50 kilometres south of Ararat, 100 kilometres west of Ballarat or an easy driving distance from the Grampians National Park, Lake Bolac is perfect for a day out on the water. The freshwater lake is about 6-7 feet deep and is a popular boating, fishing and sailing area.
Here you can hook yellow-belly, redfin, rainbow trout, golden perch, estuary perch or short-finned eel.
Located between Stawell and Halls Gap, Lake Fyans is another popular destination. It is a relatively small man-made catchment and is a great destination for all ages to enjoy swimming, water skiing, fishing and sailing. Similar to Lake Wartook, Lake Fyans is best known for its trophy sized redfin as well as its big brown trout and feisty rainbows, it offers some great boat and bank angling options too. When the lake is holding a healthy amount of water, shore-based angling is a good option, especially fishing with mud eye or fly fishing.
Located in Stawell, Cato Lake is a designated family fishing lake and is regularly stocked with catchable sized rainbow trout and redfin, especially on the school holidays. The Lake is surrounded with parklands, barbecues, tables and seating, a playground and walking trails which weave in and around the park. It is the place to go with the family or for a nice, relaxing time.
The Wimmera River runs right through Horsham and is an excellent spot for catching golden perch, silver perch, catfish, redfin and Murray cod. Baits such as worms, yabbies and yabby tails work well, with lures such as StumpJumpers and spinnerbaits accounting for larger fish. At the start of every year, Horsham hosts a popular fishing competition at the Wimmera River, this draws large crowds and some excitement to the town!
Lake Toolondo, south west of Horsham has a reputation for brown trout and redfin fishing with outstanding catches regularly being reported. The Lake offers great fishing whether you’re into fly fishing, bait or lure fishing. The Lake is also popular for swimming and other boating adventures. At the northern end of the Lake there is a boat ramp and toilet facilities. There's also a nearby caravan park.
Taylor’s Lake 20 kilometres south-east of Horsham, is always popular with fishers, especially with its ample parking, toilet facilities, boat ramps, camping grounds and nearby picnic facilities. The Lake is renowned for Australian natives and is the best place to catch Murray cod in the Grampians region. If you’re lucky, you can catch golden perch, as well as redfin here.
Tucked away in the heart of Hamilton is Lake Hamilton, a well-kept fishing secret that produces redfin and trout, and in recent years has been stocked with estuary perch, golden perch and some have had success with tench. A picnic by the lakeside creates a breathtaking experience for day trippers keen to relax and enjoy the peaceful setting.
Surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges, Lake Bellfield, four kilometres south of Halls Gap provides excellent opportunities for fly-fishing, with redfin, trout and river blackfish calling the Lake home. The Lake is the local water supply, so no powerboats are permitted, but electric motors are. There is good access along the west bank for fishing and a dirt ramp situated near the picnic area.
North of Hamilton is Rocklands Reservoir, the second largest lake in Victoria. Redfin is the predominant species here, but also has Murray cod, brown trout and golden perch. There is a good stretch of bank fishing near the dam wall. However, a boat is necessary to reach the more remote areas of the dam.
NOTE: Boating is prohibited within 200 metres of the dam wall. Rocklands Reservoir is also a great location for canoeing, water-skiing and its abundant wildflowers and walking trails.