of the best inland fishing in Australia can be found in the Wimmera
and Grampians region of Western Victoria. Most of the waters are
controlled by Wimmera and Mallee Water and serve the needs of the
domestic and stock water throughout the Wimmera and Mallee.
in the Grampians
Only four kilometres form Halls Gap, Lake Bellfield provides an
excellent location for bank fishing with Redfin and Trout being
the predominant species. Internal combustion engines are not permitted
on the lake, but rowing and electric powered boats may be used.
Camping and accommodation facilities are close by.
Another great location for anglers to catch Brown Trout and
redfin is the wonderfully picturesque Lake Wartook. A longtime
favourite for Trout anglers, whether fishing with artificial fly,
spinning or using bait, Lake Wartook is the oldest rural reservoir
in Victoria. Fishing off the wall section of the lake is permitted
providing comfortable bank fishing. The maximum motor rating for
boats is 8Kw (10HP) and a maximum speed of 8km/h applies. There
is a boat ramp and camping facilities at nearby Smiths Mill campground.
in the Wimmera
There is excellent fishing at Lake Fyans which is located near
Halls Gap and Stawell. The lake is regularly brimming with Rainbow
and Brown Trout as well as Redfin. There is a boat ramp and the
lake is popular for swimming, skiing and yachting with plenty
of room for anglers.
The beautiful Wimmera River with it's gum tree lined banks provides
good fishing and is the venue for a famous fishing competition
being the largest and richest of it's type in Australia. The competition
is held each Labour Day Long Weekend in March, with a new car
being awarded for the heaviest catch.
Covering an area of 215 hectares, Dock Lake provides excellent
fishing for Rainbow Trout and Redfin along with swimming and boating.
Situated just north of Green Lake, 10kms from Horsham.
Green Hill Lake, 4kms east of Ararat, covers some 217 hectares
and is well stocked with Redfin and good sized Trout. A special
feature of the lake is it's canoe channels and there are good
waters for skiing and swimming. The northern end is an aquatic
playground and contains an abundance of birdlife.
Only 10kms from Horsham, this lake while used for a variety of
water sports, is one of the regions most productive native fishing
waters. Covering some 174kms, the lake has good fishing for Murray
Cod, Golden Perch and Redfin. As well as being ideal for swimming,
windsurfing, and water skiing.
Covering some 40hectares Lake Charlegrark is 25km from Garoke
and is renowned for it's Murray Cod fishing, Redfin and Yabbying.
The lake is also suitable for boating activities including water
skiing and windsurfing.
Nearby the town of Jeparit is Lake Hindmarsh, the largest inland
freshwater lake in Victoria providing four miles of beach. Popular
for camping and all watersports the lake is also a popular site
While being relatively shallow, Lake Lonsdale has a large surface
area and during the wetter years has good fishing for Redfin and
Trout. The lake provides water for the Wimmera Mallee Channel
system and can be dry for long periods of time.
in the town of Edenhope, Lake Wallace is considered one of the
best flyfishing waters in the Wimmera as well as providing good
fishing for Brown and Rainbow Trout, Redfin and Tench. The lake
is also popular for yachting, boating, water skiing and swimming.
A nature lover's paradise the lake is popular for all kinds of
water activities and provides the prospect of Trout, Redfin and
Yabbies. On the western side Mt. Arapiles provides an attractive
backdrop for a plenitude of wildlife, which includes the rare
freckled duck, pelicans, spoonbills, cranes and many more. The
lake is subject to low water levels during some summer periods.
Pine Lake is part of the Wimmera - Mallee water supply system
and covers an area of some 734 hectares. There are wonderful opportunities
for Brown and Rainbow Trout throughout the year as well as good
yabbying in the summer.
Located at the base of the Black Ranges, the Rocklands Reservoir
was built in 1953 to feed the Wimmera/Mallee Stock and Domestic
Supply Scheme. The dam wall is over 100 ft high and 70ft thick
and rises some 66ft above the river bed. The reservoir supplies
farms in an area covering 11,000 square miles and is carried along
earthen channels for some 6900 miles. A popular fishing spot where
Redfin are the predominate fish. The majority of the fish are
taken by boat, fishing around trees with bait such as worms, gudgeon
and yabbies or by spinning in open waters.
Situated 18kms from Horsham, Taylors Lake was once regarded as
the most popular Murray Cod waters in Victoria. The lake is used
for boating, water skiing, and swimming, and provides good fishing
for Redfin, and Golden Perch.
A short distance south of Horsham, Toolondo Reservoir is a fisherman's
paradise with catches of Giant Brown and Rainbow Trout and Redfin
for the taking. The lake covers an area of 1,444 hectares and
is also popular for swimming and boating activities.
the Wimmera area there are many rivers and streams
which provide wonderful fishing opportunities.
In The Grampians National Park there is the MacKenzie River and
Fyans Creek and near Dadswells Bridge Mount William Creek.
Regulations in the Grampians National Park
persons over 16 years of age (except licenced master fisherman,
holders of an old age, invalid, TPI or war service pension) who
take or attempt to take fish from Victorian Inland Waters must
possess an amateur fishing licence. Licences are available from
Department of Conversation and Natural Resources Offices or local
Australia's premier fishing site
Horsham's Annual Fishing Contest
of Conservation and Natural Resources:
Grampians National Park Visitors Centre - Halls Gap Ph: (03) 5356
Horsham Office - McLachlan St pH: (03) 5381 1255
Cavendish Office - Cadden St Ph: (03) 5574 2308
Mallee Water - Horsham (03) 5362 0200