Its been a good year for fishing in Victoria for 2019. We’re glad to announce that there is more good news for kayak fisherman across Victoria. An additional 4 lakes are now officially open to canoes, kayaks and boats with electric motors. This all part of the state government election promises and hand in hand with the target 1 million by 2020 and target 10 million by 2022 strategies. This time around we welcome the opening of the Upper Coliban river, Malmsbury Reservoir, Lauriston reservoir, and Hepburn Lagoon. Which join the other 2 lakes Barkers Creek and Tullaroop reservoirs which were also open to kayakers in April and May this year.

These systems have been heavily stocked with trout over the years using fishing license fees to good use. All three Kyneton reservoirs were stocked with nearly 110,000 native fish fingerlings last summer to encourage more locals to get fishing.

More information about Victorian lakes being open to Kayaks

You can see more information about how to fish each one of these locations using our fishing locations guidelines.

There is also planned works underway to build ramps. At Upper Coliban and Lauriston reservoirs over the next 12 months, which is more welcome news.

Quote from the Minister for Fishing and Boating Jaala Pulford

“We promised to expand on-water access to six central Victorian lakes. That’s exactly what we’ve done. Making it easier for more people to get out on the water and enjoy the great outdoors.”

Quote from the Minister for Water Lisa Neville

“Opening up access to these reservoirs is a great way to get the most out of the social and recreational values of our waterways and water storages.”

Quote from Member of Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas

“By opening on water access we’re encouraging more people to get to our region for fishing. Providing a boost to our local economy.”