Fishing Albert Park Lake is a truly underrated urban fishing location only kilometres away from the Melbourne CBD. Spanning almost 5 kilometres alongside the famous Grand Prix track and golf course it’s a popular spot with locals walking their dog, jogging, cycling, feeding the surrounding birdlife and kayaking. The lake itself is quite shallow only 1 to 2 meters deep in most areas with occasional deeper holes. The lake is quite weedy which present some challenges when fishing with lures. On sunny days a decent pair of polarised sunglasses help identify clear patches to cast lure and plastics into. It has been heavily stocked with golden perch, estuary perch and rainbow trout for many years. Overall, it’s a challenging fishing destination that greatly rewards those who put in the time and effort. With trophy-size golden perch, surface hitting EP’s and monster size Carp it’s a great urban fishing destination. A touch of local knowledge is essential here with weed and shallow water making it a tough location to master.
Check out this short video clip of a lovely golden perch caught and released at Albert Park
Things to do at Albert Park Lake
Being only 3 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD there is plenty to do at Albert Park. First, there is the world-class circuit that annually hosts the formula one Australian Grand Prix race each spring. Opposite the lake is the 18 hole championship golf course. This is a great location to bring the family for outdoor activities and fishing. The area is usually buzzing with locals cycling, walking their dogs or jogging. There is a large wooden adventure playground for kids and toddlers. There are also sports grounds, large areas to play ball sports, people rowing. Many suitable areas for a picnic along the lake, flying a kite or feeding the resident ducks and swans. There is paid parking available just keep an eye on the restriction times.
Fishing at Albert Park Lake
You can target estuary perch, golden perch, rainbow trout, mirror carp & European carp. Stocked trout yearlings are released into the lake most school holidays. Use this link to follow Victorian trout stocking programs. Albert Park lake can fish well all year round. Perch are more likely to bite in warmer months in the evenings. Whilst Trout in Colder month and the Carp all year round. You’re always likely to get more bites on sunrise and sundown but with some effort on any given day or time, it can produce quality fish. If your fishing with lures we recommend a light or medium spinning outfit. You’re likely to come across weed, snags and the odd large carp as a bycatch. A 2-4 kilo rod coupled with a small size reel such as a 2500 size with 8-pound line is a great choice. If your bait fishing for big carp, then you will want to have a medium 4-6 kilo bait rod spooled with heavier line. Click here to read our guide on How to catch carp in Melbourne.
When bait fishing the humble scrub worm with as little weight possible is best, and Corn kernels will always grab the attention of stocked trout and big carp.
Best lures when fishing at Albert Park Lake
Surface lures are a great choice when targeting estuary perch. This may include small poppers and pencil lures slowly retrieved with subtle twitching and pausing. Lightly weighted grub and minnow style soft plastics do well here on yellow belly ( golden Perch ), estuary perch, carp and trout. Lipless Crankbaits and Blades are a great choice here which will grab the attention of perch and carp. As the lake is shallow and quite weedy shallow or mid diving hard-body lures are a great all-around choice. This will allow you to target multiple species. Shallow diving lures may include eco gear SX40 or Atomic Crank.
Watch this guide on our favourite lures when targeting species such as perch
Bats are very apparent on sundown and evenings, but they pose no danger and are fun to watch. The biggest annoyances when fishing will likely be a large build-up of weed and snags in this shallow lake. We ask all anglers to be mindful of the birdlife. We have on several occasions removed the fishing line of swans. So, ensure you dispose of line and hooks properly. Also, do be mindful of rowers and many activities going on in this vibrant area. I have removed fishing line and hooks from swans so again please help the natural wildlife where possible.
Rules and regulations
FishingMad encourage ‘catch & release’ of all native species to help maintain the water quality within the lake however European Carp must not be returned. Always carry your Victorian fishing license, Vehicle access only in approved areas
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