Fishing locations Barkers creek reservoir is a small reservoir also known as Harcourt. Its located all the way down the Calder freeway past Bendigo up within the hills between the central goldfileds and orchards of Victoria. Despite its quite small size Barkers creek reservoir can produce quality Redfin and Trout. This system has happily accepted a massive boost from state target 1 million initiative. A native fish program which has seen 5,000 yellow belly fingerlings stocked in March 2019 and a total of 25,000 to date. In years to come it will also produce quality Yellow belly golden perch which will be continually stocked. There are also plans to increase stocking of brown trout.

Exciting news for kayaker, Canoes  in April 2019 with this system finally being opened up to Kayakers, Canoes and boats with small electric motors. This all part of an initiative from the local government. Details of this can be seen here.

FISH SPECIES TO TARGET

Redfin & trout in good numbers. Golden Perch will be soon as well. At the start of 2019 5,000 golden perch fingerlings were stocked here.

BEST BAITS AND LURES

Scrub worms, Crickets, Power bait, Yabbies, Mudeye. When the water level is high enough and you can get past the weed beds flicking a wide range of spinners, soft plastics & lures can be a great method of catching a prized reddie or trout. Click here to see our best lures and plastics when targeting Redfin.

ROD SETUP

When targeting trout and redfin we encourage you to fish as light as possible. This will make the experience more fun and improve your catch rates. Redfin will actively take many baits or lures. To maximize your chances fish with a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo rod. A reel size of 2500 is perfect. The main line spooled with 4-6 pound braid finished with a good quality leader. You will need to go a little heavier in years to come when yellow belly have had a chance to grow and flourish.

This is also a terrific spot for fly fisherman who can drift nymph flies with great success for trout.

MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES

Any time of day, though some fish will be more active at Dawn and Dusk

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Its a lovely scenic area, probably not a great amount of things to keep the kids occupied. So if your taking the family maybe keep the fishing to short sessions and enjoy the surrounding views, orchids and townships.

KNOWN HAZARDS

As with all country rural areas always be mindful of snakes which are active. Victoria is home to some of the worlds most venomous snakes.