Welcome to the Blue Rock Lake Fishing Guide. Blue Rock Lake is a stunning fishing destination as Mt Baw Baw creates as a scenic backdrop full of green hills on the lake’s edge. This amazing fishing destination is roughly 90 minutes drive from Melbourne. It’s not just the scenery that’s great the fishing is as well as one of Victorias prime surface fishing destinations for Aussie bass. Blue Rock Lake is located in Gippsland Victoria originally built to supply drinking water to the Latrobe Valley. The rivers clear waters are now common to anglers, kayaks and small boats targeting bass, redfin and trout.
With recent changes to boating, restrictions fishing here is going from strength to strength. Stocking programs are in full swing which will have amazing bass fishing for years to come. This is a great place for Kayakers with access from the main boat ramp near the dam wall of spillway road. The dam was originally built to provide cooling water for the nearby power stations within the Latrobe Valley.
Things to do at Blue Rock Dam Mt Baw Baw
This is a stunning location close to Mt Baw Baw. It’s a great destination to take the kids and unplug with some swimming, fishing, canoeing and a picnic whilst enjoying some great views. Keep an eye out for local wildlife including kangaroos, echidnas, lizards and native birds. There are several accommodation offerings in the immediate area with Willow Grove the closest small township and further on Moe. The lake is dog-friendly so feel free to bring your beloved 4 legged friends.
During winter you can visit Mt Baw Baw to enjoy the snow season. With beginner-friendly skiing and snowboarding slopes available. You can even go on a sled ride with huskies. Mt Baw Baw is also a great spot year-round for bushwalking and hiking.
Fishing at Blue Rock Lake
The lake has become home to annual local fishing competitions such as Yak hunters. Which sees anglers from far and wide get together to enjoy the lake and the joy of fishing with other fishing enthusiasts. At Blue Rock Lake you can catch Aussie bass, estuary perch, Redfin, trout and carp. The most popular form of fishing here is with surface lures and poppers targeting Aussie bass. The thrill of catching one on the surface is truly amazing. Bass will often surface to feed on insects such as grasshoppers, cicadas and flies so using lures that imitate these insects is also a good choice. Match the hatch as they say for fishing success. You will also want to keep a keen eye out for structure and target those areas closely as that’s often where bass will reside.
Despite the high volume of stocking they can be tricky to catch and catches can be far and few between. Many Bass that is caught is still quite small but this will only get better and better as stocking programs have time to mature. Since 2002, more than 300,000 bass fingerlings have been stocked in Blue Rock. Also not forgetting the lake has been annually stocked with trout fingerlings for many years. In 2015, boating restrictions at Blue Rock were removed to allow more access for boats, jet skis and kayaks. The changes were part of the State Government’s Target One Million initiative to get more people fishing in Victoria.
This is also a great location for lures and soft plastics. Check out our guide on the best lures to catch redfin. Shallow diving hard body lures and soft plastic minnow imitations are excellent choices. Some good options include bullet lures in bright and natural colours, Daiwa double-clutch, Rapala Countdown series and Savage gear minnows are also excellent choices. Traditional lures such as spinners and Tassie devils will also work really well especially in bright colours. You won’t need to get to fancy here a simple cast and slow roll will be effective. You may also consider trolling these slowly from your boat or kayak which is a very effective way of covering ground and catching fish.
When targeting freshwater species such as bass, trout, redfin and estuary perch we recommend fishing with a light spinning rod. This will make the experience more enjoyable and improve your catch rates. We suggest a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo fishing rod. Coupled with a 2000, 2500 or 3000 size reel that’s been spooled with a decent quality braid between 4-8 pound. Then finished with roughly a rod length of a quality fluorocarbon leader.
Bait fishing here can be quite productive from the banks. Some excellent bait options include mudeye on a float or scrub worms, powerbait & yabbies on a light running sinker rig. This is a great choice for trout and redfin. Trout and redfin are notorious for feeding more aggressively on dawn and dusk. So we highly recommend fishing the first and last hours of sunlight. With redfin more active in the warmer months and trout more active in the colder months.
In recent years the reservoir has been heavily stocked with trout fingerlings. Use this link to follow Victorian trout stocking program
s. Check out this video if your after some tips on how to catch recently stocked freshwater fish
Fish can be caught during any time of day however many freshwater fish are more active at Dawn and Dusk. Peak bass time in the evening on warm balmy nights. Fishing is seasonal and the warmer months will see the redfin and bass more active, whilst the colder months are ideal for targeting trout. Early morning during Spring is a good time to target trout with snow melting from Mt Baw Baw and providing cool clean water which makes the trout active.
Blue Rock Lake Boat and Kayak Access
Blue Rock is a terrific location to launch a kayak or small boat. The main boat ramp is located on 125 Spillway Rd, Willow Grove and the other boat ramp off Old Tanjil Rd. Both boat ramps have excellent amenities nearby including shelter and BBQs. This is a great spot for kayaking and you can pretty much launch your kayak from anywhere. However, near the dam wall is an excellent choice with a large clearing and easy access. Do check Blue Rock Lake boat ramp access before planning your trip.
Hazards and rules at Blue Rock Dam
This creek has had several recent outbreaks of Blue-Green Algae so always be wary of the water conditions. There is also known debris in the water so be careful when using small boats or Jet skis. This area is inhabited by wildlife such as Snakes and Lizards, so be wary of venomous snakes such as Brown, Tiger and Red-bellied Black.
Camping and open fires are prohibited. Always carry your Victorian fishing license, FishingMad encourages ‘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, no camping without special permission, no open fires. Maximum boat speed is 15 knots and 5 knots in safety zones.
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