Welcome to the Blue Rock Lake Fishing Guide. Blue Rock Lake is a stunning fishing destination as Mt Baw Baw creates 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 the 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 too 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.
Recommended baits Blue Rock Lake
- Scrub worms
Recommended lures Blue Rock Lake
- Daiwa Bait Junkie 2.5 inch grub
- Jackall Micro Tappy
- Tiemco Cicada
- Storm Gomoku Popper
- Savage Gear 3D Cicada
- Jackall Micro Pompadour
- Pro lure live yabby
- OSP bent minnows
- Kietech crazy flapper
- Savage Gear Fathead shallow diving crank
- Tiemco TT Pencil
- Daiwa Dr Minnow Joint 5F
- Zman slim Swimz
- Damiki Monster Miki 2.5 sp
- Bluefox spinners
- Savage Gear minnow blade
- Berkley powerbait grub
- Daiwa Presso minnows
- Tasmanian Devil Blade
- Bullet lures 5-0 minnow
- Bullet lures 3cm lure
- strike tiger nymph
- Rapala countdown floating minnow
- Daiwa Double Clutch
- Tasmanian Devil lure
- Gulp 3 inch minnow
- Zman 2.5 inch grub
- Dawia Bait Junkie paddle tail minnow
- Squidges biotough grub
The choice of lures is almost endless to make things easier we created a detailed video on the best lures and how to use them.
Targeting Bass at Blue Rock Lake
Bass pound for pound they are considered the best sports fish on the planet. Often mistaken with the Estuary Perch these small silverfish love to smash surface and shallow diving lures. The action can be frantic on warm balmy evenings with low wind. listen for the sound of breaking water. Small surface poppers, cicadas, blades, surface minnows and pencil lures work well here. So do shallow diving hardbody lures. Noteworthy options include bent minnows, Rapala countdown series, nories laydown minnows and shallow diving cranks. Basically, anything that doesn’t dive too deep and makes a good vibrating action will work well. You can use any colour choice we often start with silvers that mimic small baitfish or mullet.
Bass also respond well to soft plastics lightly weighted. Including curl tails, paddle tails and minnow imitations. The trusty 2.5-inch grubs and minnows an excellent choice. We would recommend mixing up the retrieval speeds and pauses and playing around with different colours. Where possible fish along the structure and stay alert for signs such as breaking water.
Bass although powerful requires finesse. We recommend an ultralight fishing combo consisting of a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo spin rod around 7 foot in length. Coupled with a 1000 or 2000 size reel spooled with 2-8 pound line and equivalent fluorocarbon leader. When bait fishing uses a 2-4 kilo rod around 7 foot in length. Coupled with a 2500 size reel either a float or small running sinker to a swivel and very fine leader.
Targeting Estuary Perch at Blue Rock Lake
Another highlight of fishing in this area is targeting Estuary perch with surface and shallow diving lures. The action can be frantic on warm balmy evenings with low wind. listen for the sound of breaking water which indicates EPs are feeding. The excitement an angler gets from an EP smashing a surface lure on light gear is something that truly needs to be experienced. It almost catches you by surprise when that aggressive strike comes.
Small surface poppers, cicadas, blades, surface minnows and pencil lures work well here. So do shallow diving hardbody lures. Noteworthy options include bent minnows, Rapala countdown series, nories laydown minnows and shallow diving cranks. Basically, anything that doesn’t dive too deep and makes a good vibrating action will work well. You can use any colour choice we often start with silvers that mimic small baitfish or mullet.
EPs also respond incredibly well to a whole range of soft plastics lightly weighted. Including curl tails, paddle tails and minnow imitations. The trusty 2.5-inch grubs and minnows an excellent choice. These imitate small baitfish which the EPs are actively feeding on. We would recommend mixing up the retrieval speeds and pauses and playing around with different colours. Where possible fish along the structure and stay alert for signs such as breaking water.
Fishing for Estuary Perch requires finesse. We recommend an ultralight fishing combo consisting of a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo spin rod around 7 foot in length. Coupled with a 1000 or 2000 size reel spooled with 2-8 pound line and equivalent fluorocarbon leader. When bait fishing uses a 2-4 kilo rod around 7 foot in length. Coupled with a 2500 size reel either a float or small running sinker to a swivel and very fine leader.
Targeting Redfin at Blue Rock Lake
We recommend targeting redfin with a light spin outfit. This will make the experience more enjoyable and improve your catch rates. A 1-3 or 2-4 kilo fishing rod coupled with a 2000, 2500 or 3000 reel spooled with 4-8-pound braid and equivalent fluorocarbon leader should be perfect.
Redfin respond really well to lures and soft plastics so do check our guide on the best lures for catching Redfin When using soft plastics, we highly recommend curl tails, minnow imitations, and paddle tails in both natural and bright colours. Rigged with a jig head that’s 1/8 through to 1/20 in weight. The most effective way to use these is to cast towards visible structure and slow roll the soft plastic with lifts and pauses for the retrieve.
Shallow diving hard body lures, blades and vibes are also very effective in this system. So are traditional spinners and Tassie devils in bright colours. Metal spoons also play a role allowing you to cast great distances and targeting the bigger size reddies. Just remember they are quite heavy and very prone to snags in small inland systems like this one.
Watch our detailed video guide on our top 10 redfin lures below
Targeting Trout at Blue Rock Lake
We would highly recommend that you read our detailed guide on how to catch trout which details our favourite lures, baits and techniques. You can follow trout stocking timelines by reading the Victorian trout stocking guide as part of the target 1 million by 2020 and 10 million by 2022 initiatives.
When targeting trout with lures we recommend using shallow diving hard body minnows, metal spoons, spinners, Tassie devils and soft plastics which are also very effective on trout. If your bait fishing, then Mudeye, scrub worms, power bait, yabbies and minnows suspended from a float or a running sinker rig are great options when targeting trout at this location. Trout are more active in cold conditions with most catches on first and last light of the day.
We recommend targeting trout with a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo fishing rod coupled with a 1000, 2000, or 2500 reel spooled with 4-8-pound braid and equivalent fluorocarbon leader. If there are larger trophy size trout around than you can go heavier moving up the scale to a 3-5 kilo class spin rod spooled with fine 8-12-pound braid and equivalent fluorocarbon leader.
We conducted a test to see which would perform better for stocked trout powerbait or lures. Watch the video below to find out the results which were interesting.
Targeting Carp at Blue Rock Lake
There is a large volume of carp in local lakes however they are fun to catch and you can learn more about catching carp have a read of our detailed guide to carp fishing around Victoria. When targeting carp standard baits such as corn, bread, maggots work great for carp here. Using a simple running sinker rig with a pea-size sinker works great in this area. So, does suspending baits using a float. We have also fished well using unweighted baits. You can also target carp with hard body lures and soft plastics. This is a difficult technique that generally requires sight casting. Which means spotting a nearby carp and casting right in there are and working the lure of plastic slowly hoping they will strike. Its tough but very rewarding when you catch a carp using this method. Most however will stick to targeting them with bait.
For rod selection, a 3-5 kilo rod coupled with a 4000 size reel is very suitable. You could even fish a little heavier with rods designed for snapper that are generally 4-7 kilo 7 foot in length. For fun I have caught some monster size carp using 2-4 kilo rod and 6-pound braid. But I am prepared to lose some good fish in the process. We like to target carp on sundown particularity in the warmer months. This is often when you see carp swimming along the edges or jumping out of the water around September-November which is their spawning season. European carp must not be returned to the water. Always carry your Victorian fishing license.
A simple yet effective fishing rig here is to thread a small running sinker through the mainline shown in blue, which is usually around 8 pounds. Then tie a medium swivel to the end allowing the sinker to run up the mainline freely. Then tie on the other end of the swivel 50cm of 8-pound fluorocarbon leader (the leader is shown in grey ). Finished with a hook. I generally use a size 6 bait keeper hook or size 10 long shank which is perfect for corn kernels or scrub worms, however, you can also use small treble style hooks which is a better setup if you using bread.
If your getting snagged up than you can also use a flot rig. Attach a quill or bubble float to your mainline. Thread the line through and adjust the length using a size 6 bait keeper hook or size 10 long shank keep your bait suspended at a good depth. Ideally cast down breeze which will stop the float from coming back to you. If you’re not getting bites then adjust the line depth and If necessary add a splint shot to add weight.
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.
Image used from fim.vic.gov.au and Images of fish supplied VFA and DEPI. All other images and videos shown on the Blue Rock Lake Fishing Guide are Fishing Mad originals.
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