Fishing locations Bostock Reservoir is located of Shaws road exit towards Ballan and on your way to Daylesford. Its a challenging fishing destination which can see you put on much effort to sometimes get little reward. After some years of very low water levels bostock is once again near capacity and fishing well. Its stocked regularly with rainbow trout and has nice bbq area which means its a good family fishing destination.

FISH SPECIES TO TARGET

healthy number of both rainbow trout and brown trout, lots of small redfin, goldfish, carp & eel

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

For flicking lures and plastics you cant go past a light spinning rod around 7 foot in length with a 1-3 kilo class or 2-4 kilo class. There are so many great options to choose from in this range which can be quite confusing for beginners. When choosing a reel 1000, 2040 or 2500 size is best, spooled with 4-6 pound braid and finished with a 2 or 4 pound leader. For bait fishing again a light rod setup is best. A 2-4 kilo class rod with a 2500 size reel would be a great option spooled with 6 pound line. Beginners can go a little heavier with a 3-5 kilo rod.

MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES

In the colder months your likely to see trout surfacing at bostock in the early morning. So my recommendation in winter would be to fish the sunrise. In the warmer months the redfin get active in the late afternoon when the temperature is at its warmest.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Its a great spot for the family with open grounds and BBQ’s. I have often taken the family there to explore the area then settle down to some fishing and kite flying with a bbq

KNOWN HAZARDS

There is plenty of snake signs around Bostock reservoir for good reason, so when walking around please be weary of brown and tiger snakes. I have seen the odd snakes driving into the main entrance area.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

No fishing with waders fishing only permitted from the shore, No boats, No cleaning of fish onsite,  Always carry your Victorian fishing license, Using berley is not permitted, FishingMad encourage ‘catch & release’ of all native species to help maintain the water quality within the lake however European Carp must not be returned.