Welcome to the Brimbank Park Fishing Guide. Brimbank Park is located 15 kilometres from Melbourne of the Calder freeway in the suburb of Keilor. It’s well known for its scenic walking and cycling trails along the river. It’s also popular for school group on programs such as orienteering. It does, however, have a picturesque river that runs through it providing anglers with some big size carp and redfin. There is adequate parking at the bottom after a couple of minutes drive down the circling roadway over many speed humps. Brimbank Park is open seven days a week 6.00am – 5.30pm / 6.00am – 8.00pm during Daylight Savings
Things to do at Brimbank Park
It’s a great spot to take the kids with multiple adventure playgrounds, with artistic and interactive sculptures. For families, there are bbq facilities, walking and cycling trails, toilets, and sheltered areas. There is also active animal life with rabbits, lizards, birds and yes snakes. It’s often a spot where school grounds take kids on orienteering programs and aboriginal culture learnings near lizard cafe. It’s also a great location for picnics and walking the dog. It’s also a good spot to launch a kayak and venture up the river. You can see the latest rules of the park from the city of Brimbank website. I have had several close encounters with brown snakes at Brimbank park so do be careful.
Fishing at Brimbank Park
Running through Brimbank park is the outer reaches of the Maribyrnong River. This area is mainly freshwater and home to carp, redfin, brown trout and eels. Carp will be your most frequent catch and they can grow to enormous sizes in this area. Most of the fishing will be done land-based but you can also take a kayak in certain areas.
How to catch fish at Brimbank Park
When targeting redfin 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. Good bait option will include worms, maggots, live minnows and mudeye. Either on a light running sinker rig, paternoster rig or suspended from a float.
For soft plastics, we highly recommend small curl tails, minnow imitations, and paddle tails. Both natural and bright colours work well rigged with jig heads from 1/18 through to 1/20 in weight. Small shallow diving hard body lures are also very effective in this system. As are old favourites such as spinners and Tassie devils. Ideally in smaller sizes and nice bright colours. Check out our guide on the Best lures for catching Redfin
If you plan on targeting carp from the banks then we would recommend using Corn kernels, worms, maggots or bread as good bait options. Either on a basic running sinker rig or suspended from a float. There are some huge carp at Brimbank park so it would also be wise to upgrade your fishing outfit to something a little heavier. Perhaps a 3-5 kilo fishing rod coupled with a 3000 size reel spooled with 8-pound line as a good starting point.
Can be fished any time of day with success.
Helpful fishing video for Brimbank Park
Have a look at this video which runs you through how to catch carp. It covers setup, rigging techniques and baits and some helpful tips.
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