Fishing locations Cairn Curren Reservoir is a terrific fishing detestation only 90 minutes away from Melbourne towards Newstead.

FISH SPECIES TO TARGET

murray cod, golden perch, trout, redfin

BEST BAITS AND LURES

Scrub/earth worms, Power bait, Yabbies, Mudeye and a wide range of soft plastics & lures. Click here to see our best lures and plastics when targeting Redfin. If your targeting cod and yellow belly then some great lure choices would includes lip-less crank-baits such as Jackall TN series, stump jumpers which can be cast or trolled, surface lures, vibes, spinner baits, bassman spinners, large grub style soft plastics in dark colours. The new range of Savage Gear swimbaits are also a great option for the larger species

ROD SETUP

When targeting Trout and Redfin we recommend fishing as light as possible which will provide more fun and control. To maximize your chances fish with a 2-4 or 1-3 kilo rod. Coupled with a 2000 to 2500 size reel spooled with 4-6 pound braid finished with a quality fluorocarbon leader. When targeting golden perch ( yellow belly ) it pays to fish a little heavier therefore a slight upgrade to a 2-4 or 3-5 kilo rod coupled with a 2500-3000 reel reel loaded with 6 or 8 pound braid. If your sight are set on catching a big cod then you’ll need to up your outfit. A 6 foot to 7 foot rod in a 4-8 kilo or 6-12 kilo class rod and a quality baitcaster reel spooled with 20 to 50 pound braid finished with a solid fluro carbon leader of equal strength. There are a whole range of baitcaster options suiting different budgets. An affordable starting point would be a either a Savage Gear black savage bait caster rod and reel combo or a shimano raider cod 642 with a Casitas baitcaster reel.

MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES

Spring is the best time of year for targeting golden perch ( yellow belly ) and cod. They can be caught at anytime of the day but often the last 2 hours of daylight can be the best. Trout are more active in the colder months and redfin ( perch ) are more active in the warmer months. Again you can catch all these different species during any part of the day, though some fish will be more active at Dawn and Dusk.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

It has picnic areas, bbq’s and toilets making it a suitable place to take the family fishing. It also has camping grounds for a weekend away with the family.

KNOWN HAZARDS

As with all country rural areas always be mindful of snakes.