Fishing locations Cherry Lake is a go-to fishing destination if you enjoy fishing for large carp. Its a popular family destination in Altona with walking trails, playgrounds, duck feeding, picnic and BBQ facilities. It’s only minutes away from Altona beach and hosts a small monthly market with around 80 stalls. Cherry Lake, however, is mainly known for its population of large European Carp. Yes, there is plenty of them and they can grow into quite massive sizes. It also has a population of eel, tench and redfin that can be targeted if you can get past all the carp. To learn more about catching Carp click here to read our guide on master carp fishing around Melbourne.
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Fish species to target
Carp, mirror carp, eels, tench & redfin
Fishing Cherry Lake with bait
Stock standard baits such as corn, bread, maggots work great for carp at Cherry Lake. it’s a very shallow water system only 1 meter deep in most areas so a simple running sinker rig with a pea size sinker works great in this area. So, does suspending the same baits with a float. We have also fished well using unweighted baits.
Fishing Cherry Lake with lures
Generally, we only fish with the baits above at Cherry Lake. I have caught Carp on hard body cranks and curl tail soft plastics at Cherry Lake but most will be fishing with bait.
Rod setup at Cherry Lake
You’re mainly targeting carp at Cherry lake and they can grow very large. Therefore, a 3-6 kilo rod coupled with a 4000 size reel is very appropriate. You could even fish a little heavier with rods designed for snapper that are generally 4-7 kilo 7 foot in length. We recommend 10 pound line and a strong leader. Again you can go heavier if you wish, 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.
Most productive times
Most freshwater species have a tendency to feed more aggressively at Dawn and Dusk. 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.
Cherry Lake is a very family friendly location. There is a large adventure playground, walking tracks, picnic areas, BBQ’s and ducks ready for a feed.
We have experienced several encounters with large Tiger snakes at Cherry Lake, so be careful and wear appropriate footwear. If you see a Tiger snake keep your distance and don’t approach it as they can be aggressive. There are also many large swamp rats which the snakes are actively feeding on.
Parking at Cherry Lake
Parking is available near the playground entrance of Millers road. There is also parking around other areas of the lake particularly near the football grounds and athletics facilities. This can get busy during market days.
Rules and regulations
European Carp must not be returned to the water at Cherry Lake. Always carry your Victorian fishing license, Vehicle access only in approved areas, Certain areas of Cherry Lake are zoned of for no fishing due to drop nets to control the carp numbers.
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