Welcome to the Cherry Lake Fishing Guide. 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.  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 have a read of our guide to carp fishing around Melbourne.

Check out this video we recently recorded. A step by step guide on how to catch carp at Cherry Lake.

Things to do at Cherry Lake

Cherry Lake is a family-friendly location with a large adventure playground, open grounds and walking tracks. It’s a great place for a picnic with onsite BBQs and tables. Why not take the dog for a walk or feed the ducks. 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. Cherry lake is only minutes away from Altona beach and hosts a small monthly market with around 80 stalls.

Fishing at Cherry Lake

At Cherry lake, you can catch carp, mirror carp, eels, tench & redfin. 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. 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.

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 a 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 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.

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.

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.

Running sinker fishing rig

If your getting snagged up than you can also use a flota 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.

Float fishing rig

Known hazards at Cherry lake

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. You can see Cherry Lake rules and regulations here.


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