Fishing locations Cherry Lake is a popular family destination in Altona. With playgrounds, picnic and BBQ facilities. It’s not far from the beach and hosts a small monthly Market with 80 stalls. Cherry Lake however is mainly known for its population of large European Carp. Yes there is plenty of them and they can grown into huge sizes. It also has Eels and Redfin that can be targeted too.
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FISH SPECIES TO TARGET
carp, mirror carp, eels & redfin
BEST BAITS AND LURES
Corn, Bread, Maggots & Powerbait. A simple running sinker with little weight is a great as its a very shallow system. So is fishing using a float and suspending your baits. Generally have only seen people bait fishing at Cherry Lake.
Your mainly going to be catching carp at Cherry lake and they can grow very large. Therefore if your chasing Carp then a 3-6 kilo rod coupled with a 4000 size reel is very appropriate. I would recommend 8 pound line and leader, you can go a little stronger.
MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES
Most freshwater species have a tendency to feed more aggressively at Dawn and Dusk. My personal favorite is fishing the sundown particularity in the warmer months. This is often when you see Carp near the edges and jumping out of the water.
Cherry Lake is a very kid friendly place with the large adventure playground, walking tracks, picnic areas, BBQ’s and ducks ready for a feed.
I have heard several encounters between anglers and Tiger snakes, so be careful and wear appropriate foot wear. If you see a Tiger snake don’t approach it. I have also seen huge swamp rats.
Parking is available near the playground entrance. This can get busy during market days.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
European Carp must not be returned. 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.