Welcome to the Cosgrove Reservoir Fishing Guide. Located 10 minutes drive from Ballarat near the township of Creswick is a small water storage known as Cosgrove Reservoir. Please note you can only access this reservoir with written permission from the local shire.

Things to do at Cosgrove Reservoir

This is a scenic and hilly area which presents a nice walk. It doesn’t have playgrounds but can be a nice place for kids. It has an abundance of small redfin which makes it a great location to fish with the kids. As with all areas that have water and high grass just always be cautious of snakes in the area.

Fishing Cosgrove Reservoir

Cosgrove Reservoir Is periodically stocked with rainbow and brown trout. This reservoir is occasionally stocked with rainbow trout just prior to school holidays. Use this link to follow Victorian trout stocking programs.

If your fishing with bait then we would recommend using power bait in bright colours, live minnows, scrub worms, maggots and mudeye under a float, paternoster rig or a small running sinker rig. When fishing with lures and soft plastics we would strongly suggest starting with small soft plastics including curl tails and paddle tails, spinners and shallow diving hard body lures. For more suggestions read our guide on the Best lures and soft plastics to catch redfin 

Check out this video highlighting how to target stocked rainbow trout.

When targeting freshwater species such as trout and redfin we recommend fishing with a spinning light rod. This will make the experience more enjoyable whilst improving your catch rates. We suggest a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo capacity fishing rod. Coupled with a 2000, 2500 or 3000 size reel. Spooled with a decent quality braid between 4-8 pound finished with a rod length of a quality fluorocarbon leader.

Redfin is more active in the warmer months whilst trout are more active during the cooler months. Most freshwater species have a tendency to feed more aggressively at Dawn and Dusk. My personal favourite is fishing the sundown particularity in the warmer months.


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