Welcome to the Lake Eildon Fishing Guide. Lake Eildon is one of Victorias largest man-made lakes spanning over 500 kilometres located just under 3 hours drive northeast from Melbourne. Built-in the 1950s for irrigation and generating electricity. The lake flows into the Goulburn river and Eildon pondage resembling a large waterway labyrinth as it passes many townships such as Bonnie Doon ( Ah the serenity ). It can be a daunting task to fish Lake Eildon because if its size and variety and some local know-how can be very important. Lake Eildon is an amazing and scenic fishing destination which contributes heavily to local tourism. It’s a fantastic place for camping and to target trophy-sized rainbow or brown trout during winter. There is also plenty of golden perch, redfin, carp and Murray Cod. 

Things to do at Lake Eildon

Lake Eildon is home to many luxury houseboats and with this comes action watersports such as boating, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, jet skiing, sailing, water skiing, paddle boarding and more. However, for many Lake Eildon is a premier destination for camping and Fishing. There is also a good variety of caravan parks, accommodation and boat hire for a weekend away in country victoria. Such as Eildon Pondage Caravan park.

Lake Eildon national park is a great spot for bushwalks and spotting natural wildlife such as kangaroos, echidnas and reptiles. You can also have bushwalks at Merlo lookout and blowhard summit. As with all areas that have water and high grass just always be cautious of snakes in the area.

Please keep in mind that no boating allowed in Eildon Pondage. But it’s land-based trout fishing during season-opening is quite epic. 

Fishing at Lake Eildon

10 years ago water levels were very low at Lake Eildon. Thankfully things have improved and it once again is a premier destination to catch Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. We would highly recommend that you read our detailed guide on how to catch trout. This will be very important when targeting trout in both Lake Eildon and the Eildon Pondage. At Lake Eildon though there is also plenty of golden perch, redfin, carp and cod.

If you plan on fishing with bait then scrub worms, earthworms, power bait, yabbies, minnows and mudeye are a great choice. You can suspend baits from a float or use basic running sinker or paternoster rigs to great effect when bait fishing. At Lake Eildon, you can have great success fishing with a wide range of soft plastics & lures. Click here to read our guide on the best lures to catch redfin. If your targeting cod and yellow belly then some great lure choices would include lip-less crank-baits such as Jackall TN series, stump jumpers which can be cast or trolled, surface lures, vibes, spinnerbaits, bassman spinners, large grub style soft plastics in dark colours. The new range of Savage Gear swimbaits is also a great option for the larger species.

When fishing Lake Eildon concentrate some of your time amongst the structure. This is where many fish will reside. Tying your boat or kayak up against trees and dropping baits and lures hard up against the structure is a real key to success. Take advantage of downscan and side scan technologies on your sounder and spend some time moving between the structure to find the fish.

When targeting freshwater species such as trout, redfin we recommend fishing with a light spinning rod. This will make the experience more enjoyable and improve your catch rates. We suggest a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo fishing rod. Coupled with a 2000, 2500 or 3000 size reel that’s been spooled with a decent quality braid between 4-8 pound. Then finished with roughly a rod length of a quality fluorocarbon leader. Trout and Redfin are notorious for feeding more heavily at Dawn and Dusk. With redfin more active in the warmer months and trout more active in the colder months.

We conducted a test to see which would perform better for stocked trout powerbait or lures. Watch the video below to find out the results which were interesting.

If your site is 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 is 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.

Spring is the best time of year for targeting golden perch ( yellow belly ) and cod. They can be caught at any time 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.

If you plan on targeting carp, then you will want to have a medium 4-6 kilo bait rod spooled with heavier line. Click here to read our guide on How to catch carp in Victoria. Corn kernels, bread and worms are great options.

Lake Eildon Map

Fishing at Eildon Pondage

Eildon Pondage offers spectacular scenic views, good camping and great fishing. It has become a go-to place during trout season opening. In 2019 7 tonnes of trophy-sized rainbow trout were released in the Goulburn River and Eildon Pondage. Including 2,000 large rainbow trout weighing 4kg released across 11 different locations.


Always carry your Victorian fishing license, FishingMad encourages ‘catch & release’ of all native species to help maintain the water quality within the lake however European Carp must not be returned.


Map from tourisminternet.com and header from macwaterskiworld.com. All other images and videos shown on the Lake Eildon Fishing Guide are Fishing Mad originals.

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