Welcome to the Emerald Lake Fishing Guide. Emerald Lake or Lake Treganowan is a popular fishing location in Emerald. Roughly 90-minute drive to beautifully maintained parkland and a great spot for a family outing. When you arrive you will need to pay for entry but you can quickly see why with well-manicured picnic grounds, play areas for the kids, paddle boats, ample parking, kiosk and picturesque lake. There is also lots of trees, stunning scenery and walking trials. The lake is stocked regularly with trout fingerlings by Vic fisheries during most school holidays. Therefore it’s a great location for fishing with kids and beginners. There is also a healthy number of redfin. It’s a stunning place with a lovely wooden bridge that goes over the lake. It’s a chance to venture into a vibrant town and take the kids to the iconic puffing billy.

Things to do at Emerald Lake

It’s a great destination to take the family with scenic views, playgrounds for the kids. There are BBQ facilities, water activities, watercraft hires, open picnic grounds, walking trails, play areas for the kids, paddle boats, and fishing the very picturesque lake. Entry costs are Children (3–15 years) $4, Children (under 3) free, Adults $7 Concession $5, Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) $20. There is ample parking at the entrance and a kiosk onsite.

Emerald is a lovely township. It’s well known for hosting the puffing billy steam railway tracks and trains. Within 15 kilometres travel includes the Glen Harrow tree top walks, Sherbrooke forset, Cardinia Reservoir, Kokoda walking trial and Dandenong ranges. plenty of good reason to venture out to Emerald lake.

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Fishing at Emerald Lake

Stocked Trout will be your main target here. Powerbait trout nuggets suspended from a float area a great option for fishing here. I keep the power bait about 40cm underneath the float. Power bait is similar to what stocked trout are used to eating in the farming hatcheries so they will eagerly take power bait. Use some trout pellets as burely to bring them into the area, many locals have noted this as key to catching more fish in this spot. Other bait options include scrub worms, maggots, corn, and mudeye. Either from a float or with a light running sinker rig.

This is a great location for small lures and soft plastics. Why not have a look at our guide on the best lures to catch Redfin. Small spinners and small minnow imitation soft plastics lightly weighed are a great option here for trout. So are smaller size tassie devils. Smaller Shallow diving hard body lures such as bullet lures, Daiwa double-clutch, Rapala Countdown series and Savage gear minnows are also excellent choices.

When targeting Trout fish as light as possible which will make the experience more fun and improve your chances. Redfin will actively take many baits or lures. To maximize your chances fish with a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo rod. The main line spooled with 4-pound braid finished with a good quality leader. Stocking of the lake happens prior to each school holidays, so that’s the best time to go. But make sure you put all the small trout caught back into the system to grow. 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. Use this link to follow Victorian trout stocking programs

Please note that it can be challenging to fish at this location due to heavy weed and reeds. It can also be challenging when hired watercraft are continually going over your fishing lines. You will need to take some time to find a quiet patch to fish, so your session isn’t continually uninterrupted. You may also need to consider using flotas or lightly weighted lures to avoid weed.

Helpful fishing video for Emerald Lake Treganowan

Have a look at this video which highlights how to target stocked rainbow trout. This lake is stocked with rainbow trout every year during most school holidays so this video should provide you with some helpful tips.

Known Hazards at Emerald Park Lake

All country areas are inhabited by wildlife such as Snakes and Lizards, so be wary of venomous snakes such as Brown, Tiger and Red-bellied Black.


No powered boats allowed on the water. Camping and open fires are prohibited. Be wary of surround birdlife. 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.


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