Fishing locations Emerald Lake or Lake Treganowan is a popular fishing location in Emerald. Roughly 90 minute drive to a to a beautifully maintained parklands 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 its a great location for fishing with kids and beginners. There is also a healthy number of redfin. Its 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.
BEST BAITS, LURES & TECHNIQUES
BEST BAITS AND LURES
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. Click here to see our best lures and plastics when targeting 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.
MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES
Stocking of the lake happens just prior 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 favorite is fishing the sundown particularity in the warmer months
This is a great location to bring the family. Playgrounds for the kids, lots of areas to run around, BBQ facilities, water activities and more.
Entry costs are Children (3–15 years) $4, Children (under 3) free, Adults $7 Concession $5, Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) $20.
All country areas are inhabited by wildlife such as Snakes and Lizards, so be weary of venomous snakes such as Brown, Tiger and Red bellied Black.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
No powered boats allowed on the water. Camping and open fires are prohibited. Be weary of surround birdlife. Always carry your Victorian fishing license, FishingMad encourage ‘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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