Ferntree Gully Quarry reserve is a unique and scenic fishing destination. A location often overlooked or unknown to those around Melbourne. Several years ago the lake with drained and almost unfishable, but thanks to some major upgrades including fishing platforms, and walking trails and with recent stocking programs, this has become a great local fishing location.
Have a look at this video we recently filmed at Ferntree Gully Quarry where we catch 10 stocked rainbow trout in 90 minutes. It highlights the main features and facilities of the park and we also provide some key tips and techniques to help you catch a few trout as well.
Things to do at Ferntree Gully Recreational Reserve
Ferntree Gully recreation reserve is an amazing place to take the family. Stunning views consisting of scenic rocky cliffsides and paved walking tracks. There are man-made fishing platforms overlooking crystal clear waters and scenery. There is active birdlife including kookaburras. This is a great place to bring the dog as your dog is free to roam around without a lead.
Please note there is limited parking available. Just follow railway road that then turns into quarry road. Park at the top then walk your way down to the reserve.
Ferntree Gully is a vibrant township with plenty of great outdoor activities. Local attractions within close vicinity include the Kokoda trial memorial walk, The Tim Neville arboretum lakes sculptures and fountains, Churchill national park to spot some Aussie wildlife or walks and hikes within the very scenic Dandenong ranges.
Fishing at Ferntree Gully Quarry
Ferntree Gully Quarry is a great fishing location where you can target several freshwater fish species. This includes trout, redfin, estuary perch, carp, golden perch and Murray cod.
This lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout prior to each school holiday break. Use this link to follow Victorian trout stocking programs. The state government has also started trailing the release of Murray cod and golden perch yellow belly as part of the target 10 million by 2022 native fish stocking program. In 2019 they released 50 Murray cod 40 cm in length and 200 golden perch 30cm in length.
Small redfin and stocked trout will be your main catches from this lake. Most freshwater species tend to feed more aggressively at Dawn and Dusk. Species like perch fish particularity well during sundown in the warmer months.
How to catch fish in Ferntree Gully Quarry
When targeting freshwater species such as trout, redfin and estuary perch 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.
If you plan to fish with bait from the banks then good options include powerbait in bright colours, worms, maggots, live minnows and mudeye. Either on a light running sinker rig, paternoster rig or suspended from a float. We have seen many trout and perch caught using these baits and methods.
Ferntree Gully Quarry holds freshwater fish that will actively take lures and soft plastics. When using soft plastics, we highly recommend small curl tails, minnow imitations, and paddle tails. Both natural and bright colours work well rigged with jig heads from 1/18 through to 1/20 in weight. Where possible cast towards structure and slow roll with occasional hops and pauses for the retrieve.
Small shallow diving hard body lures are also very effective in this system. As are old favourites such as spinners and Tassie devils. Ideally in smaller sizes and nice bright colours. Check out our guide on the Best lures for catching Redfin
Metal lures and spoons are also an option. Allowing you to cast great distances and target slightly bigger fish. But they are quite heavy and very prone to snags in small inland systems like this one. If your targeting golden perch then vibes, blades, spinnerbaits and lipless cranks are also a great option. You may also consider using surface lures for Murray cod and estuary perch especially during dawn and dusk. A couple of good options include floating minnows and surface poppers in smaller sizes.
If you plan on targeting carp from the banks then we would recommend using corn kernels, worms or bread as good bait options. Either on a basic running sinker rig or suspended from a float. It would also be wise to upgrade your fishing outfit to something a little heavier. Perhaps a 3-5 kilo fishing rod coupled with a 3000 size reel spooled with 8 pound line as a good starting point.
Rules and regulations at Ferntree Gully Quarry Reserve
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.
Additions and corrections of this location
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