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 uupgradesincluding fishing platforms, and walking trails and with recent stocking programs, this has become a great local fishing location.

What fish can I catch at Ferntree Gully Quarry Reserve

Redfin, estuary perch, carp and recently stocked with Golden perch ( Yellowbelly ), trout, and Murray cod as part of the local governments target 1 million and 10 million initiatives

What are the best lures to use at Ferntree Gully Quarry Reserve

Soft plastics at this reserve are a great choice as redfin, trout and golden perch will eagerly take these. Spinners, Tassie devils, and mid diving hard body lures are also good options for perch and trout. Flick towards structure and slow roll with occasional hops and pauses for the retrieve. If your targeting yellowbelly then vibes, blades, spinnerbaits and lipless cranks are also a great option. Click here to see our best lures and plastics when targeting Redfin.

What is the best bait to use at Ferntree Gully Quarry Reserve

Scrub worms are a great choice either on a simple running sinker rig, paternoster rig or suspended from a float. Most species in the reserve including redfin, carp, perch and trout will happily take a scrub worm.

Rod, Reel and line setup for Ferntree Gully Quarry Reserve

When targeting freshwater species including golden perch and redfin we recommend fishing with a light spinning 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 braid between 4-8 pound finished with a rod length of a quality fluorocarbon leader.

Best times to fish Ferntree Gully Quarry Reserve

Any time of day, though trout, golden perch and redfin can be more active at Dawn and Dusk

Is Ferntree Gully Quarry Reserve a family friendly destination

This is a nice spot to take the family and kids with scenic cliffsides and walking tracks. There are man-made fishing platforms, and picturesque walking trials. Why not go for a swim or go looking for native birdlife.

Known hazards at Ferntree Gully Quarry Reserve

There are steep cliff sides and its always best to take caution. The reserve received significant upgrades in 2016 after the death of a teenager who fell whilst climbing one of the cliff faces.

As with all country, rural areas always be mindful of snakes.

Parking availability at Ferntree Gully Quarry Reserve

Parking is available of Quarry road

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

If you feel this location guide is missing key information or needs any corrections made, then please let us know by emailing our team at enquiries@fishingmad.com.au with specific details in the email. Please also feel free to share any fishing pictures you have from this location with us. Thank you