Welcome to the Goulburn River Fishing Guide. The Goulburn River is a large stretch of waterway. In facts, it’s Victoria’s largest river stretching 570klm starting in Northern Victoria around Shepparton and going all the way past Alexandria. A labyrinth of water systems that interconnects with the Murray River, Lake Eildon and more. Its a popular fishing spot in various townships around Seymour and Nagambie. It holds great numbers of redfin and trout. However, the prized catches along this stretch are native freshwater fish including golden perch and cod. It offers many beautiful country townships

Things to do along the Goulburn River

There are lots of family and fishing-friendly accommodation along the Goulburn river including the Goulburn River lodge. This is a great fishing destination either fishing the Goulburn itself or the joining Eildon or Eildon pondage. There are 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.

There are also other family activities such as Rubicon Valley horse riding adventures, Snobs Creek Vineyard. There is also the Alexandra family market held every 2nd Sunday and lots of local fresh produce.

Fishing the Goulburn River

At the Goulburn river, you can catch Murray Cod, Golden Perch, Trout, Redfin, Carp. 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. Here 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.

We would highly recommend that you read our detailed guide on how to catch trout.

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 down scan 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.


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


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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