Fishing locations 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. Popular for fishing in towns around Seymour and Nagambie. It holds great numbers of Redfin and trout. However the prized catches along this stretch are native fresh water fish including Golden perch and Cod. You can also keep yourself nice and busy with lots of Carp.

FISH SPECIES TO TARGET

Murray Cod, Golden Perch, Trout, Redfin, Carp

BEST BAITS AND LURES

Scrub/earth worms, Power bait, Yabbies, Mudeye and a wide range of soft plastics & lures. Click here to see our best lures and plastics when targeting Redfin. If your targeting cod and yellow belly then some great lure choices. These includes lip-less crank-baits such as Jackall TN series, stump jumpers. Either cast or trolled, surface lures, vibes, spinner baits, bassman spinners, large grub style soft plastics in dark colours. The new range of Savage Gear swimbaits are also a great option for the larger species

ROD SETUP

When targeting Trout and Redfin we highly recommend fishing as light as possible which will provide more fun and control. To maximize your chances fish with a 2-4 or 1-3 kilo rod. Coupled with a 2000 to 2500 size reel spooled with 4-6 pound braid finished with a quality fluorocarbon leader. When targeting golden perch ( yellow belly ) it pays to fish a little heavier therefore a slight upgrade to a 2-4 or 3-5 kilo rod coupled with a 2500-3000 reel reel loaded with 6 or 8 pound braid. If your sight are 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 are 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.

MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES

Spring is the best time of year for targeting golden perch ( yellow belly ) and cod. They can be caught at anytime 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.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

This is an nice spot to take the kids with plenty of fishing spots with surrounding parks and BBQ facilities

KNOWN HAZARDS

All rural 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

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.