Welcome to the Hanging Rock Fishing Guide. Hanging Rock in Woodend is a beautiful location amongst the Macedon ranges more known for its picturesque walking tracks and stunning rare volcanic rock formations along the top of the mountain walks. A sacred indigenous setting is now a location for amazing photos, and picnics with the resident kangaroos, koalas, wallaby’s, many species of birds, lizards and wildlife. It’s a spot that the family will love, but many don’t realise that there is a small fishing pool located near the race track.
Things to do at hanging Rock
Its a lovely area, with stunning views, photo opportunities, walking trails, open picnic grounds amongst the kangaroos and birds. You can enjoy the surrounding views and challenge yourself to climb to the top. You can see a Map of Hanging rock walking trial here. The rock is a truly unique formation a former volcano which now lies 718m above sea level between the townships of Newham and Hesket, 70 km from Melbourne and 20 minutes from Mount Macedon.
Hanging rock also features regualry hosre racing, markets and occasionla music concerts. There is ample parking with $10 entry fee which must be aid at the cafe. As with all country, rural areas always be mindful of snakes.
Fishing at Hanging Rock
Hanging Rock Lake is a nice place to target stocked Trout. Use this link to follow Victorian trout stocking programs. 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 berely to bring them into the area, many locals have noted this as key to catching more fish in this spot.
Powerbait or lures for stocked trout. Well, we tested this theory so watch the video below to find out the results which were interesting.
Other bait options include scrub worms, maggots, corn, and mudeye. Either from a float or with a light running sinker rig. Thread a small running sinker through the mainline shown in blue, which is usually around 8 pounds. Then tie a medium swivel to the end allowing the sinker to run up the mainline freely. Then tie on the other end of the swivel 50cm of 8-pound fluorocarbon leader (the leader is shown in grey ). Finished with a hook. I generally use a size 6 bait keeper hook..
This lake also has redfin in this small lake. This is a great location for small lures and soft plastics. Have a look at our detailed guide on the 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.
Check out this video highlighting how to target stocked rainbow trout. This video will walk you through some helpful tips to get you started.
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.
Stocking of the lake happens just prior to 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 favourite is fishing the sundown particularity in the warmer months.
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