Welcome to the Hepburn Lagoon Fishing Guide. Hepburn Lagoon is a large man-made lake originally made in the 1800s and expanded in the 1960s. Its roughly 90 minutes drive from Melbourne and is a great fishing destination located between Kingston and Blampied. Access via paddocks along Clunes road or from Werona Kingston Road. Notorious for great rainbow and brown trout fishing in winter and solid redfin fishing in summer. It’s a challenging location that can get very cold and windy during winter months. A popular fishing spot by fly fishermen it will also become for kayakers. 2019 marks as a significant milestone for the lagoon which has been opened to kayaks and non-powered vessels.
Things to do at Hepburn Lagoon
Hepburn Lagoon is located within scenic farmlands. One nearby attraction is the Maze house a 27-year-old hedge maze which the family will enjoy. The Maze house also has scenic gardens and carnival games located on 3155 midlands highway. You might also consider a guided horseback trail rides through scenic country victoria. If you have young kids then consider heading back towards Daylesford and look at places such as Jubille Lake which offer fishing with playgrounds and BBQ facilities.
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.
Fishing at Hepburn Lagoon
We would highly recommend that you read our detailed guide on how to catch trout. At Hepburn Lagoon your can catch brown trout, rainbow trout, redfin, eels, tench and carp. Trophy size rainbow and brown trout are not uncommon from Helburn lagoon and this will no doubt be your main target here. Fly fishing is a popular fishing method at this location. If your bait fishing then Mudeye on a float is a great choice when targeting trout in Hepburn lagoon. Other good options include scrub worms, power bait, yabbies. When targeting trout with lures its tough to bo past shallow diving hard body minnows, metal spoons, spinners and Tassie devils. There is also a wide range of soft plastics & lures.
This is a great location for lures and soft plastics. Check out our guide on the best lures to catch Redfin. Long casting metal lures and spoons are great for land-based anglers and will allow you to target both trout and redfin at the same time. Shallow diving hard body and minnow imitation lures are also excellent choices. You will also certainly catch your fair share of redfin and trout with soft plastics and spinners. You often see trout surfacing to take flys of the surface so fly and crickets so imitations such as the savage Gear Mayfly are great options.
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. Trout and Redfin are notorious for feeding more heavily at Dawn and Dusk. My personal favourite is fishing the sundown.
Check out this video if your after some tips on how to catch recently stocked freshwater fish
Known Hazards at Hepburn Lagoon
It gets bitterly cold in Hepburn lagoon during winter. I can remember being in the lagoon wearing waders with the temperature below 1 degree. So remember to wear thermals and keep warm. Snakes can be located in these areas. Tiger snakes, Brown snakes and Red Bellied Black. Best bet is to wear protective gumboots and strong fabric pants.
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