Welcome to the Jells Park Fishing Guide. Jells Park Lake is a scenic man-made lake located in Dandenong creek valley, Wheelers Hill. Open all year round, tt welcomes almost a million visitors annually and for good reason. Over 100 hectares of scenic open parklands, with BBQ’s facilities, and playgrounds for the kids. There are an impressive 9 kilometres of trails for walking, jogging or cycling with your family or dog. All which lead to 3 scattered fishing jetties. Fishing is only permitted of the 2 larger jetties.
Things to do at Jells Park
Jells Park is an impressive location for the whole family. There is plenty of free available parking from the main entrance of Waverley road or Ferntree gully road. The park itself is 127 hectares of open scenic parklands, sporting facilities and cafes. Within the park, there is scenic views, several adventure playgrounds for children and toddlers, paved trails for a scenic walk, jog or cycle. There are great walking tracks and why not bring the dog for a walk by lead. The park has all the basic facilities such as toilets, parking and cafes. There are 8 scattered gas bbq’s which creates a perfect setting for an open park picnic. There are also conservation facilities on the east side of that park surrounded by wetlands and billabongs perfect for bird watching. Of course, there is also Jells lake with several scattered fishing platforms.
Fishing at Jells Park Lake
Jells lake is a great fishing location where you can target several freshwater fish species including redfin and carp. You will also find, and eels. Redfin tend to feed more aggressively at dawn and dusk and particualry well during sundown in the warmer months.
When targeting 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.
Redfin will actively take lures and soft plastics. Check out our guide on the Best lures for catching Redfin When using soft plastics, we highly recommend small curl tails, minnow imitations, and paddle tails. Both natural and bright colours work well rigged with jig heads from 1/18 through to 1/20 in weight. Where possible cast towards structure and slow roll with occasional hops and pauses for the retrieve. Small shallow diving hard body lures are also very effective in this system. As are old favourites such as spinners and Tassie devils. Ideally in smaller sizes and nice bright colours.
Metal lures and spoons are also an option. Allowing you to cast great distances and target slightly bigger fish. But they are quite heavy and very prone to snags in small inland systems like this one.
If you plan to fish with bait from the banks then good options include worms, maggots, live minnows, corn or bread. Either on a light running sinker rig, paternoster rig or suspended from a float. We have seen many trout and perch caught using these baits and methods.
A simple yet effective fishing rig here is to 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 or size 10 long shank which is perfect for corn kernels or scrub worms, however, you can also use small treble style hooks which is a better setup if you using bread.
If you plan on targeting carp from the banks then we would recommend using corn kernels, worms or bread as good bait options. Either on a basic running sinker rig or suspended from a float. It would also be wise to upgrade your fishing outfit to something a little heavier. Perhaps a 3-5 kilo fishing rod coupled with a 3000 size reel spooled with 8 pound line as a good starting point.
Rules and regulations at Jells Park
Boating or canoeing within Jells lake is prohibited.
Dogs are allowed in the park but must be on a lead at all times.
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.
All images and videos shown on the Jells Park Fishing Guide are Fishing Mad originals. You can see more about Karkarook Park rules and maps at Parks Victoria.
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