Welcome to the Karkarook Park Fishing Guide. Karkarook Park is a terrific urban fishing location near Moorabbin located on the corner of Warragul road and Fairchild street. “Karkarook” is an Aboriginal term meaning “a sandy place. This is a great family location 40 minutes drive from Melbourne which has scenic views, picnic grounds and 6 kilometres of trails perfect for walking and cycling. This 15-hectare artificial wetland is popular for canoeing, kayaking, sailing and freshwater fishing for the whole family. It’s a great fishing destination for families and beginners because the lake is stocked with trout fingerlings frequently during school holiday programs. The lake also holds a healthy population of Redfin.
Things to do at Karkarook Park
Karkarook Park is a great spot for the whole family. It has BBQ facilities, picnic tables and an adventure playground ideal for young kids and toddlers. This is a scenic location with 6 kilometres of walking trails which are reasonably flat and pleasant for most. Over 500,000 trees, shrubs and grasses have been planted in recent years by volunteers. This is a nice location for duck and bird watching with over 110 different bird species recorded at the park. It’s also a great place to bring the dog with designated off-lead areas and onlead walking trials. The lake is a great location for freshwater fishing. Make sure you bring the kids as 2000 trout yearling are stocked just prior to each school holiday break.
There is plenty of free parking with 3 parking zones from the Fairchild road entrance opposite Bunnings Warehouse. Nearby attractions include some of Melbourne elite golf courses including Commonwealth, Huntingdale, Yarra Yarra, Kingston Heath, The metropolitan and the Capital. Close by there are also netball courts, football grounds, local shopping centre and Caribbean gardens market. Also a short drive away from Tirhatuan park, Kokoda trail memorial walk, Lysterfield park and Jells Park.
Fishing at Karkarook Lake
Karkarook Lake is a great fishing location where you can target several freshwater fish species. This includes trout, redfin, estuary perch, eels and carp. Recently also Murray Cod.
This lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout prior to each school holiday break. In recent years 2,000 rainbow trout yearlings have been released into the lake each school holiday terms. That’s a whopping 8,000 trout yearlings every year. Use this link to follow Victorian trout stocking programs. The state government has also started trailing the release of Murray cod and golden perch yellow belly as part of the target 10 million by 2022 native fish stocking program. In 2019 they released 50 Murray cod 40 cm in length and 200 golden perch 30cm in length.
Small redfin and stocked trout will be your main catches from this lake. Either fished land-based from the banks or by kayak and non-powered vessels. Most freshwater species tend to feed more aggressively at Dawn and Dusk. Species like perch fish particularity well during sundown in the warmer months.
14,000 yellow belly stocked into Karkarook Lake
On 18th December 2019 Victorian Fishing Authorities proudly released 14,000 yellow belly into Karkarook lake. This is an amazing initiative part of the target 3 million by 2022 that should provide amazing fishing opportunities for families in years to come. We hight recommend practising catch and release fishing were possible to allow these stocked fish to grow and flourish.
How to catch fish in Karkarook Lake
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.
If you plan to fish with bait from the banks then good options include powerbait in bright colours, worms, maggots, live minnows and mudeye. 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.
Karkarook Park holds freshwater fish that will actively take lures and soft plastics. We recommend using small curl tails, minnow imitations, and paddle tails. Both natural and bright colours work well rigged with jig heads from 1/8 through to 1/20 in weight.
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. Check out our guide on the Best lures for catching Redfin
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.
You may also consider using surface lures for estuary perch especially during dawn and dusk. A couple of good options include floating minnows and surface poppers in smaller sizes.
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.
Helpful fishing video for Karkarook Lake
Have a look at this video which highlights how to target stocked rainbow trout. Karkarook Lake is stocked heavily with rainbow trout every year during most school holidays so this video should provide you with some helpful tips.
Known Hazards at Karkarook Park Lake
There are visible snake warnings signs all over Karkarook lake and for good reason. So do take care and be wary around all areas that have water and high grass.
Visitors are asked not to feed the ducks with signs visible around the grounds.
Drone footage of Karkarrok Pake Lake
Credit to John Lo for aerial views for Karkarook park. All other images and videos shown on the Karkarook Park Fishing Guide are Fishing Mad originals.
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