Welcome to the Lake Boga Fishing Guide. Lake Boga is a family-friendly fishing and camping location 40 kilometres away from surrounding town Kerang and 15 kilometres from Swan Hill. Roughly 330 kilometres from Melbourne just over 3 hours drive. The lake holds a dense population of silver perch, redfin and carp which fires up in the warmer months. Its also a popular spot for boating, water skiing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking and jet skiing. With scattered ramps and launching facilities.

Things to do at Lake Boga

Lake Boga is a great destination for the family with camping and a heap for recreational water activities such as boating, kayaking, waterskiing, wakeboarding, swimming and fishing. You can also hire a boat if you don’t have your own. Lake Boga Caravan Park is situated directly opposite the lake. This is a nice spot to take the kids with plenty of fishing spots with surrounding parks and BBQ facilities.

Nearby attractions include the Lakeside Golf course, historic flying boat museum, St Andrews winery, Murray Valley Highway Planetarium and Observatory, and a small drive into the lovely township of Swan Hill. Enjoy the tranquil setting, vast array of birdlife and of course wildlife such as Snakes and Lizards, so be wary of venomous snakes such as Brown, Tiger and Red-bellied Black.

Fishing Lake Boga

Lake Boga has its own boat ramp providing great access for fishing. Whether by boat, kayak or land you can catch redfin, silver perch, golden perch, carp and Murray cod. Silver perch are in good numbers here its believed the silver perch migrated through the Kerang Lakes and irrigation channels and have since flourished. In 2016 Lake Boga received a $100,000 grant from the State Government’s Target One Million plan, to build a T-shaped floating platform located on the north-west side of the lake which extends 20 metres across the water. Manmade structures have also been added to help encourage the development of native fish species.

If you plan of fishing with bait than good options include worms, yabbies and mud eyes. We enjoy fishing this area flicking a wide range of soft plastics & lures. Have a look at our detailed guide on the Best lures and plastics to catch Redfin. If your targeting cod and yellow belly then some great lure choices would include. Lip-less crank-baits, Jackall TN series, stump jumpers, surface lures, vibes, spinnerbaits, bassman spinners, large grub style soft plastics. 

When targeting redfin and silver 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.

When targeting golden perch ( yellow belly ) go a little heavier with a 2-4 or 3-5 kilo rod coupled with a 2500-3000 reel loaded with 8-12 pound braid. If your targeting Murray 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 is a whole range of baitcaster options suiting different budgets. Spring is the best time of year for targeting golden perch ( yellow belly ) and cod. They can be caught at any time of the day but often the last 2 hours of daylight can be the best. Redfin ( perch ) are more active in the warmer months.

Lake Boga Carp fishing

There is plenty of carp to be caught at Lake Boga. You can learn more about catching carp have a read of our detailed guide to carp fishing around Victoria. Standard baits such as corn, bread, maggots work great for carp here. Good rigs include a simple running sinker rig with a pea-size sinker or suspending baits using a float. For rod selection, a 3-5 kilo rod coupled with a 4000 size reel is very suitable. You can fish heavier or lighter for fun I have caught some monster size carp using 2-4 kilo rod and 6-pound braid. But I am prepared to lose some good fish in the process.

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.

Running sinker fishing rig

If your getting snagged up than you can also use a float rig. Attach a quill or bubble float to your mainline. Thread the line through and adjust the length using a size 6 bait keeper hook or size 10 long shank keep your bait suspended at a good depth. Ideally cast down breeze which will stop the float from coming back to you. If you’re not getting bites then adjust the line depth and If necessary add a splint shot to add weight.

Float fishing rig

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