Fishing locations Lake Bullen Merri AKA Crater Lake is about 25 minutes down the road from Lake Purembette. A beautiful countryside along Camperdown roughly 2 and half hours drive from Melbourne. It’s a large and deep volcanic crater lake which was created by two overlapping volcanoes. Its stocked regularly by Victorian fisheries with trout, salmon and bass. There are some huge fish in this lake, with chinook salmon caught up to a meter in size. There are also trophy size brown and rainbow trout. It also offers Australian Bass all growing to great sizes. Its a great lake for trolling in your boat and reaches maximum depths of 66 meters deep which is truly impressive for a lake. There is a local Caravan park as-well as are multiple boat ramps and plenty of access for land based anglers.

FISH SPECIES TO TARGET

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Atlantic Salmon, Chinook Salmon, Australian Bass

BEST BAITS, LURES & TECHNIQUES

Trolling

The most popular technique we have seen at this location is trolling. Either large diving hard body lures such as Daiwa Double clutch 90mm version or large Tassie devils in bright colours. Allowing these to sit about 50 meters behind the boat and trolling at a very slow pace. I like to watch the vibrating action of the lure to work out if I’m going to slow to fast. Generally around 3 kilometres is a nice speed. Some boaters are lucky enough to have downriggers and have been using these to great effect to keep diving hard body lures to greater depths. Most catches we have seen have been those trolling in depths or 20 to 30 meters. A tip would be to troll 2 lures that dive to different depths and see if a particular depth on that day is more effective. Also try and keep your rod tip low as close to the water as possible. This will provide the lure with the best natural action, getting it deeper and encourage more strikes.

Bait and soft plastics

If you plan to bait fish for Chinook Salmon then the best bait choice is generally pilchards. We like to use these either unweighted or with a slow running sinker rig with a small sinker to a swivel and roughly half a meter of strong leader. Generally we will fillet the pilchard for best bait presentation.

When bait fishing for trout and redfin the most successful method has been using live minnows on a paternoster rig. Live minnows surprisingly can be caught with a large net and can of cat food, or they can be purchased from nearby lake Bullen Merri. There are also other bait options which work well too such as Mud eyes, Scrub worms, Power bait, and Yabbies. Redfin and Trout will happily take a wide range of soft plastics & lures. Click here to see our best lures and plastics when targeting Redfin.

ROD SETUP

Rod choice can be quite difficult as there are so many different styles of fishing techniques on offer. For instance if your trolling large hard body lures targeting big salmon or trout then you would want a medium class rod that a little stiffer then rods that you would be flicking soft plastics with. You will certainly come across big Salmon and Trout in this lake so it pays to fish with slightly heavier line and leader.  2-4 or 3-5 kilo class spin rod would be a great option. The main line spooled with fine 8 pound braid finished with a good quality leader.

MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES

You can catch fish during anytime of the day. However when trolling we find most catches to be on first and last light of the day. Also remember that trout and salmon are more active in cold conditions and redfin are more active in warm conditions.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Its a beautiful location and a nice spot to take the kids. The is camping options along the lake and facilities such as playgrounds. The family will enjoy hitting the water either by boat or Kayak or land based

KNOWN HAZARDS

The boat ramps are in desperate need of an upgrade so take care when launching boats or powered vehicles. Because of its location which is very open and exposed this can be a very cold and windy location. In recent years there has been the odd breakout of blue green algae confirmed so just keep an eye out for any notifications.