Welcome to the Lake Burrumbeet Fishing Guide. Lake Burrumbeet is a large and shallow freshwater lake roughly 20 kilometres west of township Ballarat and 90 minutes drive from Melbourne. This lake has established a reputation as a renowned Carp fishing hot spot. Water levels have slowly been declining and last year the water levels were so low that carp were collected by hand in the hundreds. It’s a great spot which attracts families for camping, boating, kayaking, fishing, picnics and walking. Families often staying by the nearby caravan park or racetrack. The lake was recently closed due to a blue-green algae breakout so please read up on local reports before heading out there.

Check out this video we recently recorded a step by step guide on how to catch carp.

Things to do at Lake Burrumbeet

Lake Burrumbeet is a nice location to take the family. There is 6-kilometre walking track around the lake and open areas which make nice picnic grounds and camping. There is lots of active birdlife such as pelicans and eagles which can be spotted along your walk. Depending on the water depth you can also choose to take a boat or kayak on the lake. Close by is the Lake Burrumbeet Caravan Park and camping is permitted around the lake. The lake is 20 kilometres away from the township of Ballarat which has local attractions including market, adventure playground, Lake Wendouree, Ballarat Botanic Gardens, Sovereign Hill and much more. 

Fishing Lake Burrumbeet

In Lake Burrumbeet you can catch carp, trout, redfin, roach and eels. However, carp will be your primary species of choice as they are in big numbers in this lake. We recommend you read our detailed guide on How to catch carp in Victoria. Standard baits such as corn, bread, maggots work great for carp. it’s a very shallow water system in most areas so a simple running sinker rig with a pea-size sinker works great in this area. So, does suspending the same baits with a float. We have also fished well using unweighted baits.

Carp can grow to huge sizes even in small impoundments, therefore, a 3-6 kilo rod coupled with a 4000 size reel is very appropriate. You could even fish a little heavier with rods designed for snapper that are generally 4-7 kilo 7 foot in length. We recommend 10-pound line and a strong leader. Again you can go heavier if you wish, 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.

Most freshwater species have a tendency to feed more aggressively at Dawn and Dusk. We like to target carp on sundown particularity in the warmer months. This is when you might see carp swimming along the edges or jumping out of the water around. This aligned in September-November which is their spawning season. European Carp must not be returned to the water.

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 flot 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

When targeting freshwater species such as trout and 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. 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.

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

Blue-Green algae have been an issue at times, so read local reports before planning a trip out on the water. We have experienced a couple of encounters with tiger snakes here so be careful and wear appropriate footwear. If you see a Tiger snake keep your distance and don’t approach it as they can be aggressive. Remember to always carry your Victorian fishing license, European Carp must not be returned, FishingMad encourages ‘catch & release’ of all native species to help maintain the water quality within the lake.


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