Lake Colac is a shallow water system located around 2 hours outside of Melbourne of the Princess highway. Its the largest natural freshwater lake in Victoria, with an average water depth of 3.5 meters but lower with lack of water in recent years. Regularly stocked with trout but also holds healthy numbers of redfin. A spot very popular with camping, fishing, boating and skis however  water levels have been an issue here in recent years.

FISH SPECIES TO TARGET

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Redfin.

BEST BAITS AND LURES

Mudeye and powerbiat on a float is a great choice when targeting trout, I would do so using a very simple running sinker rig with small hook or treble, and a small pea size sinker. Other good options include scrub worms, yabbies and a wide range of soft plastics & lures. Click here to see our best lures and plastics when targeting Redfin. The old humble tassie devil can go quite well in this area. Berleying an isolated area and fishing that one spot is also a great idea when bait fishing.

ROD SETUP

When targeting Trout and Redfin fish as light as possible which will make the experience more fun and improve your chances. Redfin will actively take many baits or lures. To maximize your chances fish with a 2 – 4  or 1 – 3 kilo rod. The main line spooled with 4 pound braid finished with a good quality leader.

MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES

Trout and Redfin are notorious for feeding more heavily at Dawn and Dusk. My personal favourite is fishing the sundown.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

A nice family location that has park grounds, BBQ’s picnic areas, public toilets and good fishing for the family. It also offers great birdlife, camping and boating. It also has the Colac Botanic Gardens not to far away to explore.

KNOWN HAZARDS

Water levels have been a issue in recent years and launching can be difficult.