Fishing locations Lake Colac is the largest natural freshwater lake in Victoria spreading across 2,778 hectares. It’s located around 2 hours drive from Melbourne of the Princess highway alongside the township of Colac. Which is situated between Geelong and Camperdown. It is however a very shallow lake and water levels have been slightly declining in recent years. With an average water depths of a mere 3.5 to 2.5 in most areas. When it comes to fishing by far redfin is the most targeted species in this lake. However there has been a big attempt in recent years by Vic Fisheries to embrace trout fishing in this systems. As part of the T1M target 1 million campaign 5,000 tryout were released in 2017 and again in 2018 and 2019. A spot very popular with camping, fishing, boating and skis. The lake was opened to boating in the early 1900 with its first jetties erected back then. But do take care when boating as water levels have been an issue here in recent years.

FISH SPECIES TO TARGET

Redfin, Recent stocking programs for brown trout and rainbow trout as part of the target 1 million state government initiative. You can see more details on the trout stocking in 2017 here.

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, and parklands with natural bike tracks surrounding the lake.

KNOWN HAZARDS

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