Welcome to the Lake Hamilton Fishing Guide. Lake Hamilton is a great fishing location near the Grampians. This manmade lake was built in 1977 and is found on the eastern side of the suburb of Hamilton surrounded by an emerging housing estate. A popular lake for a range of water sports

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Things to do at Lake Hamilton

Lake Hamilton is a scenic lake not too far from the Grampians. It’s a popular spot for the family for a whole range of activities including walking or cycling around the track that goes around the lake. Also on water activities like fishing, sailing and rowing. There is a boat ramp on Mills road great for motored sports including speed boats and jet skis. The Lake itself has a car park, picnic grounds, BBQ facilities and Lakes Edge Adventure Playground for the kids. Nearby you can also enjoy the Hamilton Skate Park and the Dog Park. There is also a weekly 5km run around the lake.

Please note there are scedules of when powered and non-powered vessels. This is done for safety reasons.

Lake Hamilton Schedule


Fishing at Lake Hamilton

Lake Hamilton is a diverse fishing location with multiple freshwater species to target. You can catch rainbow trout, brown trout, redfin, estuary perch, golden perch, tench and eels. The lake is mainly shallow and weedy in some areas. This is a great location for kayak fishing and fishing with lures and soft plastics. However, the most effective method may be trolling Tassie devils and shallow diving hard body lures. When fishing from the banks long casting metal lures, vibes and spoons are a must-have option  They will allow you to cover great distances and target both trout and redfin at the same time. We cover how to target each individual species at this location further down.

Here you can see recent fish stocking in Lake Hamilton which has received almost 150,000 stocked trout over the past 10 years.

Shallow diving hard body lures and heavily weighted soft plastic minnow imitations are also excellent choices.  Traditional lures such as spinners and Tassie devils will also work really well, especially in bright colours. You won’t need to get too fancy here a simple cast and slow roll will be effective. You may also consider trolling these slowly from your boat or kayak. In the early mornings, you may spot trout breaking the surface to take flys and crickets. Therefore bug imitations lures and soft plastics are also options worth trying. When targeting freshwater species such as trout, redfin and estuary 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 pounds. Then finished with roughly a rod length of a quality fluorocarbon leader. 

Bait fishing here can be quite productive from the banks. Some excellent bait options include mudeye on a float or scrub worms, power bait & yabbies on a light running sinker rig. This is a great choice for trout and redfin. Trout and redfin are notorious for feeding more aggressively at dawn and dusk. So we highly recommend fishing in the first and last hours of sunlight. With redfin more active in the warmer months and trout more active in the colder months. In recent years the reservoir has been heavily stocked with trout fingerlings.

Check out this video if you after some tips on how to catch recently stocked freshwater fish

Recommended baits Lake Hamilton

  • Scrub worms
  • Powerbait
  • Yabbies
  • Mudeye
  • maggots

Recommended lures Lake Hamilton

  • Daiwa Double Clutch
  • Rapala countdown floating minnow
  • Tassie Devils 13.5 grams in pinks and whites
  • Bluefox spinners
  • Daiwa DR joint minnows
  • Bullet lures 5-0 minnow
  • Daiwa Bait Junkie 2.5 inch grub
  • Berkley powerbait grub
  • Daiwa Presso minnows
  • Tasmanian Devil Blade
  • Bassman spinnerbait
  • Bullet lures 3cm lure
  • strike tiger nymph
  • Nories Wasabi spoon
  • Pontoon 21 paco spoon
  • Tasmanian Devil lure
  • Gulp 3-inch minnow
  • Zman 2.5 inch grub
  • Daiwa Bait Junkie paddle tail minnow
  • eco gear ZX40
  • Savage Gear Fathead crank shallow diving
  • Squidges biotough grub


Targeting Trout at Lake Hamilton


One of the most effective ways to catch trout is trolling lures such as Tassie devils and double clutches at the back of your boat or kayak. Electric motors work great for this and the reduced noise will help increase catch rates. Generally, we are trolling with 2 rods out the back motoring along between 2.5 and 3.5 kilometres. Trout are more active in cold conditions with most catches on the first and last light of the day. You will notice much surface action during these times as they frequently go to the surface to feed on bugs.

We would highly recommend that you read our detailed guide on how to catch trout which details our favourite lures, baits and techniques. You can follow trout stocking timelines by reading the Victorian trout stocking guide as part of the target 1 million by 2020 and 10 million by 2022 initiatives. When targeting trout with lures we recommend using shallow diving hard body minnows, metal spoons, spinners, Tassie devils and soft plastics which are also very effective on trout. If your bait fishing, then Mudeye, scrub worms, power bait, yabbies and minnows suspended from a float or a running sinker rig are great options when targeting trout at this location.

We recommend targeting trout with a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo fishing rod coupled with a 1000, 2000, or 2500 reel spooled with 4-8-pound braid and equivalent fluorocarbon leader. When trolling or targeting the larger trophy-size trout around then you can go heavier moving up the scale to a 3-5 kilo class spin rod spooled with fine 8-12-pound braid and equivalent fluorocarbon leader.


Targeting Redfin at Lake Hamilton


We recommend targeting redfin with a light spin outfit. This will make the experience more enjoyable and improve your catch rates. A 1-3 or 2-4 kilo fishing rod coupled with a 2000, 2500 or 3000 reel spooled with 4-8-pound braid and equivalent fluorocarbon leader should be perfect. Redfin respond really well to lures and soft plastics so do check our guide on the best lures for catching Redfin When using soft plastics, we highly recommend curl tails, minnow imitations, and paddle tails in both natural and bright colours. Rigged with a jig head that’s 1/8 through to 1/20 in weight. The most effective way to use these is to cast towards visible structure and slow roll the soft plastic with lifts and pauses for the retrieve.

Shallow diving hard body lures, blades and vibes are also very effective in this system. So are traditional spinners and Tassie devils in bright colours. Metal spoons also play a role allowing you to cast great distances and target the bigger size reddies. Just remember they are quite heavy and very prone to snags in small inland systems like this one.

Watch our detailed video guide on our top 10 redfin lures below


Targeting Yellowbelly at Lake Hamilton

Golden Perch

Golden Perch stocking only started here in 2020, so it will take time to see how successful the stocking has been. Pykes Creek Reservoir has a limited structure but we are still optimistic these fish in time will florish here. Yellow belly AKA Golden Perch is a beautiful freshwater fish found in this system. With a rich food source available the yellowbelly here grow too thick and plump sizes. Good lure choices include curl tail soft plastics with the zman 2.5-inch grubz and Gulp 3-inch grub minnow both in black are standout choices. Soft vibes such as the Zerek fish trap, Jackall transams and Samaki vibelicious are great options. lip-less crank-baits such as Jackall TN50 and TN60 continue to be very popular so do blades such as the eco gear ZX40 with stinger hooks. Other favourites are the reliable stump jumpers, spinnerbaits, bassman spinners, large grub style soft plastics in dark colours.

Soft plastics are worked best on a 1/8 or 1/4 jig head slow-rolled along any structure. This works particularly well when tying your boat or kayak up against trees and working the soft plastic slowly up against the tree and adding some noise to the action by tapping the butt of your rod or by hitting the jig head into the timber. This brings out the predatory nature of the yellowbelly. Take advantage of down scan and side scan technologies on your sounder and spend some time moving between the structure to find the fish. Other lures to can be worked amongst the timber but in general work really well in open water being slow-rolled or trolled.

When it comes to rod selection we generally use a light spin rod around 7 foot in length in 1-4, 2-4 or 3-5 kilo class paired with a 1000, 2000 or 2500 size reel. Spooled with 8-12 pound braid and an equivalent fluorocarbon leader. Baitcaster rods and reels are a very popular choice when targeting yellowbelly. Good options include a 3-5 or 4-6 bait caster with a 2000 bait caster reel. When bait fishing a 7 foot light rod paired with a 3000 size reel. Good bait rigs would include a paternoster rig with a small sinker at the bottom or a running sinker rig with scrub worms or yabbies.


Camping and open fires are prohibited. Always carry your Victorian fishing license, FishingMad encourages ‘catch & release of all native species to help maintain the water quality within the lake however European Carp must not be returned.

Images of fish and stocking information supplied VFA and DEPI. A header from homely.com.au. All other images and videos shown on the Pykes Creek Fishing Guide are Fishing Mad originals.

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