Fishing locations Lake Nagambie is a 170-hectare manmade lake found heading towards Shepparton. Situated 90-minute drive from Melbourne and a 40-minute drive from Shepparton. Lake Nagambie is a shallow system backing onto the Goulburn river. A very scenic area with a single boat ramp usually shared by both boats and kayaks. The lake holds good numbers of golden perch, trout and redfin. The prized catches would be the allusive Murray Cod.
In April 2019 Lake Nagambie hosted the richest fishing competition seen in Australia. An initiative by regional and state government to increase tourism in the area and boost the local economy. $500,000 in prizes was on offer across different fishing categories such as the largest cod. Go Nagambie 2019 attracted thousands of keen anglers in what was a huge success. Stay tuned for future events.
Things to do at Lake Nagambie
Lake Nagambie is a lovely and scenic location to take the family only 80 minutes drive from Melbourne. The lake is situated directly off the main street and has nearby family-friendly accommodation and cabins. There are plenty of water activities such as Canoe and kayaking. This is a nice spot to take the kids with open grounds, picnic areas and plenty of fishing spots with surrounding parks and BBQ facilities.
The surrounding areas have numerous vineyards for wine tasting. There are also many local cafes with local produce to taste. The township hosts the Lakes community market in front of the lake on the first Saturday of each month. There is also a local brewery for beer tasting. In town is the statue of Black Caviar, the legendary racehorse iconic to Melbourne racing. There is also available sky diving and hot air ballooning to take in the spectacular views of the Strathbogie Ranges and surrounding plains.
Fishing at Lake Nagambie
At lake Nagambie, you can catch golden perch ( yellowbelly ), Murray cod, redfin, rainbow trout, brown trout, carp, and crayfish. If you plan on fishing with bait then scrub worms, earthworms, power bait, yabbies, minnows and mudeye are a great choice. You can suspend baits from a float or use basic running sinker or paternoster rigs to great effect when bait fishing.
At Lake Nagambie, you can also have success fishing with a wide range of soft plastics & lures. Click here to read our guide on the best lures and plastics to catch redfin. If your targeting cod and yellow belly then some great lure choices would include lip-less crank-baits such as Jackall TN series, stump jumpers which can be cast or trolled, surface lures, vibes, spinnerbaits, bassman spinners, large grub style soft plastics in dark colours. The new range of Savage Gear swimbaits is also a great option for the larger species.
If you’re targeting a trophy size large Murray cod then you’ll be rigging up with large spinnerbaits, diving hard body lures, large swimbaits, large surface lures, large soft plastics in natural colours. There are some weird and wonderful surface lures and swimbaits new to the market so get creative and mix up your retrieval technique.
When targeting trout and redfin we recommend fishing light as possible which will provide more fun and control. To maximize your chances fish with a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo rod. Coupled with a 1000, 2000 to 2500 size reel spooled with 4-6 pound braid. Finished with an equivalent quality fluorocarbon leader. When targeting golden perch ( yellow belly ) it pays to fish a little heavier, therefore, a slight upgrade to a 2-4 or 3-5 kilo rod coupled with a 2500-3000 reel loaded with 6 or 8-pound braid.
If your site is set on catching a big cod then you’ll need to up your outfit. A 6 foot to 7 foot rod in a 4-8 kilo or 6-12 kilo class rod and a quality baitcaster reel spooled with 20 to 50 pound braid finished with a solid Fluro carbon leader of equal strength. There is a whole range of baitcaster options suiting different budgets. An affordable starting point would be a either a Savage Gear black savage bait caster rod and reel combo or a Shimano raider cod 642 with a Casitas baitcaster reel.
If you plan on targeting some carp, then you will want to have a medium 4-6 kilo bait rod spooled with heavier line. Click here to read our guide on How to catch carp in Melbourne. Corn kernels, bread and worms are great options.
Spring is the best time of year for targeting golden perch ( yellow belly ) and cod. They can be caught at any time of the day but often the last 2 hours of daylight can be the best. Trout are more active in the colder months and redfin ( perch ) are more active in the warmer months. Again you can catch all these different species during any part of the day, though some fish will be more active at Dawn and Dusk.
Competitions and events at Lake Nagambie
Lake Nagambie hosted the richest fishing competition seen in Australia. An initiative by regional and state government to increase tourism in the area and boost the local economy. $500,000 in prizes was on offer across different fishing categories such as the largest cod. Go Nagambie 2019 attracted thousands of keen anglers in what was a huge success. Stay tuned for future events.
Some of the prizes on offer have included. Biggest Murray Cod | $80,000 cash
The first person to catch a carp of the nominated size | Suzuki Engine package valued at $24,000
Combined length size winners – 2 x Quintrex Boat and Yamaha Engine Packages valued at $10,000 each
Known hazards Lake Nagambie
All rural areas are inhabited by wildlife such as Snakes and Lizards, so be wary of venomous snakes such as Brown, Tiger and Red-bellied black.
Nagambie Rules and regulations
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.
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