Lake Wendouree located in the heart of Ballarat is a man made shallow wetlands spanning 220 hectares. This large and vibrant fishing location is stocked regularly with Trout. Its a popular spot for rowing and too has become a very popular fishing destination in recent years for lure fishing, fly fishing and bait fishing. It however can be a very challenging place to fish but does provide high rewards and trophy size fish. It’s surrounded by Botanical gardens, vibrant bird life, Children’s playgrounds, walking tracks, Sporting clubs and situated close to Ballarat town and show grounds. Its open to land based anglers, kayakers and boats.
FISH SPECIES TO TARGET
Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Redfin & Tench. ( stocked regularly with Trout roughly 6000 per year for some time now ).
BEST BAITS, LURES & TECHNIQUES
This is a great location for lures and soft plastics. Long casting metal lures are great for land based anglers. Top options include the nories wasaby and pontoon 21 paco spoon. Both are great for targeting both trout and redfin. Shallow diving hard body lures such as bullet lures, Daiwa double clutch, Rapala Countdown series and Savage gear minnows are also excellent choices. Soft plastics and spinners are also fantastic options. Its a spot renowned with flys and crickets so imitations such as the savage Gear Mayfly are great options. Click here to see our best lures and plastics when targeting Redfin. I have seen a mix of techniques be successful at Wendouree including Fly fishing. If you know how to fly fish. If your bait fishing use a light running sinker rig or float. For bait go with Scrub worms, minnow, Power bait, Yabbies, Mudeye are great options.
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 favorite is fishing the sundown.
This is a terrific location for kids. There is plenty of space for them to run around. The wooden adventure playground and botanic gardens across the road are fantastic for the kids. You can mix up the fishing with a play on the adventure Park and stroll around the walking tracks. There are also plenty of swans and ducks to look at. There are facilities onsite and you’re close to town.
Be weary of rowers who will get on the front foot to claim their part of the lake. It can also get very cool in winter. Its a popular spot if you’re fishing just be very weary when casting to look and make sure no one is walking near you. Also try and keep your lines away from the abundance of swans and ducks in the water.