Lauriston reservoir is a popular fishing destination 9 kilometres to the west of the small township Kyneton along Lauriston reservoir road. This deep domestic water supply for surrounding townships it’s home to a good population of redfin and trout. A popular spot to fish is the dam spill wall which spreads roughly 80 meters across which often has water flowing heavily into the stream below. Its a nice spot with walking trails, park grounds, picnics tables, BBQ’s and toilets. 2019 marks as a significant milestone for the Lauriston reservoir which has been opened to kayaks and non powered vessles and heavily stocked with native fish species.
Things to do at Lauriston Reservoir
This is a lovely place to take the family, it has basic picnic facilities, toilets, walking trails and playgrounds. The upkeep is excellent and the grounds are very clean and neatly presented. Many people visit this location to enjoy nature walks and birdlife spotting. There is ample parking at Laurtson reservoir. Just follow the roads through the main entrance which will take you to picnic and bbq areas with free parking available.
Lauriston reservoir as of the 1st of August 2019 has been opened to allow kayaks, canoes and non-powered vessels. This opens up a whole new world to family fund and angling opportunities.
Fishing at Lauriston Reservoir
At Lauriston reservoir, you can catch brown trout, rainbow trout, redfin, Murray cod, golden perch and roach. In recent years the reservoir has been stocked with 15,000 brown trout which is amazing. We’re now starting to see good size ones regularly being caught. Use this link to follow Victorian trout stocking programs. Lauriston Reservoir in 2019 was stocked with 25,000 large Murray cod fingerlings and Golden Perch which is amazing news. This place fishes well seasonally with redfin more active in the warmer months and trout are more active during the cooler months. Most freshwater species have a tendency to feed more aggressively at Dawn and Dusk. My personal favourite is fishing the sundown particularity in the warmer months
This is a great location for lures and soft plastics. Check out our guide on the best lures to catch Redfin. Long casting metal lures and spoons are great for land based anglers and will allow you to target both trout and redfin at the same time. Shallow diving hard body and minnow imitation lures are also excellent choices. You will also certainly catch your fair share of redfin and trout with soft plastics and spinners. You often see trout surfacing to take flys of the surface so fly and crickets so imitations such as the savage Gear Mayfly are great options.
If you plan to fish with bait from the banks then good options include powerbait in bright colours, worms, maggots, live minnows and mudeye. Either on a light running sinker rig, paternoster rig or suspended from a float. We have seen many trout and perch caught using these baits and methods.
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 pound. Then finished with roughly a rod length of a quality fluorocarbon leader.
Check out this video if your after some tips on how to catch recently stocked freshwater fish
Known Hazards at Lauriston Reservoir
When fishing there are lots of snags so be prepared to lose your fair share of lures and rigs.
Always be careful when walking along the rocks or rock walls which can become very slippery. I once slipped and fractured my wrist fishing from Lauriston reservoir.
As with all country areas please be mindful of snakes
Rules are regulations at Lauriston reservoir
Boating and Wading are banned from this location due to it being a domestic water supply.
Land-based fishing from the banks only.
Camping, swimming, and fires are also prohibited.
Always carry a valid fishing licence
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