Welcome to the Lethbridge Lake Fishing Guide. Lethbridge Lake is a small family fishing lake that is stocked with rainbow trout annually. Its roughly 1 hour and twenty-minute drive from Melbourne heading towards Geelong near the township of Anakie and Bannockburn.
Things to do at Lethbridge Lake
The park has good basic facilities picnic grounds, basic playground. There are walking tracks around the Lake. Nearby you have fairy park in Anakie and more options in Geelong including. The Geelong botanic gardens that offer amazing landscaped gardens for the whole family to enjoy. If you’re after a bit more excitement then look no further than Geelong adventure park which has world-class rides and waterslides. Including the new Tsunami waterslide. There is also Serendip Sanctuary is not far closer to Lara which offers free access to Australia’s wildlife and gardens. The Geelong waterfront area is a lovely vibrant spot full of piers and great for walking, picnics, and eating. There are also several local breweries, markets, and art exhibitions.
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Fishing at Lethbridge Lake
Lethbridge Lake is a small family fishing lake that has been socked in recent years with rainbow trout. All this is part of the VFA target of 1 million by 2020 and a target of 10 million in 2022 initiatives to improve fishing opportunities around Victoria. Simple fishing methods are very effective in this fishing lake. Either using simple baits such as worms, corn, and maggots of a basic running sinker rig or float. Other good options include power bait in bright colours, minnows, and mudeye suspended from a float. Ideally, fish with the wind at your back to prevent the float from coming back to you. We have seen many trout caught using these bait and methods.
Also flicking soft plastics, shallow diving lures, spinners, and Tassie devils will also work really well, especially in bright colors. Long-casting metal lures, vibes, and spoons can also be a good option when fishing from the banks to cover great distances. The lake is open and the water clarity is generally clean but can dirty up after days of heavy rain and wind. Certain areas of this lake are quite shallow and weedy. This lake fish well seasonally and you are likely to see trout surfacing in the early mornings.
This is a great location for lures and soft plastics. There are 2 effective retrieval methods the slow roll and the hopping/twitching techniques. The slow roll requires you to cast your lure or plastic and do a slow continuous roll of the reel. The natural built-in action of the lure or soft plastic will create the necessary swimming action. Alternatively, you can use the hopping/twitching technique which requires you to add subtle lifts, twitches, and pauses to imitate a wounded bait fish. Both techniques work well here across a variety of soft plastics and lures. Long casting spoons and spinners weighing between 5 and 12 grams are great for land-based anglers. They allow you to cast a long way covering much ground whilst being able to target both trout and redfin at the same time. Work them back at a medium to slow pace slow roll and the flash colours and darting action will attract fish.
When targeting freshwater species such as trout and redfin we recommend fishing with a light spinning outfit. 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. Spooled with a decent quality braid between 4-8 pounds and finished with one-rod length of a fluorocarbon leader. If you plan on targeting carp from the banks then we would recommend using corn kernels, worms or bread as good bait options. Either on a basic running sinker rig or suspended from a float. It would also be wise to upgrade your fishing outfit to something a little heavier. Perhaps a 2-5 kilo fishing rod coupled with a 3000 size reel spooled with 8-pound line.
Lethbridge Lake Lake Stocking
2,000 fish have been stocked here since 2020. ( Table below provided by VFA “Victorian Fisheries Authority” )
Recommended lures Lethbridge Lake
Need some help choosing lures & soft plastics. The video is a detailed guide to get you started.
- Rapala countdown floating minnow
- EcoGear MX48
- YoZuri pins minnow
- Daiwa presso minnows
- Nories laydown minnow
- Bluefox spinners
- OSP bent minnow
- Daiwa DR joint minnows
- Strike tiger nymph
- Daiwa bait junkie 2.5-inch grub
- Daiwa double clutch
- Berkley powerbait grub
- Tasmanian devil blade
- Bullet lures 5-0 minnow
- Tasmanian devil lure
- Zman 2.5-inch grub
- Bullet lures 3cm lure
Recommended baits Lethbridge Lake
The video below demonstrates the best baits for trout and how to rig them correctly.
- Scrub worms
- live minnows
Targeting Trout at Lethbridge Lake
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. Trout are more active in cold conditions with most catches on the first and last light of the day.
We recommend targeting trout with a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo fishing rod coupled with 1000, 2000, or 2500 reel spooled with a 4-8-pound braid and equivalent fluorocarbon leader. If there are larger trophy-size trout around then you can go heavier moving up the scale to a 3-5 kilo class spin rod spooled with a fine 8-12-pound braid and equivalent fluorocarbon leader.
No fishing with waders fishing is only permitted from the shore, No boats, No cleaning of fish onsite, and Always carry your Victorian fishing license, Using berley is not permitted, 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 supplied VFA and DEPI. All images and videos shown on Lethbridge Lake Fishing Guide page are Fishing Mad originals.
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