Fishing locations lilydale lake is a man made wetlands in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Roughly 1 hours drive from the CBD in the township of Lilydale within the Yarra Valley. This scenic parklands with 10 kilometres of walking and cycling tracks is a great place to bring the family. The kids will love it with plenty of activities such as BBQ’s, picnic areas, playgrounds, aquatic metal play area, sailing, sculptures . Dogs are welcome at the park with designated area s for off lead running. This large 28 hectare lake with dam wall stretching 440 meters is great for targeting carp, trout and redfin. There are several fishing jetties scattered around the parklands. We have seen some big carp and some big rainbow trout landed from here in recent years. On its day the fishing can be plentiful with many angers catching fish, and in recent years has become popular with Kayak anglers who can venture out towards the islands in the middle of the lake. The lake is stocked regularly with trout fingerlings by Vic fisheries during most school holidays. Its a great location for kids and beginners.


Trout, Redfin, Carp, tech, eel


If you plan on fishing with bait from the banks then Scrub worms, maggots, corn, mudeye and Power bait and great options. We have seen plenty of trout caught with these baits.

This is a great location for lures and soft plastics. Click here to see our best lures and plastics when targeting Redfin. 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.

Your likely to be mainly catching carp from the banks so corn, scrub worms and bread will work very well. It also might be worth upgrading to heavier rod and line as there are some big ones in there.


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. If your actively targeting carp then might be wise to upgrade the rod to a 3-5 kilo. Coupled with a 4000 size reel spooled with 12 pound line.


Most freshwater species have a tendency to feed more aggressively at Dawn and Dusk. My personal favorite is fishing the sundown particularity in the warmer months


This is a great location to bring the family. Playgrounds for the kids, lots of areas to run around, BBQ facilities, sculptures, water activities and more.


All country areas are inhabited by wildlife such as Snakes and Lizards, so be weary of venomous snakes such as Brown, Tiger and Red bellied Black.


No powered boats allowed on the water. Camping and open fires are prohibited. Always carry your Victorian fishing license, FishingMad encourage ‘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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