Fishing locations Melton is about 35 kilometres from Melbourne. Melton was once a small township originally known as thoroughbred country, but recent rapid population booms has this growing township modernised with racing track, wave pool, parks and shopping centre. It does surprisingly have a lot fresh water locations for anglers to try. This includes Navan Park Reservoir, Melton Reservoir, West lakes and Darlingsford lake. many of the lakes are over populated with Carp. On school holidays several of the lakes are stocked regularly with Rainbow Trout fingerlingsmaking them great spots to take the kids for a fish.

FISH SPECIES TO TARGET

Carp, stocked trout and Redfin, Goldfish, Estuary Perch

BEST BAITS AND LURES

Carp is probably the primary species your bound to find in many of the lakes, however yuou can use similar baits to target other species like trout too. Bread and Powerbait on a float work well. So do Scrub worms & Maggots. Soft plastics and spinners are also fantastic options. Click here to see our best lures and plastics when targeting Redfin.

ROD SETUP

If your chasing Carp a 3-5 kilo rod with a 4000 size reel is very appropriate. When targeting trout and redfin fish as light as possible which will make the experience more fun and greatly improve your chances. Redfin when active will take about anything. To maximize your chances you will want a light 1-4 kilo rod, spooled with 6 pound and a rod length of Fluro carbon leader.

MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES

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

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Most spots in Melton are very kid friendly with a range of swings, walking tracks and running areas. Navan Park is a terrific spot to take kids who can play on the large adventure playground and feed the ducks. The lakes are generally topped up with rainbow trout each school holiday break so its a great spot for kids.

KNOWN HAZARDS

Melton has always been a great hunting ground for snakes, so in the warmer months always be weary of Tiger Snakes, Brown snakes and Red-belly. Wearing protective footwear in middle of summer is a good idea.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

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.