Welcome to the Moorabool Reservoir Fishing Guide. Moorabool Reservoir is one of the largest local water supplies in the central highlands heading towards Daylesford. This is a great fishing destination located of Spargo creek road a truly picturesque location with breathtaking views. Moorabool for anglers is known for its large trout ( both brown and rainbow ) and redfin population. Please keep a note of regulations with rangers frequently patrolling the area.
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Fishing at Moorabool Reservoir
Moorabool reservoir is a challenging fishing destination, especially on cold and windy days. However you can catch brown trout, rainbow trout and redfin and trophy size trout and redfin are not uncommon at this location. The reservoir itself is quite shallow and weedy in many areas. 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 a must-have option when fishing from the rocks or banks. They will allow you to cover great distances which are needed and also allow you to target both trout and redfin at the same time. Top options include the nories wasaby and pontoon 21 paco spoon.
Shallow diving hard body lures and heavily weighted soft plastic minnow imitations are also excellent choices. Some good options include bullet lures in bright and natural colours, Daiwa double-clutch, Rapala Countdown series and Savage gear minnows are also excellent choices. Traditional lures such as spinners and Tassie devils will also work really well especially in bright colours. You often see trout surfacing to take flys and crickets of the surface so fly and cricket imitations lures and plastics such as the savage Gear Mayfly are also great options.
Bait fishing can be challenging here getting your baits out far enough to get a bite. However, should you choose to fish with bait then mudeye on a float, or scrub worms on a running sinker rig is a great choice for both trout and redfin. You may also like to try power bait and yabbies.
When targeting freshwater species such as trout and redfin 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. Trout and Redfin are notorious for feeding more heavily at Dawn and Dusk. My personal favourite is fishing the sundown. As this reservoir holds trophy size fish you may also consider fishing slightly heavier to ensure you don’t drop a good size trout or redfin.
Trout and redfin are notorious for feeding more aggressively on dawn and dusk. So we highly recommend fishing the first and last hours of sunlight. With redfin more active in the warmer months and trout more active in the colder months.
Please remember to follow by local rules which include, No fishing with waders, Do not fish on the rock wall, Ensure you fish only in the approved areas, Always carry your Victorian fishing license, No firearms, Vehicle access only in approved areas, No digging for bait, Using berley is not permitted, No boating/kayaking
Things to do at Moorabool Reservoir
Moorabool is a lovely spot to take the family. The main entrance of Spargo creek road has bbq facilities, picnic grounds and nicely maintained charming gardens. Be careful when walking around with kids in long grass and rock areas as I have seen several snakes on recent outings.
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