Fishing location guide for Pakenham Lakes. This is located within the growing residential estate Lakeside Pakenham about an hours drive from Melbourne. The lake is quite small and shallow, but has become a popular fishing spot and is stocked with trout during most school holiday breaks. It also holds health numbers of redfin. It’s a great place to take kids and beginners fishing especially with small lures, soft plastics and spinners.

Things to do at Pakenham Lakeside

You can walk, jog or cycle around the 1.5-kilometre pathed walkway loop. It’s also a great option to take your kids or dog for a walk. The lake is home to an abundance of water birds and native plants. There are scattered playgrounds, cafes and BBQ areas.

Fishing at Pakenham Lakes

Pakenham Lakes holds a healthy population of both freshwater fish species trout and redfinThis lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout prior to most school holiday breaks. In 2019 the lake received 750 rainbow trout yearlings in quarter 2 and quarter 3 school holidays. It makes this a terrific destination for fishing especially with kids during these times. You can use this link to follow Victorian trout stocking programs. Most freshwater species tend to feed more aggressively at Dawn and Dusk. Species like perch fish particularity well during sundown in the warmer months.

From time to time VFA team up with local fishing groups to hold fishing clinics. This is a great way to teach your kids a few tricks and get them onto a few fish.

How to catch Pakenham Lakes

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.

One of the most popular forms of bait fishing at Pakenham Lakes is using a float with power bait and using trout berley pellets to bring them into the immediate area. Other popular forms of bait fishing include using worms, maggots, live minnows and mudeye on a light running sinker rig, or paternoster rig.

You will certainly catch trout and redfin at this location using lures and soft plastics. For soft plastics, we highly recommend small curl tails, minnow imitations, and paddle tails. Both natural and bright colours work well rigged with jig heads from 1/18 through to 1/20 in weight. Small shallow diving hard body lures are also very effective in this system. As are old favourites such as spinners and Tassie devils. Ideally in smaller sizes and nice bright colours. Check out our guide on the Best lures for catching Redfin

Metal lures and spoons are also an option. Allowing you to cast great distances and target slightly bigger fish. But they are quite heavy and very prone to snags in small inland systems like this one.

Helpful fishing video for Pakenham Lakes

Have a look at this video which highlights how to target stocked rainbow trout. Karkarook Lake is stocked heavily with rainbow trout every year during most school holidays so this video should provide you with some helpful tips.

Known Hazards at Pakenham Lakes

This is a residential area so be mindful of residents walking and cycling around you.

Additions and corrections of this location

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