Welcome to the Pykes Creek Fishing Guide. Pykes Creek is located near the township of Ballan, located between popular townships of Bacchus Marsh and Daylesford. Roughly 1-hour drive from Melbourne. This is a large creek popular with kayaks, boats, swimming and Jetskis. The creek provides water for farmers in Bacchus Marsh and Werribee. Water levels can vary and the creek has had several recent outbreaks of Blue-Green Algae so always be mindful of the water conditions. Fishing is always interesting trout and redfin are your target species however large carp often the most frequently caught fish. Some carp up to big sizes which will happily take corn, bread or worms. The lake periodically is stocked with trout depending on water levels and water quality. For those fishing doing so by small boat or kayak and trolling for trout and redfin has been a successful technique.
Things to do at Pykes Creek Ballan & Bacchus Marsh
This is a nice spot for the family. Ther is lots of open space for the kids to run around, there are also basic BBQ facilities and small children’s playgrounds. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as skinks, lizards, kangaroos, wombats and local birdlife. The prime things to do here including, fishing, boating, swimming, bushwalking or enjoying the open spaces and views. If you having a picnic with the family then you will need to bring your own chairs and shade.
Nearby attractions include the Werribee Gorge state park and Lederderg state park which are popular for bushwalking and rock climbing. There is also St Annes Vineyard for locally made wines and the Dingo discovery sanctuary in Toolern Vale and the Ballan farmers market. You are also close to other prime fishing destinations such as Bostock reservoir and Lake Daylesford.
Fishing at Pykes creek
At Pyke’s creek, you can catch rainbow trout, brown trout, redfin, carp and eels. Victoria fisheries and state government are also exploring this location as a future native fish species stocking destination. 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, vibes and spoons are a must-have option when fishing from the banks. They will allow you to cover great distances and target both trout and redfin at the same time. Top options include the nories wasaby, pontoon 21 paco spoon & Savage Gear soft fat vibes.
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 won’t need to get to fancy here a simple cast and slow roll will be effective. You may also consider trolling these slowly from your boat or kayak. In the early mornings, you may spot trout breaking the surface to take flys and crickets. Therefore fly and cricket imitations lures and soft plastics such as the savage Gear Mayfly are also options worth trying.
When targeting freshwater species such as trout, redfin and estuary perch 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.
Bait fishing here can be quite productive from the banks. Some excellent bait options include mudeye on a float or scrub worms, powerbait & yabbies on a light running sinker rig. This is a great choice for trout and 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.
In recent years the reservoir has been heavily stocked with trout fingerlings. Use this link to follow Victorian trout stocking programs. Check out this video if your after some tips on how to catch recently stocked freshwater fish
Carp fishing at Pykes Creek
Carp are found in big numbers in Pykes Creek. They are almost unavoidable to catch when targeting redfin and trout with bait from the banks. They are however a lot of fun to catch and can grow to enormous sizes here. Our team has had evenings targeting carp with corn kernels and caught over 20 in a session. Especially on warm balmy nights with low wind. It’s a great way to eradicate the system of these invasive species and to have fun with the kids catching large fish.
If you plan on targeting carp then you’ll need a heavier general purpose fishing rod combo. Therefore, a 3-6 kilo rod coupled with a 4000 size reel is very appropriate. You could even fish a little heavier with rods designed for snapper that are generally 4-7 kilo 7 foot in length. We recommend 10-pound line and a strong leader. Again you can go heavier if you wish, for fun I have caught some monster size carp using 2-4 kilo rod and 6-pound braid. But I am prepared to lose some good fish in the process. Corn kernels, scrub worms and bread will work very well.
Pykes Creek Boat and Kayak Access
Pyke’s creek is a terrific location to launch a kayak or small boat. Please do note that this is a popular destination for Jet Skis. You will want to do your best to avoid getting close to the jet skis for safety and so they don’t disturb your fishing. The main boat ramp is located on Pyles creek road Myrnonong. A single launch facility and your boat will need to be banked after launched. You may also need to enquire about the water level before bringing your boat here as launching is difficult when water levels are low. This is a great spot for kayaking and you can pretty much launch your kayak from anywhere.
Hazards and rules are Pykes creek
This creek has had several recent outbreaks of Blue-Green Algae so always be wary of the water conditions. There is also known debris in the water so be careful when using small boats or Jet skis. Of course, this area is inhabited by wildlife such as Snakes and Lizards, so be wary of venomous snakes such as Brown, Tiger and Red-bellied Black.
Camping and open fires are prohibited. Always carry your Victorian fishing license, FishingMad encourages ‘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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