Fishing locations Pykes Creek is located between towns Ballan between Bacchus Marsh and Daylesford. This is a very large creek popular with kayaks, swimming and Jetskis. This creek has had several recent outbreaks of Blue Green Algae so always be weary of the water conditions. Fishing is always interesting here but these days carp seem to be the most frequently caught fish. Some carp upto big sizes which will happily take corn, bread or worms. The lake used to be stocked with trout but that hasn’t happened now for some time. For those fishing doing so by small boat or Kayak and trolling for Trout and Redfin has been a successful technique.

BEST BAITS, LURES & TECHNIQUES

Trout, Redfin, Carp, Eels

BEST BAITS AND LURES

If you plan on fishing with bait from the banks then Scrub worms, corn, mudeye and Power bait and great options. 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.

ROD SETUP

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.

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

This can be a great spot for the kids, lots of areas to run around, BBQ facilities and small playgrounds. There is also skinks, lizards and birdlife.

KNOWN HAZARDS

This creek has had several recent outbreaks of Blue Green Algae so always be weary 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 weary of venomous snakes such as Brown, Tiger and Red bellied Black.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

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.