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 Bacchus Marsh
This is a nice spot for the family. There 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.
Watch our detailed video guide on our top 10 redfin lures below
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.
Shallow diving hard body lures and heavily weighted soft plastic minnow imitations 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 you after some tips on how to catch recently stocked freshwater fish
Recommended baits Pykes Creek
- Scrub worms
Recommended lures Pykes Creek
- Bluefox spinners
- Daiwa DR joint minnows
- Daiwa Bait Junkie 2.5 inch grub
- Savage Gear minnow blade
- Berkley powerbait grub
- Daiwa Presso minnows
- Tasmanian Devil Blade
- Bullet lures 5-0 minnow
- Bassman spinner bait
- Bullet lures 3cm lure
- strike tiger nymph
- Nories Wasabi spoon
- Rapala countdown floating minnow
- Pontoon 21 paco spoon
- Daiwa Double Clutch
- Tasmanian Devil lure
- Gulp 3 inch minnow
- Zman 2.5 inch grub
- Dawia Bait Junkie paddle tail minnow
- Zerek fish trap
- eco gear ZX40
- Savage Gear Fathead crank shallow diving
- Squidges biotough grub
- stump jumpers S3
Targeting Trout at Pykes Creek
We would highly recommend that you read our detailed guide on how to catch trout which details our favourite lures, baits and techniques. You can follow trout stocking timelines by reading the Victorian trout stocking guide as part of the target 1 million by 2020 and 10 million by 2022 initiatives.
When targeting trout with lures we recommend using shallow diving hard body minnows, metal spoons, spinners, Tassie devils and soft plastics which are also very effective on trout. If your bait fishing, then Mudeye, scrub worms, power bait, yabbies and minnows suspended from a float or a running sinker rig are great options when targeting trout at this location. Trout are more active in cold conditions with most catches on the first and last light of the day.
We recommend targeting trout with a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo fishing rod coupled with a 1000, 2000, or 2500 reel spooled with 4-8-pound braid and equivalent fluorocarbon leader. If there are larger trophy size trout around than you can go heavier moving up the scale to a 3-5 kilo class spin rod spooled with fine 8-12-pound braid and equivalent fluorocarbon leader.
We conducted a test to see which would perform better for stocked trout powerbait or lures. Watch the video below to find out the results which were interesting.
Targeting Redfin at Pykes Creek
We recommend targeting redfin with a light spin outfit. This will make the experience more enjoyable and improve your catch rates. A 1-3 or 2-4 kilo fishing rod coupled with a 2000, 2500 or 3000 reel spooled with 4-8-pound braid and equivalent fluorocarbon leader should be perfect.
Redfin respond really well to lures and soft plastics so do check our guide on the best lures for catching Redfin When using soft plastics, we highly recommend curl tails, minnow imitations, and paddle tails in both natural and bright colours. Rigged with a jig head that’s 1/8 through to 1/20 in weight. The most effective way to use these is to cast towards visible structure and slow roll the soft plastic with lifts and pauses for the retrieve.
Shallow diving hard body lures, blades and vibes are also very effective in this system. So are traditional spinners and Tassie devils in bright colours. Metal spoons also play a role allowing you to cast great distances and targeting the bigger size reddies. Just remember they are quite heavy and very prone to snags in small inland systems like this one.
Targeting Carp at Pykes Creek
There is a large volume of carp in local lakes however they are fun to catch and you can learn more about catching carp have a read of our detailed guide to carp fishing around Victoria. When targeting carp standard baits such as corn, bread, maggots work great for carp here. Using a simple running sinker rig with a pea-size sinker works great in this area. So, does suspending baits using a float. We have also fished well using unweighted baits. You can also target carp with hard body lures and soft plastics. This is a difficult technique that generally requires sight casting. Which means spotting a nearby carp and casting right in there are and working the lure of plastic slowly hoping they will strike. Its tough but very rewarding when you catch a carp using this method. Most however will stick to targeting them with bait.
For rod selection, a 3-5 kilo rod coupled with a 4000 size reel is very suitable. You could even fish a little heavier with rods designed for snapper that are generally 4-7 kilo 7 foot in length. 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. We like to target carp on sundown particularity in the warmer months. This is often when you see carp swimming along the edges or jumping out of the water around September-November which is their spawning season. European carp must not be returned to the water. Always carry your Victorian fishing license.
A simple yet effective fishing rig here is to thread a small running sinker through the mainline shown in blue, which is usually around 8 pounds. Then tie a medium swivel to the end allowing the sinker to run up the mainline freely. Then tie on the other end of the swivel 50cm of 8-pound fluorocarbon leader (the leader is shown in grey ). Finished with a hook. I generally use a size 6 bait keeper hook or size 10 long shank which is perfect for corn kernels or scrub worms, however, you can also use small treble style hooks which is a better setup if you using bread.
If your getting snagged up than you can also use a flot rig. Attach a quill or bubble float to your mainline. Thread the line through and adjust the length using a size 6 bait keeper hook or size 10 long shank keep your bait suspended at a good depth. Ideally cast down breeze which will stop the float from coming back to you. If you’re not getting bites then adjust the line depth and If necessary add a splint shot to add weight.
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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