Fishing locations Rocklands Reservoir is a great fishing location which can be found heading towards the Grampians. Located in the outer parts of Victoria only 10 minutes away form the township of Balmoral. With beautiful scenic views its a great place to take the family, perhaps on your way to visiting the Grampians. Unfortunately drought has been a big issue at this location with water levels reaching very low levels over the last 20 years. However when the water levels are up it offers great trout and redfin fishing.
FISH SPECIES TO TARGET
redfin, rainbow and brown trout, bass, golden perch, cod & carp, with some large ones on offer. There is great structure around the lake so targeting submerged trees and structure is a great place to find schools of redfin. This lake has been targeting for stocking programs which is incredible news. the lake will be havily stiocked with torut and golden perch making this an amazing fishing destination in years to come.
BEST BAITS AND LURES
If your targting trout then trolling some tassie devils is a great option. Other staple baits include Gudgeon, minnows, Power bait, Yabbies, Mudeye and a wide range of soft plastics & lures. Click here to see our best lures and plastics when targeting Redfin. Scrub/earth worms will also work well but be prepared for an avalanche of carp which will eagerly take a scrubbie. If your happy to target carp then also don’t be afraid to place some korn kernels on a hook.
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. Click here to see our best lures and plastics when targeting Redfin. 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. a 4-6 kilo rod will be more appropriate with 8 pound line if you happy to chase a few mud marlins.
When targeting golden perch ( yellow belly ) it pays to fish a little heavier therefore a slight upgrade to a 2-4 or 3-5 kilo rod coupled with a 2500-3000 reel reel loaded with 6 or 8 pound braid. If your sight are set on catching a big cod then you’ll need to up your outfit. A 6 foot to 7 foot rod in a 4-8 kilo or 6-12 kilo class rod and a quality baitcaster reel spooled with 20 to 50 pound braid finished with a solid Fluro carbon leader of equal strength. There are a whole range of bait caster options suiting different budgets. An affordable starting point would be a either a Savage Gear black savage bait caster rod and reel combo or a shimano raider cod 642 with a Casitas bait caster reel.
MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES
Spring is the best time of year for targeting golden perch ( yellow belly ) and cod. They can be caught at anytime of the day but often the last 2 hours of daylight can be the best. Trout are more active in the colder months and redfin ( perch ) are more active in the warmer months. Again you can catch all these different species during any part of the day, though some fish will be more active at Dawn and Dusk.
With beautiful scenic views its a great place to take the family, perhaps on your way to visiting the Grampians. There are close by caravan parks, open grasslands and bbq facilities making this a nice spot to bring the family.
As with all country rural areas always be mindful of snakes.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
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.