Welcome to the Rokewood Reservoir Fishing Guide. Rokewood Reservoir is a newly established destination. One of 84 new purpose-built water systems with a park to encourage families to come and have a fish. This is a small but picturesque reservoir. In 2019 fisheries and local government started stocking this trout with catchable-size rainbow trout. Starting with 200 and numbers expected to rise in coming years as the area develops and grows.
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Things to do at Rokewood Reservoir
Rokewood is a small country town within the golden plains shire. Roughly 130 kilometres away from Melbourne and closer to townships such as Ballarat around 40 kilometres away. The township is quite tiny having only a tractor shop, take away store, and post office and hosts only a couple of hundred local residents. The town has recently been in discussions with the local government and west wind energy to hold 228 wind turbines as part of a 1.5 billion dollar project. This is still in discussion. The reservoir is a small lake located directly off reservoir road. The local council and community have been working hard to clear the debris, trim trees and make it a welcoming and tranquil destination for visitors. Historically Rokewood was more known for its gold and mining and the township still resembles that to this day.
Fishing at Rokewood Reservoir
Rokewood reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout. Commencing in 2019 and future plans are expected to make this a great fishing spot for families in years to come. Use this link to follow Victorian trout stocking programs. When targeting freshwater species such as trout 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 pounds. Then finished with roughly a rod length of a quality fluorocarbon leader. If you plan to fish with bait from the banks then good options include power bait in bright colours, worms, maggots, live minnows and mudeye. Either on a light running sinker rig, paternoster rig or suspended from a float.
Trout will also take 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. 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.
Have a look at this video which highlights how to target stocked rainbow trout. This video should provide you with some helpful tips.
Recommended baits Rocklands Reservoir
- Scrub worms
- powerbait salmon eggs
Recommended lures Rokewood Reservoir
- Bluefox spinners
- Daiwa DR joint minnows
- Daiwa Bait Junkie 2.5 inch grub
- Savage Gear minnow blade
- Jackall TN50
- Berkley powerbait grub
- Daiwa Presso minnows
- Tasmanian Devil Blade
- Bullet lures 5-0 minnow
- Bassman spinnerbait
- 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
Targeting Trout at Rokewood Reservoir
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 then 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 power bait or lures.
Watch the video below to find out the results which were interesting.
As with all rural areas be aware of snakes. So do take care and be wary around all areas that have water and high grass.
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