Fishing locations 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.
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, post office and hosts only a couple of hundred local residents. The town has recently been in discussions with local government and west wind energy to hold 228 wind turbines as part of a 1.5 billion dollar project. This is still in discussions. 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 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 pound. 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 powerbait 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.
Helpful fishing video for Rokewood Reservoir
Have a look at this video which highlights how to target stocked rainbow trout. This video should provide you with some helpful tips.
Known Hazards at Rokewood Reservoir
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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