Fishing locations Rowville Lakes is a lovely urban fishing destination in the south-east suburbs of Melbourne. The surrounding area is made up of 3 separate lakes including Sutton Lake, Hill Lake & Cogley Lake. They are frequently stocked on school holiday programs with rainbow trout and a great spot for fishing with the kids. The lake has hosted several recent trout fishing events and competitions which has been a great way to encourage families to the area.

Things to do at Rowville Lakes

Rowville  Lakes is a scenic location with nice walking trails. These walking trails are flat and pleasant for most. Located in the area is the Rowville lakes playground which is a basic playground with slide and swings for toddlers. This is a quiet location ideal for duck feeding and bird watching with its own bird sanctuary on the island of Sutton Lake. It’s also a good spot for picnics and of course fishing. Bring the kids along for a fish during school holiday trout stocking. Nearby is the golf course, local shopping centre and Caribbean gardens market. Local attractions within 15 minutes drive include Tirhatuan park, Kokoda trail memorial walk, Lysterfield park and Jells Park.

Fishing at Rowville Lakes

At Rowville Lakes, you can target several freshwater fish species including trout, redfin and carp. You can fish either from the banks or by kayak and non-powered vessels. Small redfin and stocked trout will be your main catches but we have also seen redfin up to 1 kilo and carp up to a meter in length caught. This lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout just prior to school holidays. Over the last couple of years, 400 rainbow trout yearlings have been added in each school holiday term. Use this link to follow Victorian trout stocking programs.

When targeting freshwater species such as trout and redfin we recommend fishing with a spinning light rod. This will make the experience more enjoyable whilst improving your catch rates. We suggest a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo capacity fishing rod. Coupled with a 2000, 2500 or 3000 size reel. Spooled with a decent quality braid between 4-8 pound finished with a rod length of a quality fluorocarbon leader.

If you plan on fishing with bait from the banks then powerbait in bright colours, worms and maggots are great options. You can also try to use live minnows and mudeye. Either on a light running sinker rig, paternoster rig or suspended from a float. We have seen plenty of trout and redfin caught using these baits and methods.

Rowville Lakes is a great location for lures and soft plastics. There are lots of stocked trout and small redfin so small minnow imitation and paddle tails soft plastics are great choices. Tassie devils and spinners in smaller sizes and bright colours should be some of your first choices. Check out our guide on the Best lures for catching Redfin

You can also try your luck with long casting metal lures which are a great option for land-based anglers. These are great for bigger fish and allow you to cast long distances. Top options include the nories wasaby and pontoon 21 paco spoon which are great for targeting both trout and redfin. Shallow diving hard body lures such as bullet lures, Daiwa double clutch, Rapala Countdown series are also excellent choices.

If you plan on targeting carp from the banks then we would recommend using corn kernels, worms and bread. Again either on a basic running sinker rig or suspended from a float. If your actively targeting carp then it would be wise to upgrade your fishing outfit to something a little heavier. Perhaps a 3-5 kilo fishing rod coupled with a 3000 size reel spooled with 10 pound line as a good starting point.

Most freshwater species have a tendency to feed more aggressively at Dawn and Dusk. My personal favourite is fishing the sundown particularity in the warmer months.

Helpful fishing video for Rowville Lake

Why not have a look at this video which highlights how to target stocked rainbow trout. Rowville Lakes is stocked heavily with rainbow trout every year during most school holidays so this video should provide you with some helpful tips.

Parking and facilities at Rowville Lakes

Free parking is available just of Stud road. The walking trails start from the entrance near the community centre.

Known Hazards at Rowville

As with all areas that have water and high grass just always be cautious of snakes in the area.

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