Fishing locations Sanctuary Lakes is located 20 minutes west of the Melbourne CBD near surrounding township Point Cook. An interesting fishing location built around the highly acclaimed Greg Norman designed golf course. The lakes spreading around a residential area with roughly 500 houses established. It’s a very shallow and weedy water system with pumps located at the back circulating water in from Port Phillip Bay. It’s quite possibly one of the worst kept secrets in Melbourne and on its day it can be a great fishing destination for bream and mullet. Fishing is restricted in various areas so keep a lookout for signs. Often prohibited areas include the sandy areas and all the channels. It’s a great location for flicking suspending hard body lures and soft plastics.

Bream fishing at Sanctuary Lakes video

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Fish species to target at Sanctuary Lakes

bream, mullet

What are the best lures to use at Sanctuary Lakes

Click here to see a video of our favourite lures and how to use them when fishing from bream. When fishing Sanctuary Lakes the best options are shallow diving hard body lures and small soft plastics. Some of the best options include grub style soft plastics such as Z-man grubZ, squidgee wrigglers and Savage Gear pro grubs. Minnow imitation style soft plastics such as Z-man slim swimZ, Savage Gear slim minnows. My favourite in the warmer months when bream are sitting in the edges are shallow diving hard body lures such as EcoGear SX Range, Daiwa Double clutch, Jackall Chubby, Atomic Hardz, Savage fathead cranks. Blades and Vibes also work well but prone to weed making them at times not quite as effective.  

What are the best lures to use at Sanctuary Lakes

Click here to see our full guide for bait fishing for BreamIf you plan to fish with bait then yabbies, scrub worms, prawns, sand worms, maggots, pilchards, mussels, & chicken are good options.

Rod, Reel and line setup for Sanctuary Lakes

For Sanctuary Lakes we highly recommend using an ultralight spin rod. Starting with a 1–3 or 2-4 kilo capacity rod coupled with a 1000, 2000 or 2500 size reel. The reel should be spooled with light line 4 to 6 pound braid finished with a rod length of 4 pound leader would be our preference. This would make a great and sensitive outfit to feel the bites and inquiries of bream. This setup is also perfect for flicking soft plastics and hard body lures.

Most productive times to fish Sanctuary Lakes

Anytime of day, the mullet often get a little more aggressive on the last hour

Is Sanctuary Lakes a family friendly location

There are walking tracks around the lake, there is also a gym and stat of the art golf facilities. However, these areas are mainly residential housing.

Known Hazards at Sanctuary Lakes

There has been noted cases of tiger snakes sightings and bitings around Sanctuary lakes golf course so always be weary for snakes.

Additions and corrections of this location

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