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. Its 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.

FISH SPECIES TO TARGET

bream, mullet

BEST BAITS AND LURES

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 very effective.  

If you plan to fish with bait then Shrimp, yabbies, scrub worms, prawns, sand worms, Maggots, Scrub worms, Pilchards, Mussels, Yabbies, & Chicken. Click here to see our full guide for bait fishing for Bream. The choice of bream lures is almost endless. 

ROD SETUP

For Sanctuary Lakes a ultra light spin rod setup is best. Starting with a 1–3 or 2-4 kilo capacity rod 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.  Something sensitive to see the bites and inquiries.

MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES

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

FAMILY FRIENDLY

There are walking tracks around the lake, but this is mainly a residential area.

KNOWN HAZARDS

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