Fishing location guide Sanctuary Lakes is located 20 kilometres west of the Melbourne CBD within the surrounding suburb of 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.

Things to do at Sanctuary Lakes

Sanctuary Lakes is a residential area with around 3000 lots and 7000 residents. This is all built around the highly acclaimed 18 holes Greg Norman championship golf course. A links-style course which has hosted some prestigious golfing events. The clubhouse has available conference rooms, bar and restaurant. There is also an on-premise gym and fitness centre. You can walk or cycle around the lake with paved pathways. Or you can hit the water on your kayak or canoe. Just keep in mind that the system is quite shallow and weedy. The weed is dredged periodically throughout the year.

And of course, there is fishing as a popular activity form this location. Have a look at our video which highlights the quality fish that can be caught at this location.

Fishing at Sanctuary Lakes

At sanctuary lakes, you can target both bream and mullet which are in healthy numbers and grow to good sizes. Fish can be caught any time of day, the mullet often get a little more aggressive on sunrise and sundown. This is a great location for catch and release fishing and in particular fishing with lures and soft plastics. 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 timid bream and mullet. 

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.  

Why not have a look at our detailed video on the best lures and soft plastics to use when fishing sanctuary lakes. Or our detailed guide on catching bream with lures.

If you plan to fish with bait then yabbies, scrub worms, prawns, sand worms, maggots, pilchards, mussels, & chicken are good options. When bait fishing a 2-4 kilo rod with a 2500 size reel spooled with 6 pound line would make a suitable choice. Have a read of our detailed guide on how to catch bream with bait.

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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