Fishing locations Stony Creek Reservoir is located not too far from the township Anakie towards the end of Geelong-Ballan road. It’s a scenic freshwater fishing location that provides domestic drinking water supply for the township of Geelong and surrounding areas. This lake is popular and has been heavily fished in recent years. However, for anglers, it still provides an exciting opportunity to catch a large redfin, rainbow trout or brown trout. I have seen and caught some very large fish from this lake mainly near the slight rock wall. The reservoir has been stocked heavily with both rainbow and brown trout in recent years and this pattern will continue as part of the state governments target 10 million by 2020 initiative. Please note that there are 3 lakes in the immediate area separated by roads but only 1 is permitted for fishing.
Check out a video we recorded recently at Stony Creek losing a large rainbow trout suing long casting metal spoons.
Things to do at Stoney Creek Reservoir
Upper Stony creek reservoir is located roughly 40 kilometres from Geelong. Its roughly 1-hour drive from Melbourne nestled within the Brisbane ranges. At the location, there are basic facilities available such as picnic tables. This is a very scenic location and if you enjoy bush walks there are numerous walking trials. There is also bird watching and fishing which presents as good options too.
Fishing at Stoney Creek Reservoir
Upper Stoney creek contains a healthy population of Redfin. You often get smaller ones following your soft plastics but there are some large ones in there too. This system has also been stocked heavily in recent years with brown and rainbow tour. last year 20,000 rainbow trout and 5,000 brown trout were stocked. Both species can grow to great sizes here. Use this link to follow Victorian trout stocking programs.
This is a great location for lures and soft plastics. Click here to see our guide on the best lures and soft plastics to catch redfin. Long casting lures are great for land-based anglers. Top options include the ever-reliable tassie devil, nories wasaby and pontoon 21 paco spoons. These present great options for targeting both trout and Redfin. Shallow diving hard body lures such as bullet lures, Daiwa double clutch, Rapala Countdown series and Savage gear minnows are also excellent choices. Soft plastics and spinners are also fantastic options.
If you plan on fishing with bait from the banks then live minnows, scrub worms, yabbies and power bait and great options.
There are some good size redfin and trout at upper stony creek reservoir so you may choose to fish a little heavier than normal. This also can work well when casting heavy lures and spoons. Generally when targeting Trout and Redfin fish as light as possible which will make the experience more fun and improve your chances. Redfin will actively take many baits or lures. To maximize your chances fish with a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo rod. The main line spooled with 4 pound braid finished with a good quality leader. Again here it’s ok to step that up to 3-5 kilo and 8 pound line and leader.
The majority of trout taken here are generally on the first and last 2 hours of the day. Redfin can be caught during any time of day. Trout are more active in the colder months and redfin more active in the warmer month.
Rules and regulations at upper stony creek reservoir
Please note that boats are not permitted, Fish from the shore only (no wading), No cleaning of fish on site. No berleying, ground baiting, or digging for bait. And of course, a Victorian fishing licence is required. Dogs are not permitted within the area.
Known hazards at upper stony creek reservoir
It can be tricky keeping your footing with all the rocks especially along the rock walls. When fishing take care as you walk. Also as with all country, rural areas always be mindful of snakes particularly in the warmer months when snakes are more active.
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