Welcome to the Sugarloaf Reservoir Fishing Guide. Sugarloaf reservoir was established in the 1970s and is situated within the Yarra Valley nestled within the Christmas hills.  With a 15 kilometre walkway around the lake, its an open and scenic spot for a family picnic, walks, cycling and fishing.  You cannot fish with bait at Sugarloaf only fishing with lures is permitted as it forms part of Melbournes domestic water supply. The reservoir gets its water through the pipeline from the Yarra River and Maroondah aqueduct. Several local anglers have reported fishing with baits and rangers not making a fuss when they do. This is a great land-based fishing location for Golden perch and redfin. Just flick soft plastics, vibes, blades and shallow diving hard body lures along the weedy edges. The lake opens at 8.30 am and in summer closes at 7.00 pm and 5.00 pm in winter.

Things to do at Sugarloaf Reservoir

Sugarloaf reservoir is roughly 45 kilometres away from Melbourne past townships such as Eltham and Warrandyte. This is a lovely and scenic location to take the family and kids with plenty of walking tracks, fishing zones, picnic grounds, BBQ’s facilities and toilets. There is plenty of free parking available within the entrance of the park with properly sealed roads. Keep a lookout for birdlife, kangaroos, wallabies and echidnas. Why not take the family for a hike, cycle or gentle walk around the 15-kilometre track around the reservoir. Sailing is another popular activity here and the local sailing club is often on the water.

It’s a great location for hikers. The hike starts at the Saddle Dam Picnic Area and car park on Simpson Road. There are clear signs throughout to keep you on track. The hike offers great views and takes on average 4 hours to complete the full circuit. Close by attractions includes the Warburton golf course and picturesque and challenging layout. There is also the Kangaroo grounds war memorial and surrounding vibrant townships. You could also continue further up and visit local attractions such as Healsville Sanctuary. An amazing zoo for both kids and adults. The place is well maintained and has a terrific range of animals and activities.

Fishing at Sugarloaf reservoir

At Sugarloaf reservoir, you can catch Golden perch ( Yellowbelly ), Redfin, rainbow trout, brown trout, tench & carp. Soft plastics are a great choice as redfin and golden perch will eagerly take these. Spinners, Tassie devils, and mid diving hard body lures are also good options for perch and trout. Flick towards structure and slow roll with occasional hops and pauses for the retrieve. If your targeting yellowbelly then vibes, blades, spinnerbaits and lipless cranks are also a great option. Why not have a read at our details guide on the best lures to catch redfin.

When targeting freshwater species at Sugarloaf reservoir including golden perch and redfin we recommend fishing with a light spinning 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 braid between 4-8 pound finished with a rod length of a quality fluorocarbon leader.

Any time of day, though golden perch and redfin can be more active at Dawn and Dusk

Boat and kayak access at Sugarloaf reservoir

Kayaks and boats are not permitted on sugarloaf reservoir. Boats are understandable as this does make part of the local drinking supply, but we struggle to understand why it’s not open to kayakers considering sailing is permitted. Our understanding is that there are agreements in place between the local sailing club and Melbourne water. Let’s hope in years to come kayak access is considered.

Rules, regulations and hazards at Sugarloaf reservoir
  • The park is open every day of the year from 8.30 am through to 7.00 pm. Outside of daylight savings, the park closes at 5.00 pm.
  • Fishing with bait is strictly not permitted, You are only allowed to fish with lures in the permitted fishing zone
  • Dogs are not allowed in the park
  • Always carry your Victorian fishing license.
  • FishingMad encourages ‘catch & release’ of all native species to help maintain the water quality within the lake however European Carp must not be returned.
  • As with all country, rural areas always be mindful of snakes.
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