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 bait fish from 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 7.00pm and 5.00pm in winter.

What fish can I catch at Sugarloaf reservoir

Golden perch ( Yellowbelly ), Redfin, trout, tench & carp

What are the best lures to use at Sugarloaf reservoir

Soft plastics at Sugarloaf reservoir 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. Click here to see our best lures and plastics when targeting Redfin.

Rod, Reel and line setup for Sugarloaf  reservoir

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.

Best times to fish Sugarloaf reservoir

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

Is Sugarloaf reservoir a family friendly destination

This is a nice spot to take the family and kids with plenty of walking tracks, fishing zones, picnic grounds, BBQ’s facilities and toilets. 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.

Known hazards at Sugarloaf reservoir

As with all country, rural areas always be mindful of snakes.

Parking availability at Sugarloaf reservoir

There is plenty of free parking available within the entrance of the park with properly sealed roads.

Rules and regulations at Sugarloaf reservoir

The park is open every day of the year from 8.30am through to 7.00pm. Outside of daylight savings, the park closes at 5.00pm.

Fishing with bait is strictly not permitted, You are only allowed to fish with lures in the permitted fishing zones

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.

Additions and corrections of this location

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