Fishing locations Sugarloaf reservoir is situated in the Yarra Valley within the Christmas hills. With a 15 kilometre walkway around the lake, its a open and scenic spot for family picnic, walks, cycling and fishing.  You cannot bait fish from Sugarloaf only lure fish as its part of the main drinking water supply, however many 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.

FISH SPECIES TO TARGET

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

BEST LURES

Soft plastics are a great choice, so are spinners, tassie devils, and mid diving hard body lures. Flick towards structure and slow roll with occasional hops and pauses for retrieve. If your targeting yellas then vibes, blades, spinnerbaits and lipless cranks are also a great option. Click here to see our best lures and plastics when targeting Redfin. If you do choose to bait fish then fishing with scrub worms or maggots.

ROD SETUP

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 2 – 4  or 1 – 3 kilo rod. The main line spooled with 4 pound braid finished with a good quality leader.

MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES

Any time of day, though some fish will be more active at Dawn and Dusk

FAMILY FRIENDLY

This is an nice spot to take the kids with plenty of fishing spots with surrounding parks and BBQ facilities

KNOWN HAZARDS

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

PARKING

Plenty of parking is available within the parks entrance

RULES AND REGULATIONS

Bait fishing is not permitted. Always carry your Victorian fishing license, FishingMad encourage ‘catch & release’ of all native species to help maintain the water quality within the lake however European Carp must not be returned.