Welcome to the Sumsion gardens lake Fishing Guide. Sumsion gardens lake is a small lake within Belvoir Park. Located in Wodonga less than 5 minutes of the Hume highway. This is a managed family fishing lake as part of local initiatives to grow fishing ( Target 1 million by 2020 ) and has yearly stocking of rainbow trout yearlings. It’s a lovely location with scattered with lush gardens, uncover picnic areas, local birdlife and fishing platforms which makes it an ideal location to take the family for a fish and fun at the park.

Check out this video with some helpful tips on catching stocked trout.

Things to do at Sumsion gardens lake Belvoir Park

This is a lovely location for the family to visit with well-maintained parklands and lush gardens. It’s a great place for a picnic with shelter, undercover BBQs, gazebos, toilets, nearby dog park, and children’s playground. There is also a walking or cycling track that goes around the lake with scattered fitness equipment stations. It’s a picturesque scenic location great for photos on sunrise and sundown and a good variety of bird habitat.

Fishing at Sumsion gardens lake

There a numerous fishing platforms a short walk from the car park. The vast majority of the shoreline is accessible to land-based anglers with the deeper sections of water to be found along the northern side. At Sumsion gardens lake, you can target several freshwater fish species including

  • rainbow trout
  • European carp

This lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout during school holidays breaks. In 2020 the lake received 980 rainbow trout yearlings. Use this link to follow Victorian trout stocking programs.

If your bait fishing here we would recommend using power bait in bright colours, live minnows, scrub worms, maggots, corn and mudeye. Either suspended from a float, paternoster rig or a small running sinker rig ( using a very small sinker when using a paternoster rig or running sinker rig ). This location also fishes well with lures and soft plastics. We would strongly suggest starting with small soft plastics including curl tails and paddle tails, spinners and shallow diving hard body lures around 5cm in size. For more suggestions read our guide on the Best lures and soft plastics to catch redfin

When targeting freshwater species such as trout and redfin we recommend fishing with a spinning light 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 a decent quality braid between 4-8 pound finished with a rod length of a quality fluorocarbon leader.

Redfin is more active in the warmer months whilst trout are more active during the cooler months. Most freshwater species have a tendency to feed more aggressively at Dawn and Dusk. My personal favourite is fishing the sundown particularity in the warmer months.

Recommended baits Sumsion gardens lake

  • Powerbait
  • Scrub worms
  • Mudeye
  • maggots
  • corn

Recommended lures Sumsion gardens lake

Targeting Trout at Sumsion gardens lake

Trout

We would highly recommend that you read our detailed guide on how to catch trout which details our favourite lures, baits and techniques. You can follow trout stocking timelines by reading the Victorian trout stocking guide as part of the target 1 million by 2020 and 10 million by 2022 initiatives.

When targeting trout with lures we recommend using shallow diving hard body minnows, metal spoons, spinners, Tassie devils and soft plastics which are also very effective on trout. If your bait fishing, then Mudeye, scrub worms, power bait, yabbies and minnows suspended from a float or a running sinker rig are great options when targeting trout at this location. Trout are more active in cold conditions with most catches on the first and last light of the day.

We recommend targeting trout with a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo fishing rod coupled with a 1000, 2000, or 2500 reel spooled with 4-8-pound braid and equivalent fluorocarbon leader. If there are larger trophy size trout around than you can go heavier moving up the scale to a 3-5 kilo class spin rod spooled with fine 8-12-pound braid and equivalent fluorocarbon leader.

We conducted a test to see which would perform better for stocked trout powerbait or lures. Watch the video below to find out the results which were interesting.

Targeting Carp at Sumsion gardens lake

Carp

There is a large volume of carp in local lakes however they are fun to catch and you can learn more about catching carp have a read of our detailed guide to carp fishing around Victoria. When targeting carp standard baits such as corn, bread, maggots work great for carp here. Using a simple running sinker rig with a pea-size sinker works great in this area. So, does suspending baits using a float. We have also fished well using unweighted baits. You can also target carp with hard body lures and soft plastics. This is a difficult technique that generally requires sight casting. Which means spotting a nearby carp and casting right in there are and working the lure of plastic slowly hoping they will strike. Its tough but very rewarding when you catch a carp using this method. Most however will stick to targeting them with bait.

For rod selection, a 3-5 kilo rod coupled with a 4000 size reel is very suitable. You could even fish a little heavier with rods designed for snapper that are generally 4-7 kilo 7 foot in length. For fun I have caught some monster size carp using 2-4 kilo rod and 6-pound braid. But I am prepared to lose some good fish in the process. We like to target carp on sundown particularity in the warmer months. This is often when you see carp swimming along the edges or jumping out of the water around September-November which is their spawning season. European carp must not be returned to the water. Always carry your Victorian fishing license.

A simple yet effective fishing rig here is to thread a small running sinker through the mainline shown in blue, which is usually around 8 pounds. Then tie a medium swivel to the end allowing the sinker to run up the mainline freely. Then tie on the other end of the swivel 50cm of 8-pound fluorocarbon leader (the leader is shown in grey ). Finished with a hook. I generally use a size 6 bait keeper hook or size 10 long shank which is perfect for corn kernels or scrub worms, however, you can also use small treble style hooks which is a better setup if you using bread.

Running sinker fishing rig

If your getting snagged up than you can also use a flot rig. Attach a quill or bubble float to your mainline. Thread the line through and adjust the length using a size 6 bait keeper hook or size 10 long shank keep your bait suspended at a good depth. Ideally cast down breeze which will stop the float from coming back to you. If you’re not getting bites then adjust the line depth and If necessary add a splint shot to add weight.

Float fishing rig

Acknowledgements

Images of fish supplied VFA and DEPI. All other images and videos shown on the Sumsion gardens lake Fishing Guide page are Fishing Mad originals.

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