Fishing locations Tarago reservoir was built in 1969 and extended further a few years later. Its located near the township of Neerim roughly 100 kilometres east of Melbourne. It supplies domestic water supply to residents of the baw baw shires. It is a nice location with scenic views, picnic areas, and BBQ’s. It offers interesting fresh water fishing. In recent years the most common catch has become carp, but it can still produce trout to good sizes and redfin.
BEST BAITS, LURES & TECHNIQUES
Trout, Redfin, Carp, Eels
BEST BAITS AND LURES
Your likely to be mainly catching carp from the banks so corn, scrub worms and bread will work very well. It also might be worth upgrading to heavier rod and line as there are some big ones in there.
If you plan on fishing with bait from the banks then Scrub worms, corn, mudeye and Power bait and great options. This is a great location for lures and soft plastics. Click here to see our best lures and plastics when targeting Redfin. Long casting metal lures are great for land-based anglers. Top options include the nories wasaby and pontoon 21 paco spoon. Both are great 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.
When bait fishing a 3-5 kilo rod, with a 4000 size reel spooled with 8 pound line is a good all-round choice. A light running sinker rig, with a small sinker to a swivel, 50cm of leader with a size 6 hook. 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.
MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES
Most freshwater species have a tendency to feed more aggressively at Dawn and Dusk. My personal favorite is fishing the sundown particularity in the warmer months
This is a very scenic area, great for picnics. Probably not a lot of activities for the kids to do other then fishing and running around. But not to far away has the Toorongo falls circuit walk which is quite spectacular.
This creek has had several recent outbreaks of Blue Green Algae so always be weary of the water conditions. There is also known debris in the water so be careful when using small boats or Jet skis. Of course this area is inhabited by wildlife such as Snakes and Lizards, so be weary of venomous snakes such as Brown, Tiger and Red bellied Black.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Camping and open fires are prohibited. 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.
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