Fishing locations Tarago reservoir was built in 1968 as a domestic water supply. Over the years it has had several modifications such as allowing water to be released from the reservoir to the river. The reservoir is located near the township of Neerim roughly 100 kilometres east of Melbourne and flows out into Western Port. This system supplies 37 million litres of domestic water supply to surrounding residents of the baw baw shires. Please note that fishing is not permitted in the main section of the river. You will need to fish the river streams that flow into the Tarago River during trout opening seasons. It’s a lovely location with scenic views, picnic areas, and BBQ’s. Offering interesting freshwater fishing. In recent years the most common catch has become carp, but it can still produce trout to good sizes and redfin.

Things to do at Warragul, Neerim and Tarago River

Tarago Reservoir Park is a great place for a picnic or barbecue with family and friends. The picnic area has open grasslands with views of the reservoir and surrounding landscapes. The rivers are home to platypus and many waterbugs. It also offers terrific freshwater fishing in the surrounding streams. Surrounding the lakes are many dairy farms in Neerim which provide a large volume of Victorias milk and dairy supplies. On the way are opportunities to taste local produce with wine and cheese tasting. Neerim also has nearby horse riding and trout farms. Warragul is the closest major township which is a vibrant town with restaurants, parks, bowling, museum and shopping. A short drive away is the Toorongo falls circuit walk which is quite spectacular. Picturesque waterfalls in a tranquil area with hiking trails and camping. 

Fishing the Tarago River Streams

The main river holds trout, redfin, carp, blackfish and Eels but fishing the main reservoir has recently become prohibited. Watch this space as we know local fishing bodies are keenly protesting to have this system reopened for fishing to anglers once again.

However, the surrounding trout fishing can be exceptional walking the streams within scenic farmlands. Casting flies, floating or shallow diving lures and unweighted baits such as worms and crickets are great techniques. The streams off Noojee, Neerim south and towards East Gippsland offer terrific opportunities to catch wild brown trout. You may have to walk through some rugged areas to find proper spots to fish, or you can walk upstream in search of deeper pools to try. These streams are a great spot for fishing during the opening of trout season as water is generally high and clean flowing from Mt Baw Baw. Most of the streams are quite shallow between half a meter to 1.5 meters and 5 – 10 meters wide.

This is an amazing spot for fly fishing. We suggest a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo fishing rod. Coupled with a 2000, 2500 or 3000 size reel that’s been spooled with a decent quality braid between 4-8 pound. Then finished with roughly a rod length of a quality fluorocarbon leader.

The main river holds plenty of carp. Fishing from the banks with 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 read our guide on the best lures to catch 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 mainline spooled with 4 pound braid finished with a good quality leader.

An aerial video of Tarago Reservoir and river can be seen here

Tarago rules and regulations

Please note that fishing is not permitted in the main section of the river. You will need to fish the river streams that flow into the Tarago River. Please make sure you check trout opening guidelines in rivers within Gippsland area. Camping and open fires are prohibited. 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.

Known Hazards

This creek has had several recent outbreaks of Blue-Green Algae so always be wary 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 wary of venomous snakes such as Brown, Tiger and Red-bellied Black.

Additions and corrections of this location

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