Welcome to the Toorongo River Fishing Guide. The Toorongo River is located a 90-minute drive from Melbourne along the Warburton highway not far from Noojee. It’s a beautiful and very scenic location, the river flows from the Toorongo Falls. It’s a great place to take the family. There are camping grounds at the bottom of the falls, and walking trails with breathtaking views along 2 falls. There are active wildlife and bird watching along the amphitheatre walk. The river itself is a long shallow system that snakes around the rainforest and local farmland. Crystal clear waters with deep holes make walking upstream great for fly fishing. The system is full of brown and rainbow trout that often sit in sheltered calm pools. Most trout are between 25 and 35cm and don’t seem to get a lot bigger than that, but they are clean, healthy, and very colourful. They’re also a lot of fun to catch on the light fly or spinning gear.
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Things to do Toorongo River
This is a unique location to bring the family. Camping, stunning walking trails, and waterfalls. Stunning views, rock formations and falls. A tranquil setting with the sound of the falls and local birdlife. It’s not every kid’s cup of tea, but it is an amazing location. The biggest issue I have had in this area is leeches. A nice wander around the falls had my young children in chaotic fits when they realized they had many leeches on their skin. It can also be very slippery with descents and sharp rocks so do be very careful. All country areas are inhabited by wildlife such as Snakes and Lizards, so be wary of venomous snakes such as Brown, Tiger and Red-bellied Black.
Fishing Toorongo River
The Toorongo River is a magnificent system to target wild brown and rainbow trout. This river system has shallow flowing clean water with calm pools and is ideal for fly fishing with nymphs. This way you can walk upstream and carefully cast into calm pools and deeper pockets. You can also fish with small shallow diving hard body lures, surface lures, and soft plastics that imitate crickets and mayflies. There are some sections of the river where spinners and lures such as Tassie Devils will work to great effect. Again this is primarily a fly fishing location. Ideally, you would be fishing here with a fly combo. Speak to your local tackle store about being fitted out for a fly fishing combo. There are also local fly fishing tuition opportunities available so keep your eyes open for those. If trout fishing with spin gear then the ultra-light gear is a must and ill make the experience more fun. 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. This lake is not stocked, these are wild trout and should be treated with the utmost respect. We believe catch and release is a must here, and do your best to keep the fish in optimal health by using an eco-friendly net and barbless hooks where possible.
This river system has shallow flowing clean water with calm pools and is ideal to grow for fly fishing with nymphs. This way you can walk upstream and carefully cast into calm pools and deeper pockets. You can also fish with small floating and shallow diving hard body lures. Some good examples of shallow diving hard bodies that work well will include Rapala’s countdown series in F models such as F3 and f5, as well as ecogears SX40F and other floating options. Soft plastics with ultra-light jig heads that imitate crickets and mayflies will also work well due to high cricket and mayfly activity. There are some sections of the river where spinners will work really well, just adjust the weight of your spinner to the depth of the water levels. You can fish here with bait but in most areas of the river, you will need to do so unweighted. Often bait fishing in shallow streams is challenging as you need to cast downstream which can often spook the fish. If you do plan fishing unweighted then scrub worms, maggots, mudeye and power bait are good options.
Speak to your local tackle store about being fitted out for a fly fishing combo. There are also local fly fishing tuition opportunities available so keep your eyes open for those. If trout fishing with spin gear then the ultralight gear is a must and ill make the experience more fun. 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. This river has an open and close season, so please check these dates before fishing and don’t fish during closed seasons. Always carry your Victorian fishing license, FishingMad encourage that wild trout be treated with the utmost respect. We believe catch and release is a must here, and do your best to keep the fish in optimal health by using an eco-friendly net and barbless hooks where possible. This is an unspoilt area so do your best to keep it this way by cleaning up after yourself and looking after the natural fauna and wildlife. Trout will bite all day long in this area but are notorious for feeding more heavily at Dawn and Dusk. My personal favourite is fishing the sundown.
Check out this video highlighting how to target stocked rainbow trout.
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 particularly in the warmer months.
Recommended baits Toorongo River
- Scrub worms
Recommended lures Toorongo River
- Bluefox spinners
- Daiwa DR joint minnows
- Daiwa Bait Junkie 2.5 inch grub
- Savage Gear minnow blade
- Berkley powerbait grub
- Daiwa Presso minnows
- Tasmanian Devil Blade
- Bullet lures 5-0 minnow
- Bullet lures 3cm lure
- strike tiger nymph
- Nories Wasabi spoon
- Rapala countdown floating minnow
- Pontoon 21 paco spoon
- Daiwa Double Clutch
- Tasmanian Devil lure
- Gulp 3-inch minnow
- Zman 2.5 inch grub
- Daiwa Bait Junkie paddle tail minnow
- Savage Gear Fathead crank shallow diving
- Squidges biotough grub
Targeting Trout at Toorongo River
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 then 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 power bait or lures. Watch the video below to find out the results which were interesting.
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