Fishing locations Tullaroop Reservoir is roughly 2 hours drive from Melbourne just beyond the wider Ballarat area. The reservoir was built back in the 1950’s and today Tullaroop offers great trout fishing in the winter months. Those brave enough to endure the frosty mornings are rewarded with a trophy size brown or rainbow trout. Walking the banks and looking for any signs of life breaking the surface is a great start. Fly fisherman will do well here casting fly’s into that immediate area and waiting for a strike. Its also a great location for redfin in summer. In future years Tullaroop thanks to recent stocking programs will be great for golden perch too.

On the 21st of May 2019 Tullaroop reservoir was officially opened to kayaks, canoes and electric boats. This freshwater system has been heavily stocked with trout and golden perch in recent years creating an amazing ecosystem and fishing destination in years to come. Water storage levels at times can be quite low in mid 2019 water storage was recorded at 40% capacity.

Fish species to target

Redfin, trout, golden perch. Over the last four years, almost 200,000 brown and rainbow trout have been stocked into the reservoir. In March 2019 Tullaroop was also stocked with 100,000 golden perch.

Fishing Tullaroop reservoir with bait

Mudeye under a bubble float is a great at Tullaroop ideally with the wind and gentle tidal flow behind you to prevent your bait coming back to the shallow bank. Other general baits work well too scrub worms, earth worms, Power bait and yabbies with a light running sinker rig.

Fishing Tullaroop reservoir with lures

Hard body minnow style lures work great for trout in this area. Natural looking colours that imitate a minnow or trout fingerling have been our preference. We have had success with Daiwa double clutch in 60mm and 75mm versions, Rapala countdown series, Savage Gear 3D prey minnow 65mm and bullet 5-0 minnows. Long casting lures such as Tassie devils in 13 grams, and metal spoons around 10 grams such as Wasaby and Paco spoons also work really well. They allow you to cover great distances which is especially important on windy days.

General soft plastics particularly 5 and 6 cm curl tail and paddle tail minnows work great in deeper sections. Natural colours such as motor oil are good options. Simply adjust the weight of the jig head to your desired depth. We would generally start around 1/8 grams and move up or dwn depending on the conditions that day. Also spinners are a good option for targeting both trout and redfin. Click out our guide the best lures and soft plastics when targeting Redfin.

Rod setup

Its always a good idea when targeting Trout and Redfin fish as light as possible. This will make the experience more fun and improve your chances. However Tullaroop can hold fish up to 10 kilo so you may choose to use heavier line up to 10 pound us perfectly fine. We would recommend using a 7 foot spin rod, with a capacity of 1-4 or 2-5 kilos. A 2500 size spinning reel and the main line spooled with 6-10 pound braid finished with a good quality leader. Fly fishing is also a great technique in this location.

Most productive times

Any time of day, though some fish will be more active at Dawn and Dusk. Again if your brave in the morning on the cold winter months that’s often when the brown trout will be most active.

Family friendly

This area has ample car parking, toilet facilities, picnic grounds with tables and chairs. Woodfire BBQ facilities making it a nice spot to take the family for a days out fishing.

Known hazards

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

Rules and regulations

Please note fishing in waders is not permitted in this location. Swimming is also prohibited in this reservoir. There is also No camping or shooting allowed.

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