Welcome to the Tullaroop Reservoir Fishing Guide. Tullaroop Reservoir is roughly 2 hours drive from Melbourne just beyond the wider Ballarat area. The reservoir was built back in the 1950s 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 fishermen will do well here casting fly’s into that immediate area and waiting for a strike. It’s also a great location for redfin in summer. In future years Tullaroop thanks to recent stocking programs will be great for golden perch too.
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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.
Things to do Tullaroop Reservoir
This area has ample car parking, toilet facilities, and picnic grounds with tables and chairs. Woodfire BBQ facilities make it a nice spot to take the family for a day out fishing.
Fishing Tullaroop Reservoir
Here you can catch redfin, trout, and 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. Mudeye under a bubble float is great at Tullaroop ideally with the wind and gentle tidal flow behind you to prevent your bait from coming back to the shallow bank. Other general baits work well to scrub worms, earthworms, Power bait and yabbies with a light running sinker rig. Hardbody 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 are 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 down depending on the conditions that day. Also, spinners are a good option for targeting both trout and redfin. Click out our guide to the best lures and soft plastics when targeting Redfin. It’s always a good idea when target 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 kilos so you may choose to use a heavier line up to 10 pounds is 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. Any time of day, though some fish will be more active at Dawn and Dusk. Again if you’re brave in the morning in the cold winter months that’s often when the brown trout will be most active.
Recommended baits Tullaroop Reservoir
- Scrub worms
Recommended lures Tullaroop Reservoir
- 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
- Rapala countdown floating minnow
- Daiwa Double Clutch
- Tasmanian Devil lure
- Gulp 3 inch minnow
- Zman 2.5 inch grub
- Dawia Bait Junkie paddle tail minnow
- Savage Gear Fathead crank shallow diving
- Squidges biotough grub
Targeting Trout at Tullaroop Reservoir
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 power bait or lures. Watch the video below to find out the results which were interesting.
Targeting Redfin at Tullaroop Reservoir
We recommend targeting redfin with a light spin outfit. This will make the experience more enjoyable and improve your catch rates. A 1-3 or 2-4 kilo fishing rod coupled with a 2000, 2500 or 3000 reel spooled with 4-8-pound braid and equivalent fluorocarbon leader should be perfect. Redfin respond really well to lures and soft plastics so do check our guide on the best lures for catching Redfin When using soft plastics, we highly recommend curl tails, minnow imitations, and paddle tails in both natural and bright colours. Rigged with a jig head that’s 1/8 through to 1/20 in weight. The most effective way to use these is to cast towards visible structure and slow roll the soft plastic with lifts and pauses for the retrieve. Shallow diving hard body lures, blades and vibes are also very effective in this system. So are traditional spinners and Tassie devils in bright colours. Metal spoons also play a role allowing you to cast great distances and targeting the bigger size reddies. Just remember they are quite heavy and very prone to snags in small inland systems like this one.
Targeting Yellowbelly at Tullaroop Reservoir
Yellow belly AKA Golden Perch is a beautiful freshwater fish found in this system. With a rich food source available the yellowbelly here grow too thick and plump sizes. Good lure choices include curl tail soft plastics with the zman 2.5-inch grubz and Gulp 3-inch grub minnow both in black are standout choices. Soft vibes such as the Zerek fish trap, Jackall transams and Samaki vibelicious are great options. lip-less crank-baits such as Jackall TN50 and TN60 continue to be very popular so do blades such as the eco gear ZX40 with stinger hooks. Other favourites are the reliable stump jumpers, spinnerbaits, bassman spinners, large grub style soft plastics in dark colours. Soft plastics are worked best on a 1/8 or 1/4 jig head slow-rolled along any structure. This works particularly well when tying your boat or kayak up against trees and working the soft plastic slowly up against the tree and adding some noise to the action by tapping the butt of your rod or by hitting the jig head into the timber. This brings out the predatory nature of the yellowbelly. Take advantage of down scan and side scan technologies on your sounder and spend some time moving between the structure to find the fish. Other lures to can be worked amongst the timber but in general work really well in open water being slow-rolled or trolled.
When it comes to rod selection we generally use a light spin rod around 7 foot in length in 1-4, 2-4 or 3-5 kilo class paired with a 1000, 2000 or 2500 size reel. Spooled with 8-12 pound braid and an equivalent fluorocarbon leader. Baitcaster rods and reels are a very popular choice when targeting yellowbelly. Good options include a 3-5 or 4-6 bait caster with a 2000 bait caster reel. When bait fishing a 7 foot light rod paired with a 3000 size reel. Good bait rigs would include a paternoster rig with a small sinker at the bottom or a running sinker rig with scrub worms or yabbies.
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