Welcome to the Wombat Reservoir Fishing Guide. Wombat Dam Reservoir is a very beautiful and scenic reservoir within the pine forest hidden towards the back of Daylesford. A man-made dam built-in 1964 located in the outskirts of town past the railway and market grounds. It’s part of the domestic water supply however it offers year-round fishing with healthy trout and redfin. Yearly trout are stocked into this location making it a great fishing destination. This tranquil place has crystal clear waters. This is a beautiful location. It’s a great location for exploring and a picnic with the family. There isn’t any formal sit down or bbq areas if that’s whats you after then Daylesford has plenty of other options.
Fishing at Wombat Dam Reservoir Daylesford
At Wombat Dam you can catch both trout and redfin. Seasonally redfin is more active in the warmer months and trout active on the colder months. The lake is quite deep whilst being shallow along the banks. Wombat Dam is a great location for lures and soft plastics. Check out our guide on the best lures to catch redfin. A productive way of fishing this style is flicking shallow diving lures and soft plastics along the banks and structure which will no doubt catch you plenty of redfin. Long casting metal lures, blades, vibes and spoons are also a good option worth trying when fishing from the banks. They will allow you to cover great distances and target both trout and redfin at the same time. Top options include the nories wasaby, pontoon 21 paco spoon & Savage Gear soft fat vibes.
Shallow diving hard body lures and heavily weighted soft plastic minnow imitations are also excellent choices. Some good options include bullet lures in bright and natural colours, Daiwa double-clutch, Rapala Countdown series and Savage gear minnows are also excellent choices. Traditional lures such as spinners and Tassie devils will also work really well especially in bright colours. You won’t need to get to fancy here a simple cast and slow roll will be effective. You may also consider trolling these slowly from your boat or kayak. In the early mornings, you may spot trout breaking the surface to take flys and crickets. Therefore fly and cricket imitations lures and soft plastics such as the savage Gear Mayfly are also options worth trying.
When targeting freshwater species such as trout and redfin we recommend fishing with a light spinning rod. This will make the experience more enjoyable and improve your catch rates. 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.
Bait fishing here can be quite productive from the banks. Some excellent bait options include mudeye on a float or scrub worms, powerbait & yabbies on a light running sinker rig. This is a great choice for trout and redfin. Trout and redfin are notorious for feeding more aggressively on dawn and dusk. So we highly recommend fishing the first and last hours of sunlight. With redfin more active in the warmer months and trout more active in the colder months.
Many lakes and reservoirs in the area have been stocked with trout fingerlings. Use this link to follow Victorian trout stocking programs.
Have a look at our detailed video guide on how to fish at Daylesfordsford.
Things to do at Daylesford
This is a beautiful and scenic location and a tremendous spot to take the family for a light bushwalk. There are many photo opportunities and the chance to spot local wildlife and birdlife. Around Daylesford, there are many cafes, boutique shops and other lakes such as Lake Jubilee, Pyke’s creek & Calembeen Park. Whilst in Daylesford we would highly recommend exploring the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, enjoying weekly Sunday markets, relaxing at Hepburn springs bathhouse and spa resort, and exploring the local mineral springs.
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