Welcome to the Redfin Fishing Guide Victoria. Redfin “English Perch” is an introduced species brought in from Europe in the 1860s. They have thrived in our environment and can be found in most rivers and lakes around Victoria. Some consider redfin to be a breeding noxious pest, however, we at FishingMad simply love them. They’re a great bread and butter species. They can be caught on both lures and bait, they look amazing with characteristic red fins and green and black stripes, they are a great table fish with a lovely taste and a great species to introduce kids into fishing.

Their scientific name is Perca fluviatilisThere is no size limit for Redfin, but we will never quite understand why people keep small ones. Redfin school up in big numbers. Around Victoria, the most common catches are between 20cm and 30cm. Though they can grow up to just over 50cm, which is considered the magical mark for anglers to target. There are no bag limits, and the VIC DEPI would encourage you not to release redfin to encourage other species like Trout and native species such as Golden Perch to flourish.



Watch our detailed video guide on our top 10 redfin lures below

Redfin is a nice eating freshwater fish with sweet flesh. Very simple to prepare and can make a great meal without needing to add a lot of extra ingredients. They have skin and scales and it does take a while to learn how to fillet them quickly, but it’s well worth the effort. Redfin has sharp spines on the dorsal fin and on the sides before the front fins these are referred to as gill rakers. Redfin breed in large numbers so keeps moving around until you start getting bites. 

How to catch Redfin

Bait recommendations – Scrub worms, earthworms, freshwater yabbies

Lure recommendations – Read our detailed guide on the Best lures to catch redfin. Redfin is predatory fish, they’re not too fussy and will have a go at most lures. Good options include soft plastics, spinners, blades and hard bodies. A great starting point might be a brightly coloured soft plastic curly tail on a 1/8 – 1/12 ounce jig head. The trick with fishing plastics is to let cast, then let the plastic sink to the bottom. Redfin will often strike a lure as it’s floating down to the bottom. Wait a few seconds then lift and retrieve a little bit then stop again allowing the plastic to hit the bottom. Alternatively, a slow constant slow roll keeping the lure close to the bottom.

Cast in one area for a few minutes if you don’t get any bites then move on and keep doing this until you start getting some bites. Don’t be afraid to mix up colours and lure styles if the bite goes quiet. Some days bright colours work great the next day natural colours. Redfin is much more active in the warmer months, however, some of the big ones can be caught during winter. They’re great to target in the first hours of sunlight and last hours of sundown, or on overcast days.

Why not listen to the Australian Lure Fishing Podcast featuring Alan from FishingMad on how to catch redfin with lures.


When targeting Reddies on soft plastics and lures we recommend a light 1-3 or 2-4 kilo spin rod around 7 foot in length. Coupled with a light 1000-2500 size reel, spooled with 4 pounds or 6-pound line and leader. When bait fishing uses a 2-4 or 3-5 kilo rod around 7 foot in length. Coupled with a 2500-3000 size reel. Then a paternoster rig with a small sinker at the bottom and a couple of scrub worms.

Have a look at our video guide for kayak fishing for redfin below. 

bait to catch redfin

  • Scrub worms
  • Powerbait
  • Yabbies
  • Mudeye
  • maggots
  • live minnows

lures to catch redfin

Best fishing locations to catch redfin in Victoria

  • Lake Eppalock
  • Lake Fyans
  • Lake Wendouree
  • Daylesford
  • Wurdi Buloc
  • Lake Hume
  • Lake Eildon
  • Casey Fields
  • Devilbend Reservoir
  • Barkers Creek Reservoir
  • Bostock Reservoir
  • Cairn Curran Reservoir
  • Werribee River
  • Lake Daylesford
  • Barwon River
  • Rocklands Reservoir
  • Waranga Basin
  • Lake Purrumbete
  • Loddon River
  • Lake Jubille
  • Lake Nagambie
  • Lake Wendouree
  • Lake Victoria
  • Melton Reservoir
  • Pykes Creek
  • Murray River
  • Spavin Lake

You can obtain a free Victorian recreational fishing guide from the Victorian Fisheries Authorities


Images of fish supplied VFA and DEPI. All other images and videos shown on the Redfin Fishing Guide Victoria are Fishing Mad originals.

Additions or Corrections for this fish species

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