Trout local fish species facts and Limits. Trout most commonly the rainbow and brown are an introduced species and probably the most targeted freshwater species in Victoria. They have beautiful distinctive colours and present terrific fighting qualities on light spin outfits and fly. Trout fishing is thriving and initiatives within Victoria are seeing these popular fish stocked by the thousands yearly. Checkout the Trout stocking schedule. Most trout stockings occur before school holiday in many lakes and rivers across Victoria and Melbourne providing local with great fishing opportunities. There is also trout in the variations of Brook and tiger with encouraged programs to increase their numbers currently. Trout can be targeted by fly, lures, and bait but fly fishing a wonderful technique and art that many anglers will spend years trying to master.

Scientific Name

Rainbow – Oncorynchus mykiss, Brown – Salmo trutta

Trout size and catch limits

Trout can grow to large sizes however most common catches through the state are usually between 25cm and 40 cm. There is a limit of 5 Trout per day per person but this does vary between rivers and lakes so make sure you check your local guide for more information. There is no size limit for Trout although we will never understand why people keep the small ones. Please make sure you pay close attention to trout open and close seasons. Fishing for trout in closed seasons is frowned upon and can come with a hefty fine.

Best baits to catch trout

Mudeye, Power bait, Scrub worms, maggots, earthworms, live minnows, or Corn kernels suspending from a float or with a very light running sinker.

Best lures to catch trout

You can catch trout on many types of different lures. Your choice will depend if your fishing in a lake river, or shallow stream. Good choices include metal spoons, hard body minnow imitations like the Daiwa double-clutch, Rapala Count down series and bullet lures. Soft plastics such as minnow imitations, curly tails and paddle tails and bug imitations such as mayfly work well. Old classics such as Tassie Devils and spinners continue to be proven successful options for trout.

Some of our noted favourite lures include Bluefox spinners, Nories wasabi spoons, Pontoon 21 Paco spoons, Bullet lures, Rapala CD 5, Pink Tassie Devil, Savage Gear 3D prey minnow, Yo-Zuri crystal minnow, EcoGear MX series in shallow streams.

Fly fishing for trout

Fly fishing is almost a sport in its own right. If you enjoy targeting trout then it would be a great idea to pay a highly qualified fly fisherman to take you out for the day and teach to the basic skills to get you started. 

General tips for trout fishing

Your eyes can be an essential guide when trout fishing. Look for signs of breaking water and cast lures and baits in those directions. Keep an eye on stocking programs. Trout are generally released just before school holidays to give kids a great opportunity to catch trout in local river systems. Use waiters to allow you to fish from within the water allowing you to target better spots or cast further. Though Trout can be spooked easily so tread cautiously and try to keep the noise down. If your fishing shallow streams the walk against the current when casting flies or floating hard body lures.

Rod and rig setup for trout

Trout fishing requires finesse and best suited to an ultralight combo. We recommend a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo spin rod, 7 foot in length. Coupled with a 1000 or 2000 size reel spooled with 4-pound line and leader. When bait fishing uses a 2-4 kilo rod that’s around 7 foot in length. Coupled with a 2500 size reel either a float or small running sinker to a swivel and very fine leader.

Good locations to target trout

Eildon Pondage, Lake Purrumbete, Rubicon River, Hepburn Lagoon, Tullaroop Reservoir, Lake Tolondo, Wurdi Buloc, Lillydale Lake, Mitta Mitta River, Lake Hyland, Lake Bullen Merri, Daylesford, Eildon Pondage, Goulburn River, Kennington Reservoir

Best times to catch trout

Trout should be targeted in the colder months with Winter and Spring your best time to catch a nice rainbow or Brown.

Recreational fishing guide

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

Additions or Corrections for this fish species

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