Trout local fish species facts and Limits. Trout most commonly the rainbow and brown are an introduced species and probably the most targeted fresh water 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. Stocking programs can be seen here. Most trout stocking occur before school holiday in many lakes and rivers across Victoria and Melbourne providing local with great fishing opportunities. Trout can be targeted by fly, lures, and bait but fly fishing a wonderful technique and an art that many anglers will spend years trying to master.

Scientific Name:

Rainbow – Oncorynchus mykiss, Brown – Salmo trutta

Size & 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 rives and lakes so make sure you check your local guide for more information. There are 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.

Bait Recommendations:

Mudeye, Power bait, Scrub worms, earth worms, Corn kernels suspending from a float or with a very light running sinker.

Lure Recommendations:

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 Rapala Count down series. Soft plastics, bug imatations and your humble spinners also are very effective.

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 crysal minnow, EcoGear MX series in shallow streams.

Fly fishing:

Fly fishing is almost a sport in its own right. If your 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. 


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/Rig setup:

Trout fishing requires finesse and best suited to an ultra light 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 use 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:

Hepburn Lagoon, Wurdi Buloc, Lillydale Lake, Lake Hyland, Lake Bullen Merri, Daylesford, Eildon Pondage, Goulburn River, Kennington Reservoir

Best times:

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