Welcome to the Trout Fishing Guide Victoria. 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. Check out the Trout stocking schedule. Most trout stockings occur before the school holiday in many lakes and rivers across Victoria and Melbourne providing locals 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 is a wonderful technique and art that many anglers will spend years trying to master.

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Trout facts, fishing guide and catch limits

Scientific Names – Rainbow – Oncorhynchus mykiss, Brown – Salmo trutta. Trout should be targeted in the colder months with Winter and Spring your best time to catch a nice rainbow or Brown. They 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.


How to catch trout fishing in Victoria Guide

We recommend targeting trout with a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo fishing rod coupled with 1000, 2000, or 2500 reel spooled with 4-8-pound braid and equivalent fluorocarbon leader. If there are larger trophy size trout around then 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. Best baits to catch trout include mudeye, powerbait, scrub worms, maggots, earthworms, live minnows suspending from a float or with a very light running sinker.

A simple yet effective fishing rig is to thread a small running sinker through the mainline shown below in blue around 6 pounds. Then tie a small swivel to the end allowing the sinker to run up the mainline freely. On the other end of the swivel tie 50cm of 6-pound fluorocarbon leader which is shown in grey. Finished with a hook size 6 bait keeper hook.

Running sinker fishing rig

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 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. 

Recommended baits to catch trout

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

We conducted a test to see which would perform better for stocked trout powerbait or lures. Watch the video below to find out the results which were interesting.

Recommended lures to catch trout

Watch our detailed video on our favourite trout lures perfect for the trout season opening.

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 waiders 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.

Best locations to catch trout in Victoria

  • Eildon Pondage
  • Lake Purrumbete
  • Rubicon River
  • Hepburn Lagoon
  • Tullaroop Reservoir
  • Moorabool Reservoir
  • Lake Tolondo
  • Wurdi Buloc
  • Lillydale Lake
  • Mitta Mitta River
  • Albert Park Lake
  • Blue Rock Lake
  • Bostock Reservoir
  • Lake Hyland
  • Lake Bullen Merri
  • Daylesford
  • Eildon Pondage
  • Goulburn River
  • Karkarook Park
  • Kennington Reservoir
  • Casey Fields Lake
  • Pakenham lakes
  • Coliban Reservoir
  • Lake Fyans
  • Lauriston Reservoir
  • Lillydale Lake
  • Newlyns Reservoir
  • St Augustines water hole
Recreational fishing guide

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 Trout Fishing Guide Victoria are Fishing Mad originals.

Additions or Corrections for this fish species

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