Fishing the crater lakes district of Victoria
IN THE last of my six-part fishing series I want to introduce you to a truly unique part of Australia to visit and fish; the crater lakes district in Victoria.
A short drive to the west of Melbourne will have you in the midst of an ancient landscape that was shaped by our last volcanic era.
There are a few lakes in the area but the most notable are Purrumbete and Bullen Merri. These lakes are found in the area around Camperdown.
These dams are circular and very deep being that they were formed by violent volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Today they are filled with cool waters and plenty of brown, rainbow trout, salmon and redfin perch.
The trout and salmon fishing is first class and many anglers travel here in winter and summer to sample the fishing.
The pick of the fishing occurs in winter and the change-over seasons.
Popular techniques include fly-fishing with baitfish profile flies around the weed edges of lakes, particularly in Purrumbete. Bait fishing with live baits under floats is popular in both Bullen Merri and Purrumbete.
Many anglers opt to troll lures around these dams and fare well on some very big trout and salmon. Trolling lures behind attractors and down deep on downriggers is a popular pastime here. Standard trout lures such as bibbed hardbody minnows and winged options such as Tasmanian Devils are worth packing.
Standard trout spinning equipment will cover most options - two to 4kg weighted rods with 2500 sized threadline reels and 4-8lb braided or fluorocarbon lines.
There are boat ramps on these dams and 4m plus boats are perfect for navigating these waterways.
There are plenty more locations that I could write of but I am afraid I have run out of space. My next big trip is planned to the beaches and rock headlands to the west of Port Lincoln towards Yalata, which is another remote fishery that I have heard should be on the bucket list of anglers. I'll let you know how I go in a future piece!
Nige Webster works for AFN Fishing & Outdoors and presents and produces The Fishing Show on Channel 7Mate. Facebook: AFN 'The Fishing Show'