|Highland Trout Lakes is a private trout fishery in the Ballarat area that consists of four lakes on the one property. The lakes are designed with fishing points so as to fish shallow and deep. The fishery covers some 32 hectares over a combination of cleared land and eucalypt forest. The four lakes cover a serious 7 hectares and all offer their own subtle challenges. The lakes contain both brown and rainbow trout, all of which are bred in the private hatchery. |
Many of the shores of this flyfishing, catch and release only, fishery have been designed with plenty of cleared areas to allow for unobstructed casting. Substantial vegetation and spring fed areas combine to create a pristine water quality that allows polarising in almost all conditions.
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All four lakes are sping fed and crystal clear and have some prolific hatches of mayfly from late spring right through the season. The average trout in all the lakes is around 2kg with many up to 5kg. There are a number of options to fish at Highland Trout Lakes, including guided and unguided rates. If a party of three or more book for the day, they will receive exclusive use of the four lakes. Fish from first light till after last light.
Bookings are essential.
There are two resident guides, John Wardle and Alistair Purvey. An excellent package is offered, which includes equipment, all meals and, most importantly. advice and just the right flies!
Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea is provided. No closed season, no licence required. Highland Trout Lakes is only one hour's drive from Melbourne off the Western Highway in the Central Highlands district of Victoria, near Ballarat.
The Lakes are fishable all year round and there is no closed season or fishing licence required. The ‘trout food’ however varies throughout the seasons requiring the angler to adapt to their environment.
During the spring/autumn months the area is well known for its’ mayfly hatches.
The lakes produce great dun hatches and large trout are often caught out sipping down dun imitations during these periods.
In summer you will find dragon flies, damsel flies, beetles, grasshoppers, termites and ant hatches on the menu. In winter midge, snails and fish smelting.
So no matter what the season there are fish here feeding waiting to be caught.