October in the Grampians means the sun is officially out, so head to some of the region's stunning lakes and waterways.
Located at the foot of the Grampians National Park and a short drive from Halls Gap, Lake Fyans is a relatively small, man-made catchment with good catches of brown and rainbow trout and some great redfin.
LOCAL TIP: When the lake is holding a good amount of water, shore-based angling is a good option, especially off the wall fishing mudeyes or fly fishing.
EVENT: October 12-14, Lake Fyans Holiday Park is hosting the Lake Fyans Annual Flyin' (Fly Fishing Competition). It’s a fantastic family fun weekend with trophies for winners and events for children. There's a family barbecue on Saturday night and a raffle with prizes.
Just half an hour from Halls Gap, Lake Wartook is a peaceful and rather secluded lake making it a great location for anglers to catch brown and rainbow trout and redfin.
LOCAL TIP: Fishing off the wall section of the lake is permitted providing comfortable bank fishing.
North of Hamilton is Rocklands Reservoir, the second largest lake in Victoria. The warmer months are the perfect time to experience fantastic fly fishing, bait fishing and lure-casting from the shore. Redfin, exceptional golden perch and Murray cod are plentiful and you might even bring in a large carp.
LOCAL TIP: Yabbies can be found in the deepest part of the lake at the wall area near Balmoral.
Close to Horsham in the west, the fishing here is good from the shore and from small boats with sizeable numbers of redfin and a few yellowbelly. Carp have been abundant and some very large Murray cod have been caught by anglers fishing for yellowbelly with yabbies.
LOCAL TIP: The best spots for yabbies are on the bottom near any dead trees.
Lake Bellfield is located five kilometres from the main shops in Halls Gap. It is known to be a popular tourist spot with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and reflective waters. It’s an excellent location for bank fishing with redfin and trout the predominant species.
LOCAL TIP: Internal combustion engines are not permitted on the lake, but rowing and electric powered boats may be used.
For more visit www.visitgrampians.com.au or a visitor information centre.