Wartook is nestled at the top of the Grampians mountain range
in Victoria's western district ½ hour's drive from Hall's
The lake is water supply, but boats and wading are permitted
with a strict speed limit of 8 knots enforced.
There is a picnic area at the wall and a boat ramp 100m to the
left suitable to vessels to 5m when at capacity.
There is also a camp ground about 5km drive from the lake with
pit toilets and a camping fee of about $8 per person per night
for a site.
The lake has both redfin (av. 400g, max. 1.8kg) and trout (av.700g,
max 2.7kg) and their colours are truly spectacular.
The lake has a few stands of drowned timber and there are some
stumps cut off that can be a real hazard when the water is low.
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The water is clear for most of the year with a slight tannin
stain to it due to the drowned timber. There is a small island
known as Bear Island just east of the middle of the lake. The
eastern side of the lake is shallower with extensive weed beds
and a good spot to soak a mudeye or cast a fly from a boat.
The middle of the lake near the wall is very deep and a good
spot to drift for the local reddies.
Yabby tail is one of the gun baits in the lake and yabbies can
be trapped using a witches hat styled drop net.
The wall is a popular bank fishing spot due to its close proximity
to the picnic facilities and car park.
Many fishermen use unweighted scrub worms off the wall and fish
with an open bail arm. Live minnow and mudeye suspended under
a bubble float are also popular baits.
Trolling lures is also very popular and productive due to the
clarity of the water. Brighter lures seem to do a little better
and deep divers will account for reddies and trout during summer
when the surface gets a little too warm.
When the lake is at capacity, the east and west bank floods
into low lying bushy areas and the fly-fishing can be fantastic.
Trout to 2kg scoot about in water less than 20cm and feed on
the drowned insect and those falling out of the low scrub.
Beetle patterns in both wet and dry flies are the go here as
are small nymphs.
The McKenzie River flowing out of the dam is a real surprise
packet with good-sized trout. This is a good river for bait
drifting and lure casting, but can be a little overgrown for
fly fishing in some places.
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