Wendouree is located in the centre of one of Australia's most
famous mining towns - Ballarat.
Access around the lake is excellent via walking tracks and the
main road. There are plenty of toilet blocks, picnic areas and
bbq possies dotted around the lake as well.
The lake is stocked with trout each year and they can reach
The lake is somewhat famous for its exciting black cricket fishing.
Some years, when the cricket numbers are up, the trout gorge
themselves on them. This makes for some very exciting nighttime
fishing with a cricket fished in the surface film (or allowed
to sink) using a bubble float rig.
The lake is also very popular with walkers so care should be
taken on the back cast - especially when fly-fishing!
There is an Olympic rowing course that bisects the lake down
the middle and care should be exercised when this is in use.
The lake has extensive weed growth with large reeds in the centre
of the lake. The trout congregate in and around these weed outcrops
and grow very fat on the prolific insect life that inhabits
The lake also has a good population of redfin that can attain
2kg in weight (av. 800g). These fish respond very well to lure
casting using revolving blade spinners and minnow imitations.
Decent redfin are often caught by trout anglers using mudeye
under a float and are often a welcome by-catch due to their
top performance on the plate.
Fly-fishing is very popular in Lake Wendouree. There are good
hatches of March browns on a warm, windless and overcast day.
Many anglers have employed the 'loch' style of fly-fishing for
trout by drifting and casting flies ahead of the boat. This
gives the fly the correct drift speed if there is a breeze and
allows the angler access to productive water.
The flies to have are: black muddler minnow (for the cricket
invasions), brown nymph and the emerger (both wets), Macquarie
red (dry), highland dun (dry) and red spinner (dry) for the
mayfly hatches. Craig's night time, Mrs. Simpson and BMS are
good all-rounders to have for prospecting if there is no notable
Bait fishing is possibly the most popular with the locals. The
standard mudeye under a bubble float is the go for the local
trout and live minnow or gudgeon fished unweighted, under a
float or on a running sinker rig should see a reddie sooner