Buloc Reservoir is situated about 40km west of Geelong and about
10 km past Moriac on the Cape Otway Road.
There is a treatment plant there that supplies Geelong, Anglesea,
Torquay and the Bellarine Peninsula with 230 million litres
of water per day. With a surface area of 564 hectares, a perimeter
of nearly 9km and (at capacity) a maximum depth of 11 meters;
it has the makeup needed to keep cool and survive the Victorian
summer where other trout lakes have dried up.
Wurdee was originally constructed by the State Rivers &
Water Supply Commission (SR&WSC) by building earthen embankments
around a natural depression just before 1930. It was enlarged
in 1955 to 19,000 mL by Geelong Water Storage Trust and raised
again in 1991 to its present capacity Geelong District Water
trout stockings (both brown and rainbow trout):
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Wurdee gets stocked with brown and rainbow trout each year thanks
to fisheries and is one of Geelong's main water supplies. Because
it is a water supply, you cannot wade, swim, burley or boat
in it and you need to take ALL of your rubbish, including fish
offal (frames etc), back with you.
There are designated fishing spots that are well signposted
and a large car park and toilets at the main wall area.
Best baits are live minnow and mudeye under either a bubble
or a quill float for the resident trout. Minnows can also be
fished either unweighted or with a small sinker on a running
sinker rig. Large scrub worms will also take trout, but this
puts eels, carp and if you're lucky a redfin onto the 'possible
catches' list. The trout in here are also quite partial to lures
and a nice long rod with light line that can cast a long way
is an asset here. Good lures to use are Lofty's cobras and Tassie
Devils in black with red flecks and pinks as well as minnow
styled lures such as Rapala and Knoll's Native minnows.
Redfin bite best when it's warmer, but the largest fish to 2.3kg
can often turn up during winter. They will take most minnow
styled lures, but a live minnow on the bottom with a running
sinker rig is the best way to target reddies over winter.
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times are the hour just before dusk and the hour just after
dawn. Sure Wurdee fish can be caught outside of these hours,
but it's just my personal experience tells me this is the best
The dam wall is constructed of large stones so care should be
taken when walking over them - especially in the wet. Some areas
have the larger holes between the rocks filled to make walking
over them easier.
The lake stays clear most of the time except periods of heavy
rain and it is pretty deep straight off the rocks so long handled
landing nets are an asset.
The lake is pretty much snag free (apart from the odd submerged
log and weed) except when it is at capacity and your most likely
snag will be the base of the submerged wall. This can extend
over 5 meters into the lake so lift your rod up high when retrieving
baits and lures close to the wall.
All the designated fishing areas face west apart from one that
looks north west. This means they are just about unfishable
in any wind other than an easterly - especially if your plans
include the use of floats. You can still bottom fish, but this
time of year the wind chill makes it pretty uncomfortable!
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