Trout Fishing Australia – Lures, Tackle & Locations

Brown Trout Fishing AustraliaTrout Fishing in Australia

 

We all acknowledge Australia is blessed with the most superlative salt water fishing the globe has to offer. From beach and ocean rocks to our blue water  paradise, our much treasured and protected aquatic wonderland is a haven for anglers of all disciplines. As if that wasn’t enough, much of South Eastern Australia and, perhaps to a lessor extent, the southern regions of Western Australia, provide excellent freshwater opportunities to keep the trout enthusiasts engaged in their favourite pastime for a life time and beyond. For the trout newbie, a whole new fishing lifestyle and passion is there to be embraced and explored.

From rural rivers and dams to the remotest high country streams, trout fishing in Australia will see you immersed in our countries postcard wilderness. Trout fishing in Australia embodies all we dream and imagine in the sport. It is you, pristine wilderness, the ethereal sounds of forest and stream, the scents of campfire and no one else for miles. It is you, your kit and your wits pitched against hard fighting, wily trout. They’re incredible sport, delicious on the camp grill and the thrill of the search can only be outdone by the strike and ensuing battle.

Our online Fishing Store sells the latest and best trout lures, rods and reels at unrivalled prices. The old hand can restock their trout kit and upgrade their equipment. The novice can select a custom, scratch built outfit and kit then hit the streams, rivers and dams, entering the sport with trusted, quality gear. Shimano, Daiwa, Rapala, Celta, and Hardy Zenith Fly are just a few of the brands offering outstanding trout fishing equipment. Read on for more information about Australian trout fishing locations, lures and equipment.

A Brief History

Our trout, Brown, Rainbow and Brook, are all introduced species. The 19th Century saw the introduction of these species much to the detriment of many of our fresh water natives. They have adapted well here, particularly the Brown Trout. Such introductions would be impossible in contemporary Australia. Those of us with the trout passion can credit our access to the sport on the dubious biological controls of the past. Despite the trout’s chequered history and the ecological implications of their introduction the trout enjoys nearly protected status. Trout fishing is strongly regulated and our dams and rivers are regularly stocked. The trout is here to stay, the species have adapted and endured, and the continuing Australian passion for the sport ensures we are well supplied with the latest in trout fishing equipment.

How to Catch Trout, Common Methods and Simple Tips

Depending on the location you choose there are a number of popular methods for catching trout. Your approach is likely to be based on your location or of course to your access to travel and purchased equipment. Whatever the case. It is very easy to get started. And there is a method that will suit you.

Fly Fishing: Probably the most recognisable method of trout fishing. Mostly done in streams and rivers where trout are found swimming shallow and attacking the surface. Special casting techniques are required and flies are an art unto themselves. Introduction to the method is often best under experienced guidance. The fly technique can take some time to master, requires patience and great finesse. There are quite a few places that offer lessons. Pflueger and Gillies have great entry level fly fishing rod and reel combos. For the experienced, Hardy Fly Rods and Reels provide the highest of quality.

Casting Lures: In lakes, dams and rivers, casting as you would do it in the salt water. Just add a lure to your balanced spinning rig and start casting lures. This is a very easy way to start the trout battle. Shimano and Daiwa have great light weight, specialised fresh water rods and reels. Be sure to have a selection of lures and lure colours. Different retrieves speeds and techniques can make a huge difference also and can change a sluggish session into thrill a minute. Check out some of the best trout lures listed further below.

Bait Fishing: A sinker and a swivel tied to a leader above a hook. So simple it is perfect. Ideal for lakes and dams, all you need do is add a garden worm to your hook. Look for fresh water reels from Shimano and Daiwa to enhance your trout fishing experience. A 2 to 4kg set up would be ideal.

Trolling: Trolling delivers great results on dams, lakes and in rivers. Check the lures below to see which ones you should purchase. Keep in mind that in certain areas the trout can be very deep, particularly when the sun is bright. A downrigger may become an essential piece of kit for the deeper lakes and dams.

Jigging: Rainbow trout respond well to jigging. Particularly when they are lurking in the depths. This is a great method when the sun is on the river and the fish have left the surface for some protection. Jig the deep holes and remember, jigging is not just for the boaties.

Baits for Trout: Bait fishing is an awesome way to hunt for trout. A fresh water spinning outfit from Daiwa, Shimano Silstar or Okuma provide options for creating an excellent trout fishing rig. Baits are very readily available and include; Garden worms, Wattle grubs, Mudeyes, Cockroaches, Crickets and grasshoppers work well too. Try Live baiting to entice the bigger fish.

Trout Lures

Best Trout Trolling Lures for Lakes and Rivers

  • Rapala Spotted Dog
  • Rapala Ultra-Light Minnow
  • Berkley Power Blade
  • Tassie Devils

Best Trout Lures for Streams

  • The Berkley 3B Fat Dog
  • The Berkley 3B Crank Scum Dog
  • The Rapala Original Floating Minnow
  • Rublex Celta Fishing Lure
  • Berkley Gulp 3 inch minnow
  • Berkley T-Tail Minnow

Best Trout Lures for Lakes and Dams

  • The RMG Scorpion 35
  • The Storm Gomoku stiletto
  • Berkley Powerblade
  • Rapala Original floater
  • Celta lures
  • The Rapala Xrap Series

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Trout Fishing Locations in Australia

There are so many awesome locations for trout fishing in Australia. The list below represents just a handful of the possibilities. You will find Brown Trout just about everywhere. Rainbow Trout are also widely dispersed but not quite as prolific as the Brown. Brook Trout are not as common as its cousins but you will find all of them are fabulous sport fish and all are truly delicious. It is very wise to check the fisheries guidelines for the location you choose to fish as regulations can vary. The list below barely scratches the surface. Google the areas mentioned to find greater detail.

Fishing for Trout in NSW & ACT

  • The New England Region
  • Central Southern Highlands
  • Snowy Mountains
  • Kosciuszko National Park
  • Barrington Tops
  • Gloucester Tops
  • Robertson
  • Goulburn

Fishing for Trout in the Snowy Mountains in NSW

  • Lake Jindabyne
  • Lake Eucumbene
  • Monaro River, lower and Upper
  • Perisher Creek
  • Bobundra Creek
  • Betts Creek
  • Diggers Creek
  • Thredbo River
  • Moonbah River
  • Snowy River
  • Eucumbene River
  • Murrumbidgee River
  • Swampy Plains River – Geehi
  • McLaughlin River


Trout Fishing Victoria

  • Lake Eildon
  • Lillydale Lake
  • Blue Rock Lake
  • Goulburn river
  • Lake Bellfield
  • Lake Wendouree
  • Lake Eppalock
  • High Country

Trout Fishing Tasmania

  • Derwent River
  • Craigbourne Dam
  • Huon River
  • Lake Meadowbank
  • Lake King William
  • Bronte, Bradys and Lake Echo
  • Great Lake
  • Arthurs Lake
  • North Esk and St Pats rivers
  • Lake Barrington

Trout Fishing Western Australia

  • Waroona Dam
  • Harvey Dam
  • Collie River
  • Blackwood River
  • Donnelly River
  • Warren River

Appropriate Trout Fishing Equipment

Trout fishing equipment need not cost you an arm and a leg. The famous brands like Shimano and Daiwa offer fantastic fresh water rods and reels ideal for trout fishing. A rod between 6 and 7 feet rated from 2 to 4kg with spinning reel from sizes 1000 to 3000 will be perfect. Grab a bag of Small Mustad hooks usually size 2 to 6 if you’re using bait, or check the lure selection above.

One of the best investments for standing in a creek or stream are a good pair of waders. Wilson have excellent fishing waders or you could check out the Kokoda Dawn Patrol Waders. Both are fantastic and will keep you dry and just a little warmer for those long spells standing in cold alpine waters.

For those interested in Fly fishing, try Pflueger and Gillies entry level fly fishing rod and reel combos. For the Fly expert and enthusiast, have a look at the Harvey Zenith range of Fly rods. Rumour has it that they are the best trout fishing rods on the market. Check Shimano and Daiwa for a fly reel to match.

Smoked trout are fantastic table fair. To add the culinary touch to your trout fishing expedition, you might like to take a look at the Jarvis Walker Stainless Steel Fish Smoker. You’ll also need smoker sawdust so check out the Tacspo range of smoker sawdust, there are a number of wonderful flavours from which to choose.

You can find all of these on our website by using the handy search tool at the top of our online fishing store. So, what are you waiting for? Buy Trout gear and get out and go fishing!

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