Lake Eildon is a centre piece of Victoria’s northeast and a hub for outdoor activities including fishing. The lake is a manmade storage on the Goulburn catchment and an integral part of Victoria’s irrigation system that delivers water downstream for agriculture. Featuring over 500 kilometres of shoreline, Lake Eildon is vast with thick forest along its southern shores and grassy farmland along much of its northern.
For a long time, Lake Eildon’s fishing was dominated by trout and redfin however in recent decades and thanks to extensive stocking, an outstanding mixed fishery now includes trophy Murray cod and golden perch.
The lake is well serviced by launching facilities at the Alliance ramp next to the dam wall, Jerusalem Creek and Goughs Bay with smaller seasonal ramps that can be used depending on the lake level. Several marinas are home to Victoria’s largest fleet of houseboats, lots of which are available to rent for that ultimate on-water holiday.
Lake Eildon is now arguably Victoria’s best big Murray cod water. It’s open year-round too because the three month closed season for the species does not apply there. Trolling, bait fishing and casting are all effective methods offering something for everyone 12-months of the year.