Karkarook Park
  |  First Published: December 2013

Located on the corner of Warragul Road and Fairchild Street right in the middle of Moorabbin lies Karkarook Park.

This is a wetlands area stocked with excellent numbers of trout and holds healthy populations of redfin. This lake is the perfect place to get the kids started, and hooked on fishing.


The best time to target trout and redfin at Karkarook is just before the school holiday period as it is stocked with trout for the kids. As for time of day, the fishing can be red hot at any time but generally better around dawn and dusk, as trout tend to feed on the surface.


A nice light graphite 7’ rod matched with a 2500 sized reel with light braid or mono of about 6lb is ideal for spinning or bait fishing for trout and redfin.


Bait fishing in stocked lakes doesn't get much easier than this. A running sinker rig with a size 1 ball sinker to a small size 10 hook is all that is needed. Light fluorocarbon leader of about 6lb is more than enough, even for the larger fish of 1-1.5kg that roam the weed beds.


Powerbait is the number 1 bait at Karkarook and is the most common trout bait used by most anglers who fish in stocked impoundments. The bright colours like pink and orange tend to be a stand out and the smell it puts out, is just too much for trout to resist.


If you can't decide whether to bait or lure fish why not try both. A good way to find fish is to have one bait rod with Powerbait sitting in a rod holder, and while you are waiting cast a few soft plastics or hardbodied lures around. Some day's the fish are tuned in on bait and won't hit a lure, then other days the other way around.


A fresh feed of trout is always good and the kids love nothing more than catching a fish and taking it home for dinner. Don’t feel guilty about taking these fish for a feed. They are tasty and it is a put and take fishery and stocked a couple of times a year for this reason.


When the fishing is tough, or the sun is out in force, try fishing the area to the right of the bridge. It is one of the deepest area's close to the bank and the fish tend to hang around in the cooler water and holds good numbers of trout and redfin.

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