Bring the kids along to Karkarook Park
  |  First Published: April 2017

Located on the corner of Warrigul Road and Fairchild Street right in the middle of Moorabbin lies Karkarook Park, a wetlands area that is 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. It’s generally better around dawn and dusk, when trout tend to feed on the surface.


A nice light graphite 7ft 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 one 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 2-3lb that roam the weed beds.


PowerBait is a top bait at Karkarook and is a really common trout bait used by anglers who fish in stocked impoundments. The smell it puts out is just too much for trout to resist. Bright colours like pink and orange tend to be a standout.


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 sitting in a rod holder and cast a few soft plastics or hardbodied lures around while you wait. Some days 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 this is a put and take fishery, 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 areas close to the bank and the fish tend to hang around in the cooler water. This area holds good numbers of trout and redfin.

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