As you slowly troll a minnow pattern Rapala lure on Lake Eildon, nestled in a valley of the Central Highlands, it’s hard to imagine this waterway is only two hours’ drive north of Melbourne. And when the fishing is slow in the lakes and rivers, just slink into the trout farm for a sneaky ‘takeaway’ rainbow trout. Don’t catch a big one, though. It could be costly at $20 per kilogram!

Over 100 years ago, Lake Eildon was developed as a water- storage facility for Victoria’s northern plains. Fish stocks are regularly maintained in the lake, where trout over 10lb (4.5kg) are regularly caught. Anglers can also find redfin, golden perch, and Murray cod in the lake and adjacent rivers.

Lake Eildon