The Victorian High Country earns endless attention for the immense beauty that’s on show year round. But it’s not just nature lovers who back a winner in these parts – there are plenty of rewards for anglers, too.
It should be no surprise, really. In a region blessed with some of the most sparkling natural treasure imaginable, of course you could expect to find enticing waterways that are prime for landing a catch.
And there’s plenty of variety when fishing in this area: cast a line in prized rivers, lakes, and creeks.
From Wangaratta to Bright and everywhere in between, take advantage of these fishing spots when in Victoria’s High Country.
Ovens River: There is a host of points along the river that provide easy access for anglers, including Sydney Beach in Wangaratta and Snowy Creek Picnic Area, south of Bright. Trout is the main species to keep watch for in this section of the Ovens River.
Buckland River: Once more, trout is likely to be the catch of the day within this stretch of water. There are a few key access points roughly 20km southwest of Porepunkah.
Buffalo River: Fringing magnificent Mt Buffalo National Park and accessible about 40km northwest of Bright, the river contains ample trout as well as blackfish, redfin, and other varieties that are ripe for the catching.
Lake Buffalo: Spotted on the Buffalo River and grabbing the gaze of Mt Buffalo National Park, the lake combines great fishing opportunities with spectacular views. Redfin, trout, and even golden perch are your likely catches.
Morses Creek, Bright: Feeding into the Ovens River, the picturesque creek is home to trout, blackfish, and redfin.
Barwidgee Creek, Myrtleford: Another creek that links with the Ovens River; this waterway provides anglers a chance to catch trout, blackfish, and small redfin.
Buffalo Creek, Myrtleford: Much of this creek lies within Mt Buffalo National Park, and trout is your likely find here.
Hurdle Creek, Wangaratta: This creek flows into the King River and offers opportunities to catch blackfish, redfin, and trout.
Tronoh Dredge (Harrietville Dredge Hole), Harrietville: Trout will be your main find at this popular location, which has strong family appeal. Its features include barbecue and shaded areas as well as a jetty.
Mt Beauty Pondage, Mt Beauty: The charm-filled Mt Beauty township, about 30km east of Bright, is worth a visit alone with its setting on the edge of Alpine National Park. Walking tracks skirt the pondage, which has trout and redfin for the taking.
Please note: streams and rivers are closed for fishing from the start of June to the first weekend in September.
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