When - 23 - 24 Jun 18

Staying at -TBA

Trip co ordinator - Pat Sheridan

Trip classification – Lake Trip

Trip Description:


Lake Purrumbete is a freshwater lake, with a surface area of 552 hectares and a minimum depth of 45 metres.

Lake Purrumbete is surrounded by private property and public access to the lake is restricted. There is a boat ramp and caravan park in the south-western corner and public shoreline access at ‘Hoses Rocks’, on the western shore, and through the quarry on the eastern side. After that it’s shanks’ pony.

Boats give easy access to all areas of the lake and shoreline. 

Purrumbete browns are pretty much active throughout the year. However winter, spring and early summer is best. The east and north shores offer some particularly good open shallow sections with sand and silt bottoms and plenty of weed beds to fish. The prevailing wind direction often dictates the choice of spots although the lake’s high borders offer some protection. 

The best tactics to use will be determined what the trout are feeding on and where. At first light and late afternoon, brown trout can be found in the shallow water near weed beds chasing nymphs, shrimp or minnow. If trout are in the shallows they will often reveal its presence with a surface boil or bow wave. These fish can be gently offered a nymph or shrimp imitation which is slowly worked past their field of vision. Sight fishing can be rewarding if you spend the time watching them working a beat. 

Working smelt / minnow or attractor patterns over deeper drop off is the way to search for the unseen deep water feeders. Cast out along the drop off and allow the fly t

o sink well down before retrieving it with slow to medium strips. 

Bigger fish do a lot of feeding after dark so this is the time to fish black flies. Work the edges of the drop off and the deeper water next to weed beds. Just on dark fish will also come into the swallows looking for minnows and other small fish. 

A boat can be very handy for gaining access to shores around the lake and fishing the deeper sides of weed beds. Float tubes are also very useful for fishing around the lake. 

In Purrumbete the rainbows and quinnat salmon are found primarily in the deeper, open waters. They are relatively pelagic in their habits and spend a lot of time feeding deep. Along the drop-off out from the edge of deep weed beds, is a good area to start looking. 


It’s recommended 7 – 8 weight outfit with 4 kg tippet. Lighter 5 – 6 weight rods are fine for the shallows, but the weed beds can be a problem if you are using light tippets. 

Floating and slow sinking weight forward lines will allow you to fish most situations from the weedy shallows to the deeper drop-off. 


In Purrumbete the rainbows and salmon eat a lot of bait fish. Smelt/Minnow patterns tied to imitate Galaxia minnows or the Australian smelt are quite successful. Patterns with a slim profile in an olive, yellow-olive, grey or dark green colour with a bit of flash are the go.

In bright conditions use lighter colour flies, with white and silver, or translucent bodies. On dull days use flies with darker tones. General patterns include Matukas, long-tails, Deceivers, Zonker (size 2-8 hook)

Salmon and rainbows will also respond to minnow patterns incorporating fluoro colours including pink, orange, or green on a white base. These colours can help gain the attention of fast , active fish feeding on the go and are useful on dark days and at dawn or dusk. Pre-dawn and dusk and also on overcast days are times for black flies. Patterns such as the Matuka, Zonker, Muddler Minnow, and Woolly Bugger will get results. Rainbow trout also feed on shrimp and nymphs taken from deeper weed




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  • 25 Mar 2016

    AM Showers 21°C 12°C

  • 26 Mar 2016

    Mostly Cloudy 22°C 13°C