Fly Fishing | New South Wales | Lake Oberon

Fishery 3.6 Rating

Waterway Type

Lake
Lake

Target Species

brown troutbrown trout
English perch (redfin)English perch (redfin)
golden perch (yellowbelly)golden perch (yellowbelly)
Murray codMurray cod
rainbow troutrainbow trout

Fly Fishing Highlights

  • Mixed fishery of Murray cod, yellowbelly, redfin, brown and rainbow trout
  • Can be fished from paddle craft/float tube, electric powered boat or from the bank
  • Great camping on offer right on the lake

Target Species - Seasons

rainbow troutjanfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
brown troutjanfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
English perch (redfin)janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Murray codjanfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
golden perch (yellowbelly)janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec

Note: species & seasonal information is indicative at the time of publishing.
For authoritive information visit https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational or other relevant jurisdictional authorities.



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Fishing

The lake can fish well through all seasons as a mixed fishery but as a mostly stocked fishery. It has potentially suffered from low return rates due to large numbers of redfin present. The stocking of yearling rainbow trout has alleviated this and they are the primary target species.
Both rainbows and browns are best targeted outside of the heat of summer (late November to mid-March), which can send the trout out of fly fishing range in this deep, mostly steep-sided lake. There is good scope for pulling a team of wet flies over the colder months, whether from a drifting boat or from the shore. A good approach is to drift parallel to the shore or into windy points though any shallower area under 3m will typically have a high concentration of small redfin. On still mornings there are also good midge rises especially when the lake has filled over spring and covered new ground.
The native species here can be targeted with the warmest summer months best however as the stockings are fairly recent, 2019/20 season was the first stocking for Murray cod and 2020/21 for yellowbelly, it will take time for the native fishery to develop.

Access

Reef Reserve just outside of the town of Oberon is the primary access point. The reserve allows camping for up to 72 hours and has toilet facilities, gas BBQs along with a boat ramp. The lake is paddle craft and electric powered boating only, any petrol motor must be removed from the boat to fish. Access along the banks is via stiles into the paddocks covering around 1.5km of shoreline.
There is also access at the dam wall reserve continuing onto the Oberon Golf Course.
Kelly’s off Edith Road also offers access to the dam however it can be restricted at higher water levels.

Note: access information is indicative at the time of publishing.
For authoritive information visit https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational or other relevant jurisdictional authorities.

Flies

Woolly Buggerrainbow trout
brown trout
English perch (redfin)
#8 – 14janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Brown Cruncherrainbow trout
brown trout
English perch (redfin)
#14 – 16janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Bass Vampiregolden perch (yellowbelly)
Murray cod
#4 – 6janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec
Donnie Brascogolden perch (yellowbelly)#2 – 2/0janfebmaraprmayjunjulaugsepoctnovdec

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