If you are interested in fishing, there are several spots in the area which are stocked by Fisheries Victoria. Hepburn Lagoon (best fishing in cold and wet weather) gets 5000 brown trout and 5000 rainbow trout each year, Wombat Dam in Daylesford gets 1000 of each every year. Newlyn Reservoir gets 4000 brown trout a year, and Jubilee Lake gets 400 advanced rainbow trout released before the second and third school holiday each year. Other smaller waters get some too, so you are in with a good chance.
There’s also redfin, tench, golden perch and blackfish, try the upper reaches of the Werribee river. Malmsbury, Lauriston and Coliban reservoirs are possibles too.
The Lerderderg River has trout, but is hard to reach due to the terrain. Best access is via McKenzies Flat, Blackwood and O’Brien’s Crossing.
You can buy a fishing licence online here:
or in person from Lake Jubilee Holiday Park.
I provide yabbie nets and a landing net (good for a heavy struggling fish, prone to snap the line), but you will have to bring your own rods if you plan to give it a go. Well, I have a small rod you can borrow, but it’s not very good. Though I have caught a trout with it!