Gosling Creek Reservoir

This is a small water storage located close to Orange which supports an improving mixed fishery. Facilities include toilets, children’s play equipment, BBQ’s and a recently installed fishing platform. It is now classified as a General Trout Dam and related regulations apply.

Fish Stocking
The number of fish stocked to Gosling Creek Reservoir has steadily increased over the last decade with close to 20,000 fish stocked in to the dam in 2002 and 2005, with an average year seeing 8,000 fish stocked to the dam. In 2010/11 approximately 10,000 native fish were stocked to the dam, as well as trout.

Species Present
Rainbow Trout, Golden Perch, Murray Cod, Silver Perch, Brown Trout and Redfin Perch.
Rainbow Trout, Silver Perch, Golden Perch and Redfin Perch are present in the dam in large numbers. Redfin should not be returned to the water if caught. Redfin are a very good eating fish, but are considered a pest species.

Capacity: 400Ml

Surface Area: 12ha

Max Depth: 5m

Year Constructed: 1890

Fishing Methods
You can use just about any fresh water fishing technique and catch a fish although shallow water means fishing from a boat is not recommended.

Bait Fishing
Fishing with baits such as worms, grubs, shrimp and small yabbies works well for most species. Try rigging these baits with a light leader (3 – 4 foot long) and a running sinker. Powerbait also works well with this rig when targeting trout.

In summer live grass hoppers are a good bait to fish on the surface. Use a bubble float half full of water with a 5 foot leader. Lightly greased the leader so it floats. If you can collect lots of grass hoppers you can throw some on the water to attract the fish and get them feeding. Try to keep your float close to the grass hoppers you throw onto the water.

Redfin Perch and Natives prefer lipless crank baits and spinner baits. The speed of your retrieve should be slow in winter and can be more vigorous in summer when the fish are more active. Redfin will take jigs. It is best to fish these from a boat bumping the jig off bottom as you drift in a light wind.

A good all round lure is a small dark colour soft plastic that has a touch of silver, gold, red, pink or orange along the sides. Fish shapes work best, particularly those with a tail that moves vigorously. Attached to a small or medium jig head these lures are very adaptable, as they can be used to spin or jig. Perch and trout will take soft plastics. Trout also like tassie devils and minnow style lures fished with a slow retrieve.

Watch out for snags when fishing with lures.

Fly Fishing
In summer grass hoppers, pumpkin beetles, flying ants, dragonflies, cadis flies and mayflies are often found in large numbers near Lake Canobolas during the day. As night falls Christmas beetles, black beetles, crickets and white and grey moths with appear. In summer try dry flies that match these insects.

The cooler months are better for wet fly fishing. Most people use streamers, with the wooly bugger being the most popular option.

General Trout Dam. Two attended rods per person. Two hooks per rod (with up to 3 hooks per artificial fly or lure) or 3 (where those hooks are artificial flies or lures).
Trout size limit 25cm. Trout bag limit 5 fish.
Redfin perch should not be returned to the water as they are a pest species.

No power boats permitted. Boating is dangerous due to shallow water depth.

Spring Creek and Suma Park Dam’s down stream of Gosling Creek Reservoir are both closed to fishing.

Check the DPI website for other regulations.