Lake Bullen Merri
Lake Bullen Merri at Camperdown is less than 20 mins drive from Lake Purrumbete. A deep, volcanic lake with saline water, it is stocked with brown and rainbow trout, Atlantic and Chinook salmon, and Australian bass. Trout and salmon captures often top 4 kg.
The bass are slower growing than either trout or salmon and bite best when the weather is hot. Bass to 1.3 kg can be caught.
Access around the lake is easy. There are two boat ramps, one in the north-east corner near where the road ends at the fence, and the larger ramp at the southern end of the lake near the Bullen Merri Anglers clubhouse.
For shore-based anglers, access is along the road that fronts the southern, western and northern shores. Top spots include South Beach, near the boat ramp; Potters Point about halfway along the western shore, and the stretch from ‘The Cave’ near the pine trees at the north end to the ‘Coral’ at the eastern fence line. Fly-fishers do reasonably well near ‘Potters Point’ and ‘South Beach’.
The main problem with this lake is the wind, because regardless of the direction the wind is coming from, it will eventually swirl around into your face.
Anglers trolling often tend to work their lures close to shore, with Potters and Wurrong points at the southern end well regarded.