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Top 5 Victorian Saltwater Fishing Spots

If you're like me you probably enjoy fishing at some of the great saltwater fishing spots in Victoria. But - it's often a question of where?

Where are other people going? What are their favourite places?

While you could ask other people you know there's a good chance they're not going to want to tell you. Not because they're mean, but in fishing, let's face it... Ones company and two's a crowd. Right?

Of course it is. We're all a bit like that. No need to Go GetSalty about it all!

Still. It'd be nice to know. It's true.

So. How about getting the skinny on the prefered Top 5 Saltwater Fishing Spots in Victoria? You want it? Getfished has got it. With full credit to the VFA government survey.

The good folks at the VFA asked 10,314 Vic Fishing license holders what their favourite Saltwater Victorian fishing spots were. Painstakingly fed the results into their number crunching machine - and out popped...

Port Phillip Bay , Western Port Bay , Gippsland Lakes , Phillip Island  and  Lakes Entrance Coastal .

To the right we've assembled their discoveries for you inside handy tabs.

Below we've assembled their discoveries for you inside handy tabs

Getfished has put it into a quick veiw saltwater chart, a grid showing how far you need to travel - and put the top salty spots onto a map.

Bonus points if you guessed Port Phillip Bay was going to be number one!!

Top 5 Saltwater Fishing Spots Chart
Location Percentage From Melbourne
Port Phillip Bay 52.2% 4.6 km
Western Port Bay 28.1% 81.4 km
Gippsland Lakes 11.5% 277 km
Phillip Island 10.3% 142 km
Lakes Entrance Coastal 8.6% 320 km
Barwon River Estuary 8.2% 109 km
Portland 7.6% 357 km
Apollo Bay 7.5% 197 km
Lake Tyers 6.9% 349 km
Warrnambool / Port Fairy 6.4% 257 km
Mallacoota Inlet 5.8% 544 km
Top 5 Saltwater Fishing Spots Map

Top 5 Victorian Saltwater Fish Species

Do you like snapper? How about flathead?

"Huh!", you say, "Is water wet?"

You love 'em we've got them - and more.

The good folks at the Victorian Fisheries Authority included that information in their 2018 survey of 10,314 license holders, too.

To make it easy to read we've assembled it into charts and tables. Including the fish species and some recommended bait you can try. Some of the things that have worked here at Getfished and other people we know about.

So, firmly holding our breath, they are...

Snapper , King George whiting , Flathead (other than Dusky) , Squid  and  Gummy Shark .

On the right of this text it's available in the tabs.

Below this text it's available in the tabs

Species Likely Places Preference
Snapper
Port Phillip Bay, Western Port Bay, Apollo Bay, Mallacoota Inlet, Warrnambool / Port Fairy, Lake Tyers, Portland, Barwon River Estuary, Lakes Entrance Coastal, Phillip Island, 44.8%
King George whiting
Port Phillip Bay, Western Port Bay, Phillip Island, Barwon River Estuary, Lakes Entrance Coastal, Apollo Bay, Lake Tyers, Portland, Warrnambool / Port Fairy, Mallacoota Inlet, 39.3%
Flathead (other than Dusky)
Port Phillip Bay, Western Port Bay, Gippsland Lakes, Phillip Island, Lakes Entrance Coastal, Barwon River Estuary, Portland, Apollo Bay, Lake Tyers, Warrnambool / Port Fairy, Mallacoota Inlet, 37.5%
Squid
Port Phillip Bay, Western Port Bay, Phillip Island, Gippsland Lakes, Lakes Entrance Coastal, Portland, Apollo Bay, Warrnambool / Port Fairy, Mallacoota Inlet, 24.0%
Gummy Shark
Port Phillip Bay, Western Port Bay, Phillip Island, Lakes Entrance Coastal, Portland, Apollo Bay, Warrnambool / Port Fairy, Mallacoota Inlet, 21.9%
Species Bait
 Bait
Snapper
Pilchards, Bluebait, Whitebait, Squid, Soft Plastics, Hard Bodied Lure, Prawns, Chicken,
 Bait
King George whiting
Pippis, Bluebait, Whitebait, Prawns, Pilchards, Mussels, Chicken,
 Bait
Flathead (other than Dusky)
Soft Plastics, Prawns, Pilchards, Bluebait, Whitebait, Pippis, Mussels, Chicken, Beachworms, Squid,
 Bait
Squid
Squid Jig,
 Bait
Gummy Shark
Squid, Pilchards,

Top 5 Victorian Freshwater Fishing Spots

Ever wanted to know some inside information on where people in Victoria choose to fish in freshwater?

Of course you do!

In 2018 the Victorian Fisheries Authority conducteda survey of state fishing licence holders. You are not going to get much more "inside" than that!

They crunched the numbers from 10,314 respondants to the survey. They found the top 5 most popular Victorian freshwater fishing locations were (drumroll):

Murray River (NSW) , Lake Eildon , Goulburn River , Yarra River  and  Lake Eppalock .

In the tabs to the right you'll find some of the data they found.

In the tabs below you'll find some of the data they found.

Getfished has put it into a quick veiw chart, a grid showing how far you need to drive - and put the top spots spots onto a map.

Now, if you're not overly familiar with the Murray River you might be thinking: "Hey - that's NSW!" Which of course it is. The Murray River, as if we didn't know, forms the NSW and Victorian border. However both banks belong to NSW.

Cheeky of them, hey?

So, even fishing on the "Victorian side" means you're fishing in NSW. So, yeah, that means a NSW license too. Such is life!

However - most fisho's stay and fish on the Victorian side in towns like Echuca, Swanhill, Yarrawonga and Wodonga.

Top 5 Freshwater Fishing Spots Chart
Location Percentage From Melbourne
Murray River (NSW) 27.2% 223 km
Lake Eildon 24.7% 235 km
Goulburn River 17.6% 115 km
Yarra River 10.8% 6.9 km
Lake Eppalock 8.6% 128 km
Lake Mulwala (NSW) 6.0% 291 km
Blue Rock Lake 6.0% 131 km
Ovens River 6.0% 251 km
Mitchell River 5.8% 282 km
Lake Purrumbete 4.5% 188 km
Top 5 Freshwater Fishing Spots Map

Top 5 Victorian Freshwater Fish Species

Let's face it. Life can be pretty tough for the weekend warrior fisho.

Not only have we got to work out where to go fishing - but we've also got to work out what to go fishing for. Yes. These things are sent to try our mortal fishing existance.

The experts tell us to go out targetting a specific freshwater fish. Rather than try and catch anything. Thus improving our chances of success.

But, which fish?

Starting out with a list of the most popular freshwater fish in Victorian rivers, creeks and lakes would be a good place to start. Right?

So, Getfished is going to help you with that.

Thanks to the state's very own Victorian Fisheries Authority and their helpful survey of license holders let's take a captain cook at the results...

Their results, after surveying 10,314 fishos, gives us an insight into the top 5 most popular Victorian freshwater fish. Which are:

Murray cod , Rainbow trout , Brown trout , Redfin  and  Golden perch (Yellow Belly) .

We've compiled these into tabs containing a handy chart, a table with photos of the species.

Plus a tab dedicated to our own recommendations for bait you can try for each fish.

It is available in the tabs to your right of this text.

It is available in the tabs below this text.

Species Likely Places Preference
Murray cod
Murray River (NSW), Lake Eildon, Lake Mulwala (NSW), Goulburn River, 40.7%
Rainbow trout
Lake Eildon, Blue Rock Lake, Yarra River, Lake Purrumbete, 39.8%
Brown trout
Lake Eildon, Lake Eppalock, Yarra River, Lake Purrumbete, Blue Rock Lake, 39.5%
Redfin
Murray River (NSW), Lake Mulwala (NSW), Lake Eppalock, Blue Rock Lake, Ovens River, Mitchell River, Lake Eildon, Yarra River, Lake Purrumbete, Goulburn River, 38.3%
Golden perch (Yellow Belly)
Murray River (NSW), Lake Mulwala (NSW), Lake Eppalock, Lake Eildon, Goulburn River, Yarra River, Ovens River, 19.8%
Species Bait
 Bait
Murray cod
Hard Bodied Lure, Soft Plastic Lure, Yabby, Scrub Worm, Bardi Grub, Cheese, Chicken, Freshwater Shrimp, Earthworm,
 Bait
Rainbow trout
Artificial Fly, Hard Bodied Lure, Soft Plastic Lure, Freshwater Shrimp, Yabby, Crickets, Earthworm, Chicken, Scrub Worm,
 Bait
Brown trout
Artificial Fly, Hard Bodied Lure, Soft Plastic Lure, Earthworm, Freshwater Shrimp, Yabby, Chicken, Scrub Worm,
 Bait
Redfin
Hard Bodied Lure, Soft Plastic Lure, Yabby, Earthworm, Chicken, Scrub Worm, Bardi Grub, Freshwater Shrimp,
 Bait
Golden perch (Yellow Belly)
Earthworm, Yabby, Freshwater Shrimp, Chicken, Bardi Grub, Scrub Worm, Hard Bodied Lure, Soft Plastic Lure,

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