Spring 2020

Fishing Reports – Melbourne Spring 2020

Fishing reports from some great fisho's in Victoria. Wherever possible I list reports that come with video footage of catches. I'm always on the look out for more and try to update the reports at least weekly.

The Melbourne Fishing Report page offers a selection of videos featuring the most recent catches of a variety of Victorian species. Giving some indication of where are the fish biting in victoria.

Some of the videos are from some of Melbourne and Victoria’s most prolific fishos.

They also include many great tips and hints from the guys and gals who make them.

Seasons are marked for each species where possible.

Where a species is out of season the videos are left in place for those curious – giving some information about the fishing last season in those videos.


COVID-19 Fishing Reports Notice

Fishing is banned in the Melbourne Metropolitan Region currently – due to Stage IV COVID-19 Restrictions. In addition, fishing is limited in Regional Victoria due to their current COVID restrictions. Thus our fishing report updates are infrequent and not available from some places.

We hope this situation will improve when lockdowns lift in the coming weeks and months.

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Snapper

Snapper Snapper Fishing Reports

Reports include adult Snapper and Juveniles – aka Pinky Snapper.

The most sought after saltwater fish species, by recreational anglers, in Victoria.

For good reason!  Larger specimens are fantastic fighting fish.  While smaller specimen over the legal size (currently 28cm) makes a succulent table fish.

Snapper Season: May be fished all year round. More abundant between October and March


Murray Cod

Murray Cod Murray Cod Fishing Reports

Murray Cod fishing reports largely come from regional Victoria & NSW. 

Places near to the Murray River.  The Ovens and Goulburn Rivers. 

Lake Eildon and Lake Nagambie.

While Murray Cod can be found in waters like the Yarra River (upstream from Eltham) these catches are not as common.

Murray Cod Season: Closed – 1 September to 30 November inclusive. Lake Eildon and the waters south of the Great Dividing Range are open year round, except the Yarra River.


Bream

Bream Bream Fishing Reports

While very timid bream can be a fantastic fighting fish.

As a panfish, the flesh is very tasty.

Bream are caught on a wide variety of baits, hardbody lures and soft plastics.

Bream are sensitive to environmental conditions.  They also seem to be sensitive to what fishos have on their hands.

Some claim bream, for example, can detect odour on your fingers ranging from petro-chemicals to nicotine from cigarettes.  Allegedly smokers find it harder to catch bream.

To my knowledge, this has never been scientifically verified.

Bream Season: All year round in Victoria.


Calamari (Squid)

Squid Calamari (Squid) Fishing Reports

Squid are not only abundant they are fantastic to eat. 

Reasonably easy to catch – with some experimentation.

Plus they make fantastic bait for many Victorian saltwater species.  Including snapper and gummy sharks.

Calamari (Squid) Season: All year round in Victoria


Whiting

Whiting Whiting Fishing Reports

King George Whiting are one of Victorias most popular saltwater fish.

They can be finicky feeders and are very shy. 

So stealth is important. As a table fish, their flesh is superb.

Whiting Season: All year round in Victoria. More prolific during the November to March.


Flathead

Flathead Flathead Fishing Reports

Flathead is a surprisingly popular species in Victoria. 

While flathead catches in Port Phillip Bay were more common in years gone by. 

They are certainly there, but for many a little harder to catch. Deeper dredging of the bay has had an impact in my opinion.

 

Flathead Season: All year round in Victoria. More active during warmer months.


Trout

Trout Trout Fishing Reports

While Trout are an introduced species in Australia it is not believed they cause the kind of damage seen with species like European Carp or even Redfin.

As such they are actively farmed and every year the Fisheries Department releases Trout in Victorian streams.

Usually, Trout Season is closed between June and September. The actual dates vary and you can check on the Fisheries website by clicking here.  

Trout Season: closed between June and September. The actual dates vary and you can check on the Fisheries website by clicking here.


European Carp

European Carp European Carp Fishing Reports

European Carp are an invasive pest species in Australia.  They cause massive destruction to the waterways. Clouding up the water making it unsuitable to native species.  Basically changing the environment to suit themselves.

However, they are plentiful, pretty easy to catch – and the more folks out there catching them the healthier our waterways will be!

What can I say – catch them – catch them all!!

I’d rather see fisherfolk out there catching Carp on mass than see the government introduce a Carp specific virus to get rid of them.  That’s been proposed – I’m not kidding!

Catch them, dispatch them, eat them, use them as fertiliser on the veggies (like I do.)

Note – By Law:  European Carp, no matter the size, are not to be returned to waterways.  They must be humanely dispatched immediately.  What you choose to do with them after that is up to you.  Here’s my suggestions on catching European Carp.  

European Carp Season: All year round in Victoria


Redfin (English Perch)

Redfin Redfin Fishing Reports

Known as Redfin in Australia, sometimes as English Perch and in some countries simply “Perch.”

While they are an introduced species – and somewhat of a pest in some waterways – they are nowhere near as destructive as European Carp.  They also taste better and require a little more skill to catch.

I love catching Redfin – and it’s common for me to target them regularly.

Redfin Season : All year round in Victoria


Silver Trevally

Silver Trevally Silver Trevally Fishing Reports

Great tasting fish and often in good numbers in Victorian saltwater bays, beaches and estuaries.

People who have never caught them before are often shocked to find a small louse inside the fishing mouth.  This creature actually eats the fishes tongue, then sites where the tongue used to be and collects free meals as the fish eats.  Pretty gross!

However – the louse is not a threat to humans and fish with the louse present when caught can be safely eaten.

Given they are pretty tasty this is good news.  Right?

Silver Trevally Season :  All year round in Victoria: Min Size: 20cm. A combined total limit of 20 for one or more species of trevally


Mullet

Mullet Mullet Fishing Reports

Mullet often tend to be a by-catch rather than a targeted species in Victoria.  This is a shame as they are in plentiful numbers and pretty easy to catch.

Generally, a lighter tackle is used.  They make an excellent beginner species and are ideal for getting kids started in fishing.

Mullet :  All year round in Victoria. No size limit. A bag limit of 40 composed of all or any species of mullet.


Fishing Report Credits


Dave
Dave

G'day!

I'm Dave, I live and fish in and around Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
When it comes to fishing I love going out to land-based fishing spots, heading out in the tinny (aka an Aluminum Boat) and kayak fishing.

I've been fishing since I was a teen. Beginning way back in the 1970s. It was a hobby I picked up myself as my family certainly had no interest. Making me the black sheep! My favourite fish is Flathead and Snapper. Though I'm partial to Flake (Gummy Shark) and Calamari too! While I enjoy fishing for freshwater species like Redfin and Murray Cod I prefer eating saltwater species. They're just so mouth-wateringly tasty!

I love writing about some of my favourite Melbourne Fishing Spots while fishing around Victoria. As well as the tackle I use and test.
If you see me while you're out fishing say "G' day" - I'll be the one in a bush hat.

When I'm not fishing I'm working on my websites, such as Getfished, or writing computer software (my profession.)

I try to be as accurate as possible on this website. Most of the information is based on personal experience. However, if you spot an error or think there's something that I should add - no worries! Please use the Contact Form.