Spring 2020

Latest Fishing Reports : Melbourne Spring 2020

The Getfished Melbourne Fishing Report. Featuring reports from some of Victoria's most prolific members of the fishing community.

Read the latest reports for what species are active. Where the hotspots are.

Or Subscribe to the Getfished Fishing Report Podcast.

The Melbourne Fishing Report page offers the latest reports compiled by Dave.

As well as our exclusive Melbourne fishing podcast.

So you can subscribe and listen on the go.

Plus there’s 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.

Featuring some of Victoria’s most prolific fisho’s.

Many of which contain some great fishing tips and hints as well.

covid-19-fishing-resctriction COVID-19 Fishing Notice

As of Monday, November 9th 2020, all travel restrictions within Victoria and Melbourne have been removed. What this means is we can now go fishing anywhere within the state of Victoria where we are “normally” permitted to fish.

The last one to the boat ramp is a day old Pilchard!!

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Latest Fishing Report

November 2020 Fishing Report

Melbourne Fishing Report Nov 14th - 2020

The weather has certainly been varied in Victoria and Melbourne this week.

30 degree sunny days to showers and thunderstorms.  Pretty much your average mid-November Spring weather.

Plus - extremely important news - we can go fishing anywhere in the state.  With all Coronavirus travel restrictions lifted.  You can drive from one part of Victoria to the other and fish at your favourite fishing spot.

Might even be able to get rid of these bloody masks yet.  Fishing with a mask in hot weather is pretty hard.

Especially with asthma - and don't bother telling me about asthma is exempted.  Because technically it is. But not every cop is on the same page - it would seem from personal experience.

So - where have the fish been biting this week?  Let's take a Captain Cook...

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Final October 2020 Fishing Report

The COVID restrictions have eased. The water is warmer. Melbourne's Snapper Fishing Reports have well and truly begun. Plus - Murray Cod, Whiting, Flathead, Squid and Bream! Yup! You name it. Even some Mulloway reports coming in! Did I mention Yellowbelly or Golden Perch? How about Redfin and European Carp? No? Well, I will be in this fishing report. Because its all started happening around Melbourne and Victoria folks! Yeah. I'm excited. Aren't you? Well....
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Final October 2020 Fishing Report
Fishing Hotspots From This Epidsode:
Altona, Carrum, Clifton Springs, Geelong, Mordialloc, Mornington Pier, Mt Martha Rocks, Port Philip Bay, Rye, Seaford, Werribee South, Eagle Rock, Lang Lang, The Corals, Tyabb Bank, Western Port Bay, Aire River, Bemm River, Lake Tyers, Port Albert, Blue Rock Lake, Lakeside Pakenham, Lilydale Lake, Yarrambat Lake,



Reports Accumulative Data


Season To Date Data.

What species is being caught around Melbourne and Victoria?

Here you go – at a glance.

We update this information weekly. In line with new reports.

Curent Fishing Report Data October

Snapper Snapper Fishing Reports

Rated as Victoria’s favourite saltwater fish. The Australian Snapper.

Port Phillip and Western Port Bay are considered Victoria’s Snapper Hotspots. However they are caught in good numbers right around the Victorian coastline.

Check out our Dedicated page for Melbourne Snapper Reports.


Recent Snapper Fishing Report Hotspots
Altona, Carrum, Clifton Springs, Corals, Corinella, Crawfish Rock, Eagle Rock, Geelong, Joe's Island, Lang Lang, Mordialloc, Mt Martha, Port Philip Bay, Portarlington Boat Harbour, Seaford, Werribee, Werribee South, Western Port Bay, Williamstown

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.

Our dedicated Murray Cod Reports page has more information.


Recent Murray Cod Fishing Report Hotspots
Lake Eildon, Lake Nillahcootie, Shepparton Region Channels

Bream Bream Fishing Reports

For the most part, Bream fishing reports tend to come from around Melbourne and Gippsland.

However this much loved estuary species is often caught in the Western districit esutaries too.

Our dedicated can help drill down into where the bream are biting here => Bream Fishing Page


Recent Black Bream Fishing Report Hotspots
Aire River, Balcombe Creek, Flemington, Maribyrnong River

Squid Squid Fishing Reports

Most of the Squid reports I collect tend to be from Port Phillip & Westernport Bays.

Generally, you will find a lot of action occurs in spots like Morningtomn Pier. Plus a lot of boat and kayak anglers consistently do well with squid fishing.

Check out our dedicated Squid Report Page.


Recent Squid Fishing Hotspots
Altona, Mornington Pier, Mount Martha, Port Philip Bay, Rye, Western Port Bay

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.

Check out our dedicated Whiting Reports Page.


Recent Whiting Fishing Hotspots
Crawfish Rock, Eagle Rock, Port Phillip Bay, St Leonards Area, St Leonards Pier, Tyabb Bank

Flathead Flathead Fishing Reports

Flathead are one of the most popular Aussy fish species. Right after Snapper and Whting

They are a great table fish and fight well.

They can be caught on a range of baits and lures. With soft plastics being very effective

Check out our dedicated Flathead Fishing Report Page.


Recent Flathead Fishing Hotspots
Corio Bay Victoria Australia, Lake Tyers

Trout Rainbow Trout Fishing Reports

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.  


Recent Rainbow Trout Fishing Hotspots
Barwon River, Bengigo Forrest Field Lake, Lake Nillahcootie, Lakeside Pakenham, Lilydale Lake, Yarrambat Lake

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.


Freshwater Eels

While not my personal favourite a lot of folks love them.

Freshwater Eels – usually the Short-finned Eel around Melbourne, are a part of freshwater fishing life.


Submit A Fishing Report

Submit A Fishing Report
Separate each species with commas. Eg: Flathead, Snapper, Whiting
Separate each species with commas. Eg: Spinners, Soft Plastic, Gulp Sandworm, Corn, Pilchards, Prawns
Include any relevant info. The Bait or lures you were using. The time of day etc.

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.