Fishing Reports

In early December 2020, I managed to severely injure my right leg on the boat trailer. Resulting in multiple surgeries, infection and a skin graft.

As I was hospitalized for most of this time and still undergoing rehabilitation I have been unable to update fishing reports.

I am working on resolving this and publishing will be resumed by July 2021.

Dave

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.


Fishing Reports 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 Fishing Reports


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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.


Fishing Reports Black 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


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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 Mornington Pier. Plus a lot of boat and kayak anglers consistently do well with squid fishing.

Check out our dedicated Squid Report Page.


Fishing Reports King George 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.


Fishing Reports Flathead

Flathead Fishing Reports

Flathead is one of the most popular Aussie fish species. Right after Snapper and Whiting

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.


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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.  


European Carp

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. 

European Carp Season: All year round in Victoria


Redfin (English Perch)

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

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 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.