Melbourne: Flathead Fishing Reports – Autumn 2021

Melbourne Flathead Fishing Reports.

But not just Melbourne.  The wider Victorian region as well.  Including Port Phillip Bay, Western Port Bay, The Gippsland Lakes and more.

You can fish all year for Flathead in Victoria.  Though they are a lot less active during Winter in my experience.  Starting to fire off mid to late September through to early April.

Scientific Name: Platycephalus sp*

Melbourne Flathead Fishing Reports are increasing each year. For some time, after the big bay dredge, reports where down.

The Flathead is the third most popular fish in Victoria according to the Vic Fisheries department.

One thing is for certain. How we target flathead has certainly changed.

When I was a kid it was natural bait that was more common than anything else in flatty fishing. My choice was usually prawns or whitebait.

Fast forward to the 2020s and Soft Plastics are without a doubt the tool of choice for flathead fishing.

The most common flathead species caught around Melbourne are the Southern Bluespotted Flathead (also called the Yanky Flathead) Platycephalus caeruleopunctatus. With the Dusky Flathead – Platycephalus fuscus – being most common from the Gippsland Lakes and northwards along the coast from there.

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

Total Flathead Fishing Catches Reported From Victoria

A lot of flathead reports around Melbourne tend to come from boaties and kayak fisho’s in recent years.

While smaller landbased catches from the Yarra and Maribyrnong River Estuaries being reasonably common.

Western Port Bay and the Gippsland Lakes tend to receive the bulk of reports.

I’m hoping flathead are making a comeback in Port Phillip Bay – and there are signs that this is the case. Slowly….

Flathead Fishing Catches
October Flathead Fishing Catches*: 2.70%
Reported Bait/Lures:  
*Catches: Percentage of all fish species Reported to Getfished.

Recent Flathead Fishing Hotspots Map

Port Phillip Bay Hotspots: Clifton Springs, Werribee South Beach,
Western Port Bay Hotspots: Tooradin Channel, Tooradin Channel,
Estuary Hotspots: Bemm River,
Misc Saltwater Hotspots:


Clifton Springs


Werribee South Beach


Tooradin Channel


Outside Port Phillip Heads




Tooradin Channel


Bemm River

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While there’s nothing wrong with soaking bait for flathead – I’m going to recommend you try soft plastic lures.


Because they seem to take more flatties in 2021 than just about anything else!

If you look at videos of successful flathead fisho’s – both in Victoria and interstate – the ZMan Slim Swimz seems to really do well with flatties.

It’s not the only one that works. Squidgies and Gulp all account for fish. But the Motor Oil and Red Watermelon Slim Swimz from ZMan really work.

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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.