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 were 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. The Dusky Flathead – Platycephalus fuscus – is most common from the Gippsland Lakes and northwards along the coast.

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 land-based 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.


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

Port Phillip Bay Hotspots: Clifton Springs, Werribee South Beach,

Western Port Bay Hotspots: Tooradin Channel, Tooradin Channel,

Estuary Hotspots: Bemm River,

Flathead Fishing Report Videos

Recommended Flathead Fishing Rigs

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.