Fishing Lagoon Pier

Lagoon Pier is known to produce fish all year round.  Because it’s so close to the city it can get busy at times. I’ve tended to catch smaller flathead…

Lagoon Pier is known to produce fish all year round.  Because it’s so close to the city it can get busy at times.

I’ve tended to catch smaller flathead and pinkies here.  Most I returned to the water, a few were of legal size.  Some fishos report catching bream, mullet, salmon and trevally.

The pier can be a good spot for calamari at times.

Fish Lagoon Pier light.  Standard spinning rod of 8′ to 9′ in length.


I’ve found the fish tend to start biting here on the tide change.  Like many pier fishing locations on Port Phillip Bay, strong wind conditions tend to see an increase in snapper catches.

Fishing Lagoon Pier

There’s a lot of rocks, so you need to cast out a bit further to avoid snagging your line on them.

For this reason, I tend to use a paternoster rig at Lagoon pier – along with a break-off sinker that I fasten with a cut-down hairclip.

I also tend to fish with lighter tackle, no more than a 10lb mainline, up to 15 to 20lb leader.

A whiting style paternoster rig makes a good all-round rig on these kinds of piers in my opinion.

A spinning rod with a length of around 8′ to 9′ is ideal.  Some fishos recommend a running sinker.  I personally prefer a paternoster rig here.

Soft plastics work well as lures. You can try a variety of retrieval techniques, as well as “bait and waitfishing with sandworm or prawn soft-plastics set up on a standard paternoster rig.

As with all fishing, berley is your friend at Lagoon Pier. Breadcrumbs, tuna oil, chicken, garlic, aniseed all make good ingredients for your berley.

Good baits include pilchards, whitebait, prawns, sandworm, pippies and chicken.

Snapper and pinkies are more likely on the rising and high tide.  While the low tide and running out seems to be when flathead’s on.

Note – the restriction on two fishing lines only here.

Target Fish Species

You could easily focus your efforts at Lagoon Pier by choosing one of the most common species:

Fish SpeciesSuggested Bait
Flathead
Flathead
All Year Round. Can be more sluggish during cooler months.
Often more active between late September and March.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Chicken Liver, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Nippers, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets
Black Bream
Black Bream
All Year Round.
Can become less active during Winter. Activity picking up late August. Active during warmer months.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Crabs, Earthworms, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Whitebait
Australian Salmon
Australian Salmon
All Year Round
Common for schools to move through, chopping up the water before moving on. Can be common during cooler months.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets
Garfish
Garfish
All Year Round.
Often targeted during July to August in Port Phillip & Western Port Bay

Whiting
Whiting
November to April
Known to migrate from Victoria to South Australia during cooler months.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait
Mullet
Mullet
All Year Round.
Can sometimes be the only game in town during cooler weather.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Earthworms, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Squid Tentacles
Pinky Snapper
Pinky Snapper
All Year Round. But much more prevalent during warmer months.
October through to March.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Pilchards, Pipis, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets
Snapper
Snapper
Later September to end of March.
Adult specimens often come closer towards shore to feed on reefs during rougher weather.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Crabs, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets
Squid
Squid
All Year Round. Best fished when waters are clear with little turbulence.
Top times can be during June to September.

Squid Jig

*Some fish species vary according to time of year and local environmental conditions.

Lagoon Pier Bait & Tackle Selection

My choice here is a paternoster rig. For smaller fish like flathead, bream and pinkies this is ideal. Using a variety of baits including pilchards, whitebait, bluebait, squid tentacles or chicken. A Whiting Rig is ideal for this.

For larger snapper a snapper rig is a good choice, baited up with pilchards and/or squid tentacles.

For Calamari I’ve found a darker squid jig with some fluorescent striping or patches to work well. Including black, dark reds etc with vivid green and blue floro’s.

Address

Address: Lagoon Pier, Victoria, Australia
Lat: -37.8449759
Lng: 144.9399484
Proximity: 5.9 km from Melbourne's GPO

Location Review & Rating


Pros

  • Close and easy access from around Melbourne
  • Family-friendly  - children under strict supervision
  • Good range of fish habitats and fish species
  • In the right conditions, you can target big Snapper
  • In clear, calm conditions Squid fishing can be productive.

Cons

  • Parking good, but can work out expensive during the day. 
  • Difficult to get on hot summer days.
  • Toilets unpredictable.  Usually OK, but sometimes rancid.
  • Surrounding roads get pretty busy during peak hour.

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Summary

Lagoon Pier is a great spot for some land-based fishing close to Melbourne.

A good selection of fish species is regularly caught here.

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Dave
Dave

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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!

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