Mordialloc Creek Fishing

For catch and release bream fishing Mordialloc Creek is awesome! However, I would not recommend eating the fish you catch here. The creek has a long history of pollution in the water.

A lot of folks fish for bream in the estuary of Mordialloc Creek.  I have to say – I’m not one of them.

My reluctance stems from the condition of the water in the creek estuary system.  It really isn’t always great.

Thing is – a lot of petroleum by-products make their way down the creek from further upstream at times. Along with paint products and other chemicals.

It’s a real shame as it is a beautiful location and very, very accessible.

Mordialloc Creek Fishing For Bream

However – there’s no question the pollution doesn’t seem to affect the Bream biting.  So if you’re into catch and release then fishing Mordialloc Creek offers some fine sport at times.

The creek area mostly fished runs adjacent to the car park to the mouth, level with where the Mordialloc Pier begins.

There’s one interesting fishing technique that you’ll at Mordialloc Creek.  A method that you don’t see in too many other places around Melbourne.  It is the long European rods.

These rods often have no reel.  The line affixes directly to the rod butt and the rod. Often telescopic.  It is extended out over the water – rather than cast.  These rods can be anywhere from 10 to 18 foot long.  They do in fact catch fish with them too!

However, most folks are probably going to use a standard spinning rod up to 9′ in length.

Fishing Mordialloc Creek: Fish Species

If you’re targetting bream – with a by-catch of mullet, then the chicken is always a great bait.  Along with pipis, prawns and even whitebait.

Flathead will be happy enough to accept the same baits on the same rigs when they are present in the estuary.

Keep your sinkers light.  Try a running sinker or a paternoster rig.  Light lines are essential.  You shouldn’t need more than 4 to 6lb’s here.

For catch and release bream fishing Mordialloc Creek is awesome!  However, I would not recommend eating the fish you catch here. The creek has a long history of pollution in the water.

Some folks use a float  – and very effectively too!   The flow of the creek isn’t strong, though this will vary with some tides and weather conditions.  A good choice is a pencil float or a feeder float.

It’s also ideal for soft plastics.  Paddle-tails being excellent, in a variety of colours.

While I see very few people doing it, on Mordialloc Creek, I found it is important you use berley to bring the fish into you. Especially when you’re fishing with a crowd of other anglers.  Bream, for example, are going to frequently be found under moored boats.  So getting them to venture out and find your bait requires some attraction. Go for a cloud type berley. Slowly dispersing if possible, rather than just tossing it out there. A berley cage attached to your rig is ideal for this.

Other people suggest using sand worms, maggots and earth worms. But I have found chicken breast, with a bit of secret sauce added, out performs these baits when fishing mordialloc creek.

Fish Species Suggested Bait
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
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

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

Mordialloc Creek Fishing Tips

  • Fish for Bream, Mullet, Flathead & Pinky Snapper.
  • Use a light line. 4kg to 6kg recommended.
  • Good baits: chicken, pippis, worms, maggots, soft plastic lures.
  • Use a berley cage with finely ground berley on your line for good results.
  • Family-friendly. Paid parking. Toilets and kiosk.
  • Around 40 mins from Melbourne CBD
  • Catch & Release recommended due to creek water pollution.

Map & Location

Address: Mordialloc Pier, 21 Pier Rd, Mordialloc VIC 3195, Australia
Lat: -38.009841720998
Lng: 145.08499795239
Proximity: 26km from Melbourne via Nepean Highway

Location Review & Rating


  • Close and easy access via Nepean Highway
  • Family-friendly  - children under strict supervision
  • Good range of fish habitats and fish species


  • Parking good, but can work out expensive during the day.
  • Toilets unpredictable.  Sometimes fair - sometimes rancid.
  • Can be a gathering point for youth gangs and evidence of drug use at times in toilets and scrub areas along the foreshore.
  • Creek polluted, so avoid eating fish taken from the creek - catches from the pier are fine

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I've rated Mordialloc Creek 5 stars in fishability because it certainly produces Bream consistently.

However, the often seen oil slicks on the river tend to make eating what you catch, in my opinion, not an option.

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