Autumn 2021

Victoria – Great Fishing Locations

Victoria, Australia offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities. Both native and introduced species. While a lot of Victorian saltwater fishing takes place in and around Port Phillip and Western Port Bays there are many other coastal and freshwater fishing spots worth investigating.

Victoria, Australia offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities.  Both native and introduced species.

While a lot of Victorian saltwater fishing takes place in and around Port Phillip and Western Port Bays there are many other coastal and freshwater fishing spots worth investigating.

Browse some of the best fishing spots in Victoria below. You can also check out our  Fishing Victoria FAQ

Autumn Fishing In Victoria

Autumn Temperatures, in waters such as Port Phillip and Western Port Bays, range from an average of 17.3 c in March down to 14 – 15 c degrees by the end of the season.

Some species, such as Snapper and Whiting are generally past their Summer peak in Autumn.  So, while catches are still common they become less so as the season progresses.  Whiting begins their migration to Western Victoria and South Australian waters where they breed.

As the water cools, depending on the year’s over-all weather, fish activity begins to drop.  Species such as flathead can become a little harder to catch (though still in good numbers) while Bream continue on for many months.  Species such as Australian Salmon and Tailor and Gummy Sharks continue in good numbers.  Garfish start coming onto the bite in many places.  While squid remains plentiful.  Particularly if the water remains clear from estuary flooding outflows.

By the end of April and into May the risk of hypothermia if immersed in the water becomes high and the onset is very quick.  For this reason, it is strongly recommended that small craft boaties and kayakers “dress for immersion.”  That means thermal clothing (not wool or cotton) designed as layers that wick away moisture are strongly recommended.

Autumn Saltwater Species

  • Snapper - Adult & Pinky
  • Flathead
  • Whiting
  • Bream
  • Gummy Sharks
  • School Sharks
  • Yellow Tail Kingfish
  • Australian Salmon
  • Tailor
  • Tommy Rough
  • Garfish
  • Calamari (Squid)

Autumn Freshwater Species

  • Murray Cod Season Open
  • Redfin
  • Brown Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Chinook Salmon
  • Golden Perch/Yellow Belly
  • Eels
  • European Carp

Fishing Locations In Victoria

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Fishing Victorian Rivers

September 3, 2020
Victoria's rivers range from the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers around Melbourne. The Werribee River to the south-west and the mighty inland rivers that include the Ovens, Goulburn and Campaspe. With the Victorian border of NSW being divided by the Murray River.

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Victorian Lakes Fishing

September 3, 2020
Victoria offers some fantastic lake fishing. From Murray Cod & Yellow Belly to Trout, Redfin and Chinook Salmon! Plus the Gippsland Lakes offer estuary fishing for Dusky flathead, whiting and Bream. Lakes give you fantastic land-based, small boat & kayak fishing opportunities!

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Rock Walls

September 3, 2020
Some of the best Victorian land-based fishing is to be had from rock walls. These are usually man-made structures, often forming protective harbours for boats.

Land Based Fishing Melbourne

Land-Based Fishing Melbourne

September 3, 2020
Land-based fishing locations around Melbourne provide those without a boat a great way to catch fish. From saltwater to freshwater Melbourne offers some great options. Many are less than an hours drive from the city.

Melbourne Fishing

Best Melbourne Fishing Locations

October 29, 2020
Where To Fish In Melbourne Fishing around Melbourne includes the fantastic Port Phillip Bay, nearby Western Port Bay, the Yarra, Marrybinong and their tributaries. When fisho’s

Fishing Victorias Estuaries Estuaries

Estuary Fishing Locations In Victoria

October 29, 2020
Estuary fishing in Victorian offers some great angling environments. From the far south-west coast, the central region with the Yarra and Maribyrnong, the massive Lakes

Fishing Victorian Creeks

Fishing Victorian Creeks

September 3, 2020
Creeks offer a wide variety of habitats across Melbourne and Victoria. While we think of them as “freshwater” some are also estuary systems supporting a

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Victoria Fishing Boat Hire

October 29, 2020
The Melbourne region, including Port Phillip and Western Port Bays, have a number of “drive yourself” boat hire options. Some of these companies offer boat

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Great Beach Fishing Locations In Victoria

October 29, 2020
Victoria’s beach locations are some of the finest in the world. For the most part, they are composed of small grain sand.  This makes them very

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Freshwater Fishing Locations In Victoria

October 29, 2020
Freshwater fishing in Victoria includes a wide variety of habitats and climate zones. From cool mountain streams to mighty inland rivers to broad estuaries emptying

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Saltwater Fishing Locations

October 29, 2020
Victorian saltwater fishing includes a number of unique environments and local fish species. Fishing for snapper is almost synonymous with Port Phillip and Western Port bays.

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Piers - Land-based Victorian Fishing Hotspots

October 29, 2020
Piers offer some of the best Autumn fishing in Melbourne (and Victoria), for land-based anglers. Much of the closest is to be had around Port Phillip

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Port Phillip Bay Fishing

October 29, 2020
Port Phillip Bay is one of the largest inland seas in the Southern Hemisphere.  Connected to Bass Straight and the associated Southern Ocean. This beautiful

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Boat Ramps Melbourne & Victoria

September 3, 2020
There are a number of public boat ramps around Melbourne and the wider area of Victoria.  These are located on the bays and inlets as well as

Vic Fishing FAQ

What Are The Fees For Boat Ramps In Vic?

As of October 1st 2019, all public boat ramps and associated trailer parking areas are free in Victoria.
Some private boat ramps will charge a fee at their discretion.

What Are The Most Common Fish People Target In Vic?

One of the most popular saltwater Vic species is Snapper. An excellent fighting and table fish. After that, there are several species of flathead and whiting. As well as gummy shark, snook, blue-fin tuna, Australian Salmon and Tailor.

In the saltwater targeting Squid (Calamari) is popular.

In freshwater Vic anglers often target introduced species such as Brown and Rainbow Trout, Redfin (English Perch) and the perennial pest – the European Carp.

Native freshwater species include the ubiquitous Murray Cod, Yellow Belly and native catfish.

Some anglers target the elusive river Blackfish. Many seek freshwater crayfish and their distant, smaller cousins, Yabbies (similar to the Crawfish found in the USA).

Do You Require A License To Fish In Victoria?

as persons under 18, persons over 70, aged and disability pensioners and indigenous persons.
For complete details – and/or to obtain a license online please see the Vic Fisheries VFA website.

Are there any dangerous, poisonous or venomous fish around Vic?

Some Victorian waters contain fish species that are considered dangerous – or require care when handling.

Certain shark species such as White Pointers occur in some waters, particularly in areas with seal populations and many Vic ocean beaches. They are not often seen in Port Phillip or Western Port bays. Smaller shark species can, however, pose a threat, so care should be taken.
Shark species such as gummy sharks are harmless.

Many of the stingray species can inflict serious and fatal injuries.

Many target species have sharp spines that can cause significant damage. Species such as flathead have spines on their gill plates that contain a mild venom – so care should be taken handling them. Flathead is, however, perfectly safe to eat – and are very tasty.

blue ringed octopusThe toad-fish – or pufferfish – is extremely toxic to eat.

The blue-ringed octopus, while very small in size, has a bite that contains a powerful venom and is extremely dangerous.

Note that while many of these creatures – such as pufferfish and blue-ringed octopus – may be undesirable by-catches they are in fact all protected species and must be left unharmed. If caught they are required by law to be returned safely and as quickly as possible to the water.

In Recreational Fishing Victoria What Fishing Equipment Is Illegal?

The following are fishing equipment is illegal to use or possess (in or next to) Victorian Waters.

You may not use bows, arrows, guns or other firearms. You may not use explosives.

Nor do Victorian Fishing Regulations allow you to trawl with a net behind a powered watercraft or boat.

Set lines, Snares, Snoods are also prohibited.

The use of Open top lift nets is illegal in marine waters. The same applies to Mesh nets/cast nets.

Mussel rakes, Harpoons and Crab pots must not be used.

Opera house nets (often used for Yabbying) are illegal in Victoria. This law was introduced due Opera House Nets Banned In Victoriato the death toll on unintended catches like Platypus, Turtles etc. These species fall foul of this net design and drown.

Opera house nets are illegal in public and private waters. This includes private dams – regardless of who owns the said dam.

What is the Fishing Season Victoria?

There is no specific fishing season in Victoria. Fishing, in general, can be undertaken all year round.

However, certain species such as Murray Cod and Trout have their seasons limited by law. These open and closed seasons help manage fish stocks and ensure sustainable fishing.

The warmer months, October through to March, are considered to be the peak season for fishing in Victoria. These are largely due to the climate conditions during winter driving many target species to migrate or become less active during colder weather.

Victorian Fish SeasonsIt’s true that fishing during colder weather can be less than comfortable, compared to warmer seasons.

However, many fishing pursuits come alive during the colder months. This includes surf fishing for Australian Salmon. Garfish off piers etc.

As the weather grows warmer many popular fish species, such as snapper, tend to move into place such as Port Phillip & Western Port Bays.

This usually starts to occur late September with numbers increasing through October and November.

Where Can I Go Inland Fishing In Victoria?

There are a number of inland fishing hotspots in Victoria.

Most of these are freshwater and include rivers such as the Yarra, Goulburn, Campaspe and Murray.

Major freshwater fishing lakes include Eildon, Eppalock and Nagambie. With the Murray River offering Lakes Hume and Mulwala.

Inland Fishing In Victoria includes some estuaries, too. The Gippsland lakes stretch sufficiently inland to be considered such. Offering a wealth of land-based, boat and kayak fishing opportunties.

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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.