Where To Fish In Victoria

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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 the Victorian fishing resources below.

 See the Fishing Victoria FAQ
Beaches – Great Fishing Victorian Spots

Beaches – Great Fishing Victorian Spots

What fish species can be caught from Victorian Beaches?

Species such as flathead, garfish, squid (calamari), whiting,…

Total Fishing Spots: 3
Boat Hire Fishing In Victoria

Boat Hire Fishing In Victoria

Make Sure The Boat Hire Company Have Insurance & Meet Required Statutory Approval?

Make sure the boat hire company…

Total Fishing Spots: 1
Boat Ramps Melbourne & Victoria

Boat Ramps Melbourne & Victoria

Do you have to pay fees to use boat ramps in Victoria?

As of October 2019, public boat…

Total Fishing Spots: 7
Fishing Victoria’s Estuaries

Fishing Victoria’s Estuaries

What fish species are found in Victorian Estuaries?

By far the most sought after fish species in the Black…

Total Fishing Spots: 6
Fishing Victorian Creeks

Fishing Victorian Creeks

What kind of fishing tackle should I use to fish creeks?

Creeks are nearly always narrow waterways.  The exception…

Total Fishing Spots: 1
Fishing Victorian Rivers

Fishing Victorian Rivers

What fish can I catch in Victorian Rivers?

Sadly one of the most prolific fish species in Victorian rivers…

Total Fishing Spots: 5
Freshwater

Freshwater

What Freshwater Fish Can I Catch In Victoria?

Victorian freshwater fish include many native and introduced species.

In…

Total Fishing Spots: 2
Melbourne Fishing

Melbourne Fishing

What type of fishing can you do around Melbourne?

From the beautiful Port Phillip Bay.  The large tidal…

Total Fishing Spots: 25
Pier Fishing Melbourne & Victoria

Pier Fishing Melbourne & Victoria

What fish species can be caught from Victorian piers?

Most piers are found on saltwater bays, estuaries and…

Total Fishing Spots: 12
Port Phillip Bay Fishing Spots

Port Phillip Bay Fishing Spots

What fish occur in Port Phillip Bay?

Port Phillip Bay fish species are as abundant as they are…

Total Fishing Spots: 27
Rock Walls

Rock Walls

What kind of fish can be caught off Victoria’s Rock Walls?

Most rock walls are located off coastal ocean…

Total Fishing Spots: 4
Saltwater

Saltwater

What Kind Of Saltwater Fishing Environments Exist In Victoria?

Victoria offers saltwater fishing in our bays, inlets and…

Total Fishing Spots: 30

Fishing Victoria FAQ

What Are The Fees For Boat Ramps In Victoria?

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 species is Snapper.  Both 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 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, YabbiesYabby YabbyThe "yabby" is an Australian freshwater crustacean, similar to the "crawdad" found in the United States.
They are actually very good eating when prepared properly, while making an excellent bait for native and introduced species such as Murray Cod, Yellowbelly, Redfin etc.
The most productive method of catching yabbies is via a net, available from tackle stores.  In recent years the "opera house net" has been banned in some states (including Victoria) due to their design being a drowning trap for turtles and platypus.  Approved nets protect these creatures from becoming trapped while allowing yabbies to remain in the net.
(similar to the Crawfish found in the USA).

Do You Require A License To Fish In Victoria?

A current fishing license is required in order to fish in Victoria.  There are some exceptions such 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 VFA website.

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

Some Victorian waters contain 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 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.
The 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 – 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.