Victoria, Australia offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities. Both native and introduced species.
See the Fishing Victoria FAQ
Browse the Victorian fishing resources below.
Fishing Victoria FAQ
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.
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 The "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).
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.
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.