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 variety of marine life.
While care should be taken eating fish caught in Melbourne metropolitan creeks the regional and country creeks are usually very clean. Often pristine.
Fish species in our creeks include Trout, Redfin, Eels, European Carp and many smaller native species.
So the variety of species available in creek fishing can be quite broad.
See the Fishing Victorian Creeks FAQ
Fishing Victorian Creeks FAQ
Creeks are nearly always narrow waterways. The exception being where they meet the sea in an estuary system where they can broaden out.
Because of this they are often relatively shallow and can have a lot more overhanging branches and scrub.
Generally smaller tackle is appropriate. Shorter rods – 6-foot up to 9-foot being the max. Generally the shorter the better.
In freshwater species include imports such as redfin, European carp and trout.
Native species include Murray Cod, Yellowbelly, Blackfish, eels and catfish.
In creek estuaries, bream and mullet are common catches.
While whiting, salmon and even pinky snapperPinky Snapper The name "Pinky Snapper" refers to the immature Snapper. Their skin colour is different from adults (its pinker.)
Adulthood is usually considered on fish greater than 40cm - or in the 1.5 to 2kg - range, with darker red colouration.
Pinky Snapper Pre-Tied Rigs can be caught at times.