So the variety of species available in creek fishing can be quite broad.
While care should be taken eating fish caught in Melbourne metropolitan creeks the regional and country waterways are usually very clean. Often pristine.
Fish species in our creeks include Trout, Redfin, Eels, European Carp and many smaller native species.
Creek Fishing Locations
Victorian Creeks: Fishing FAQ
Creeks are nearly always narrow waterways. The exception being where they meet the sea in an estuary system where they can broaden out.
Many are permanent and semi-permanent. Others are dry, with water flowing only after rains. Permanent creeks are more likely to be successful for fishing, for obvious reasons.
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.
Eels are surprisingly common in suburban creeks around Melbourne. I used to meet a lot of people, decades ago now, who used to target and eat eels. This seems to be less common now. Frequently they’d pickle their catch. Though extreme care must be taken handling eels as their teeth are razor sharp and they’re not afraid to use them. They are also able to live out of the water for extended periods.
In creek estuaries, bream and mullet are common catches.
While whiting, salmon and even pinky snapper can be caught at times.