Fishing Victoria’s Estuaries

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Victorian estuaries are great fishing environments.

From the far south-west coast, the central region with the Yarra and Maribyrnong, the massive Lakes Entrance and surrounding waterways. Capped off with river and creeks across to the far eastern border.


The Lakes Entrance waterway is notable as Victoria’s largest estuary system.

See the Fishing Victoria’s Estuaries FAQ

Mordialloc Creek Fishing

Mordialloc Creek Fishing

26km from Melbourne via Nepean Highway

A lot of folks fish for bream in the estuary of Mordialloc Creek.  I have to say – I’m not… Read More

Fishing Port Melbourne – Easy Access, 10 Mins From City

Fishing Port Melbourne – Easy Access, 10 Mins From City

5.9 km from Melbourne's GPO

Port Melbourne is the closest Port Phillip Bay fishing to the city. Many of the local fishing spots are… Read More

The Warmies – “If the stack’s blowing… I know where I’m going!”

The Warmies – “If the stack’s blowing… I know where I’m going!”

14.6 km from Melbourne's GPO via M1

The Warmies is considered to be one of the finest spots for fishing in Melbourne, by many. While it’s technically… Read More

Fishing Werribee South

Fishing Werribee South

40 km from Melbourne via Princess Highway

Fishing Werribee River Entrance Fishing Tips Werribee South offers a pier on the estuary, a boat ramp and beach… Read More

Werribee South Pier Fishing

Werribee South Pier Fishing

40 km from Melbourne via Princess Highway

Fishing the Werribee South Pier (on the Werribee River Estuary) can be a challenge in the early part of the… Read More

Yarra Estuary Port Melbourne Fishing

Yarra Estuary Port Melbourne Fishing

5.9 km from Melbourne's GPO

The Yarra Estuary on the Port Melbourne side of the river is a good spot to take the kids. Good catches of bream, mullet and pinky snapper. Read More

Fishing Victoria’s Estuaries FAQ

What fish species are found in Victorian Estuaries?

By far the most sought after fish species in the Black Bream. 

However, catches of mullet, flathead, Australian Salmon, Pinky SnapperPinky Snapper Pinky SnapperThe 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
, Tommy Rough, Whiting and even Squid (Calamari) are very uncommon.

Larger species include the Mulloway – not a common catch but targetted by many anglers hoping for a powerful fighting fish.

By-catch species include the puffer fish or “toady.”  While they may seem like a nuisance they are an essential species to the ecosystem and are 100% protected in Australian waters.  So they must be returned, unharmed, into the water as quickly as possible.

What tackle should I use in a Victorian Estuary?

Generally lighter tackle works better in most estuary systems – unless targetting species such as Mulloway.

So a 2000 to 4000 sized reel on a 6 to a 9-foot rod is generally correct.

Light lines under 10lb are preferable, with a leader if desired.

PaternosterPaternoster Rig Paternoster Rig rigs are common, though a running sinkerRunning Sinker Running Sinker can be effective as well.

What are good baits for Victorian Estuaries?

Estuary baits include whitebait, pilchards, squid, octopus, pipis, sandworms, prawns, chicken and even earthworms.
Lures, particularly soft plasticsSoft Plastic Lure Soft Plastic Lures, work extremely well in Victorian estuaries.
Many anglers deploy float systems to suspend their bait and this method can be very effective.