Summer Victoria – Great Fishing Locations 2021

Estuary Fishing Locations In Victoria

Estuary fishing in Victorian offers some great angling 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…

Estuary fishing in Victorian offers some great angling 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.

6 Fantastic Estuary Fishing Locations In Victoria

Powlett River Fishing Kilcunda

Fishing The Powlett River Estuary [Plus Podcast] 🎧

October 30, 2020
The Powlett River Estuary, five minutes from the township of Kilcunda, is often blocked to the sea. Causing it to form a wide, shallow lake.

bourne creek kilcunda

Bourne Creek Kilcunda

October 14, 2020
Bourne Creek is shallow, fails to flow to the sea and is not really fishable. However, it is located on the spectacular Kilcunda surf beach

Fishing Werribee South River Entrance

Fishing Werribee South River Entrance

October 29, 2020
Werribee South offers a pier on the estuary, Werribee South Boat Ramp more fishing at the Werribee South beach. As well as the adjacent Wyndham

The Warmies Newport

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

October 29, 2020
The Warmies is considered to be one of the finest spots for fishing in Melbourne, by many. I've got to admit I love fishing the

Yarra Estuary Port Melbourne Fishing

Yarra River Estuary Port Melbourne Fishing

October 29, 2020
The Yarra Estuary on the Port Melbourne side of the river is a good spot to take the kids fishing. Generally, I stick to the

Mordialloc Creek Fishing

Mordialloc Creek Fishing

October 29, 2020
For catch and release bream fishing Mordialloc Creek is awesome! However, I would not recommend eating the fish you catch here. The creek has a long history of pollution in the water.

Estuary Fishing Reports

Black Bream Fishing Reports
Final October 2020 Fishing Report
Fish Species: Black Bream, Dusky Flathead, Estuary Perch, Flathead
Fishing Hotspots: Aire River, Bemm River, Lake Tyers, Port Albert
Top Bait/Lures: , Bent Minnow Lures
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October Fishing Report Melbourne Estuary Fishing
First October Fishing Report, Melbourne & Victoria
Fish Species: Black Bream
Fishing Hotspots: Flemington, Maribyrnong River
Top Bait/Lures: Chicken,
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Estuary FAQ

What Is Estuary Fishing?

Flathead Estuary FishingEstuary Fishing refers to fishing within the area where a river, creek or lake meets the ocean for fish species that live in – or move in and out of estuaries. This zone is often salty and rarely has purely freshwater species. Some estuary species can tolerate levels of high salinity and/or low salinity (such as freshwater.) Many species use estuaries as nurseries where they lay their eggs and their offspring grow up in the estuarine environment. Moving out into the bays and oceans as they reach maturity.

One of the largest estuary fishing spots in Australia is the Gippsland Lakes system. While Port Phillip Bay naturally operates as a form of massive estuary due to its limited opening, of two kilometres, to the ocean (Bass Straight).

What fish species are found in Victorian Estuaries?

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

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

Larger species include the Mulloway – not a common catch but targeted 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 Estuary Fishing Rods & Line Should I Use?

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 10 lb are preferable, with a leader if desired.

What Estuary Fishing Rigs Should I Use?

Paternoster RigFor most species, a paternoster rig makes a great all-round multi-species fishing rig for use in estuaries.

This rig will work well for most common estuary species such as Bream, Mullet, Flathead, Tommy Rough and even Pinky Snapper.

Avoid the kind they sell in some stores with the wire traces. These rigs will consistently do one thing – fail to catch you fish.
The reason being they sink to the bottom, along with your bait. Stick to monofilament leaders in an estuary system.

However, when there is thick weed a paternoster rig will tend to foul up quickly.
In these instances a running sinker rigged weedless, can be more effective.

Running SinkerA running sinker with a single hook will work best.

The sinker should move freely above the hook.

But stop short enough of the hook itself as to not offer the fish a lump of lead.

What’s The Best Bait For Estuary Fishing?

The best bait for estuary fishing is nearly always what the fish are eating when you are there fishing. Often called “matching the hatch.” So, choose your bait according to what you observe to the best of your ability. If baitfish are visible then choosing whitebait, bluebait or pilchards pieces may work well.

If you observe prawns moving amongst reeds or weeds then choosing prawns is a great choice.

Many estuary species will willingly take earthworms after heavy rains. That’s because the worms get washed into the estuary system during heavy rain. So choosing earthworms after a heavy rain event can be very effective.

What Are The Best Lures For Estuary Fishing?

As with bait the best lure will depend on the conditions in the estuary and what food is currently available. If you observe baitfish schooling try casting baitfish replicas like softplactics, hardbody etc. The same goes for when prawns are active. This is often called “fishing the hatch.”

What are good baits for Victorian Estuaries?

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



I'm Dave, I live and fish in and around Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
When it comes to fishing I love going out to land-based fishing spots, heading out in the tinny (aka an Aluminum Boat) and kayak fishing.

I've been fishing since I was a teen. Beginning way back in the 1970s. It was a hobby I picked up myself as my family certainly had no interest. Making me the black sheep! My favourite fish is Flathead and Snapper. Though I'm partial to Flake (Gummy Shark) and Calamari too! While I enjoy fishing for freshwater species like Redfin and Murray Cod I prefer eating saltwater species. They're just so mouth-wateringly tasty!

I love writing about some of my favourite Melbourne Fishing Spots while fishing around Victoria. As well as the tackle I use and test.
If you see me while you're out fishing say "G' day" - I'll be the one in a bush hat.

When I'm not fishing I'm working on my websites, such as Getfished, or writing computer software (my profession.)

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