Top 5 Victorian Freshwater Fishing Spots

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Top 5 Victorian Freshwater Fishing Spots Overview

Ever wanted to know some inside information on where people choose to go freshwater fishing in Victoria?

Of course, you do!

In 2018 the Victorian Fisheries Authority conducted a survey of state fishing licence holders.

Let’s see if we can dig down into this “inside” freshwater fishing information…

Top 5 Victorian Freshwater Fishing Spots

They crunched the numbers from 10,314 respondents to the survey.

They found the top 5 most popular Victorian freshwater fishing locations were (drumroll):

Murray River (NSW), Lake Eildon, Goulburn River, Yarra River and  Lake Eppalock.

In the tabs to the right, you’ll find some of the data they found.

Getfished has put it into a quick view chart.

A grid showing how far you need to drive

Finally, the top spots have been placed on a map.

For the latest info check out our Fishing Reports Page.


LocationPercentageFrom Melbourne
Murray River (NSW)27.2%223 km
Lake Eildon24.7%235 km
Goulburn River17.6%115 km
Yarra River10.8%6.9 km
Lake Eppalock8.6%128 km
Top 5 Victorian Freshwater Fishing Spots Top 5 Victorian Freshwater Fishing Spots Map
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Top 5 Victorian Freshwater Fishing Species

Top 5 Victorian Freshwater Fishing Spots Top 5 Victorian Freshwater Fish Species Chart

Let’s face it. Life can be pretty tough for the freshwater fishing weekend warrior fisho.

Not only have we got to work out where to go fishing – but we’ve also got to work out what to go fishing for.

Yes. These things are sent to try our mortal fishing existence.

The experts tell us to go out targetting a specific freshwater fish.

Rather than try and catch anything. Thus improving our chances of success.

But, which fish?

Starting out with a list of the most popular freshwater fish in Victorian rivers, creeks and lakes would be a good place to start.

Right?

So, Getfished is going to help you with that.

So, Getfished is going to help you with that.

Thanks to the state’s very own Victorian Fisheries Authority and their helpful survey of license holders.

Let’s take a captain cook at the results…

After surveying 10,314 fishos, their results give us an insight into the top 5 most popular Victorian freshwater fish.

Which are:

Murray cod, Rainbow trout, Brown trout, Redfin and  Golden perch (Yellow Belly).

We’ve compiled these into tabs containing a handy chart.

A table with photos of the species.

Plus a tab dedicated to our own recommendations for bait you can try for each fish.

It is available in the tabs to your right of this text (above on a mobile device).

SpeciesBait
Murray Cod Suggested Bait

Murray cod

Hard Bodied Lure , Yabby , Scrub Worm ,
Bardi Grub , Cheese , Chicken ,
Freshwater Shrimp
Rainbow Trout Suggested Bait

Rainbow trout

Hard Bodied Lure , Freshwater Shrimp , Yabby ,
Crickets , Chicken , Scrub Worm
Brown Trout Suggested Bait

Brown trout

Hard Bodied Lure , Freshwater Shrimp , Yabby ,
Chicken , Scrub Worm
Redfin Suggested Bait

Redfin

Hard Bodied Lure , Yabby , Chicken ,
Scrub Worm , Bardi Grub , Freshwater Shrimp
Golden Perch (Yellow Belly) Suggested Bait

Golden perch (Yellow Belly)

Yabby , Freshwater Shrimp , Chicken ,
Bardi Grub , Scrub Worm , Hard Bodied Lure

SpeciesPlacesPrefer
Murray Cod 40.7% Prefer To Catch

Murray cod

Murray River (NSW) , Lake Eildon ,
Lake Mulwala (NSW) , Goulburn River
40.7
Rainbow Trout 39.8% Prefer To Catch

Rainbow trout

Lake Eildon , Blue Rock Lake ,
Yarra River , Lake Purrumbete
39.8
Brown Trout 39.5% Prefer To Catch

Brown trout

Lake Eildon , Lake Eppalock ,
Yarra River , Lake Purrumbete ,
Blue Rock Lake
39.5
Redfin 38.3% Prefer To Catch

Redfin

Murray River (NSW) , Lake Mulwala (NSW) ,
Lake Eppalock , Blue Rock Lake ,
Ovens River , Mitchell River ,
Lake Eildon , Yarra River ,
Lake Purrumbete , Goulburn River
38.3
Golden Perch (Yellow Belly) 19.8% Prefer To Catch

Golden perch (Yellow Belly)

Murray River (NSW) , Lake Mulwala (NSW) ,
Lake Eppalock , Lake Eildon ,
Goulburn River , Yarra River ,
Ovens River
19.8

Quick Freshwater Species Popularity & Noxious Carp

Carp do not perform well in the most popular freshwater fishing species numbers.

I understand why. However – targeting this introduced and noxious species can not only be fun you’re also doing the environment a huge favour by getting them out of the streams.

They can be used too!! While you must remove them from waterways and dispose of them humanely, some folks do eat them. There are some great carp recipes.

For myself – I use them as fertiliser. Throw them into the vegetable garden as steaks and dig them in. If you know a keen gardener see if they’re interested!




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Dave from Getfished - Fishing Writer and Software Developer
David Scott Kane - Fishing Writer, Software Developer, Founder Getfished

G'day!

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.)

I try to be as accurate as possible on this website. Most of the information is based on personal experience. However, if you spot an error or think there's something that I should add - no worries! Please use the Contact Form.