Freshwater fishing in Victoria includes a wide variety of habitats and climate zones.

From cool mountain streams to mighty inland rivers to broad estuaries emptying into bays, Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean.

While the northern border of Victoria divides the state and NSW by the Murray River the watercourse belongs to New South Wales up to and including the banks. So Victorians fishing the Murray should keep in mind that an NSW fishing license is required when fishing that river.

Check out some freshwater fishing locations below – or recent Victorian Freshwater Fishing Collated Reports.

Fishing Locations

Plenty River Fishing

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Werribee Fishing

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Fishing Reports YTD 2022

This year’s fishing reports where fish have been caught in a freshwater waterbody during 2022.

Note that these reports are collated by Getfished from a variety of reports submitted to us and from other online sources.

May 30, 2022Blue Rock DamRedfin
May 30, 2022Blue Rock DamAustralian BassChatterbait
May 30, 2022Blue Rock DamAustralian BassZman Finesse Frog
May 30, 2022Irrigation ChannelsMurray CodZx40 blade
May 30, 2022Waranga BasinRedfin
May 30, 2022Blue Rock DamEuropean Carp
May 30, 2022ToolambaYellow BellyCheese
May 30, 2022ToolambaYellow BellyEarthworms
May 30, 2022ToolambaYellow BellyTN60 Jackal
May 30, 2022ToolambaMurray CodCheese
May 30, 2022ToolambaMurray CodEarthworms
May 30, 2022ToolambaMurray CodCodger
May 30, 2022ToolambaMurray CodOld Mate
May 30, 2022Broken RiverMurray CodCheese
May 30, 2022Broken RiverMurray CodChicken
May 30, 2022Broken RiverMurray CodScrub Worms
May 30, 2022Broken RiverMurray CodBassman Aussie Crawler
May 30, 2022Broken RiverMurray CodJackal Pompadour
May 30, 2022Broken RiverMurray CodSingle Blade Old Mate
May 30, 2022Wurdi BulocRainbow TroutMegabass X70s
May 30, 2022Wurdi BulocRainbow TroutStrike Pro Bobbin Spoon
June 2, 2022Wurdi Buloc, VicRainbow TroutNorries Wasabi Spoon
June 2, 2022Wurdi Buloc, VicRedfinNorries Wasabi Spoon
June 2, 2022Broken River,VicMurray CodBalista Hunchbacks
June 2, 2022Broken River,VicYellow BellyLipless Crank Baits
June 2, 2022Broken River,VicYellow BellySmall Divers
June 2, 2022Broken River,VicMurray CodScrub Worms
June 2, 2022Broken River,VicYellow BellyScrub Worms
June 2, 2022Broken River,VicMurray CodChicken
June 2, 2022Broken River,VicYellow BellyChicken
June 2, 2022Toolamba,VicMurray CodChicken
June 2, 2022Toolamba,VicMurray CodCheese
June 2, 2022Shepparton,VicMurray CodSpinners
June 2, 2022Shepparton,VicFreshwater Crayfish
June 2, 2022Waranga Basin, VicYellow Belly
June 2, 2022Greens Lake, VicYellow Belly
June 2, 2022Blue Rock Dam,VicRainbow TroutSmall Hardbodies
June 2, 2022Blue Rock Dam,VicRainbow TroutTassie Devils
June 2, 2022Blue Rock Dam,VicRedfinTassie Devils
June 2, 2022Blue Rock Dam,VicAustralian BassTN60 Jackal
June 2, 2022Blue Rock Dam,VicAustralian BassZx40 blade
June 2, 2022Lake Mulwala, NSWMurray CodCodger
June 2, 2022Lake Mulwala, NSWMurray CodSpinners
June 2, 2022Lake Mulwala, NSWMurray CodOld Mate
June 2, 2022Yarrambat Park Lake, VicRedfinAsakura S-Hornet Crankbait
June 2, 2022Lake Purrumbete, VicRedfin
June 2, 2022Lake Eildon,VicRainbow Trout
June 2, 2022Devilbend Reservoir, VicEstuary Perch
June 9, 2022Rubicon,VicRainbow Trout
June 9, 2022Devilbend Reservoir, VicEstuary Perch
June 9, 2022Tanjil River,VicRainbow Trout
June 10, 2022Cumberland River, VicRainbow TroutStrike Tiger Nymphs
June 10, 2022Lake Purrumbete, VicBrown TroutLarge Hard Bodies
June 10, 2022Lake Purrumbete, VicRedfinLarge Hard Bodies
June 10, 2022Nagambie, VicFreshwater Crayfish
June 10, 2022Murchison, VicFreshwater Crayfish
June 10, 2022Mooroopna,VicFreshwater Crayfish
June 10, 2022Aracadia,VicMurray Cod
June 10, 2022Bunbartha,VicMurray Cod
June 10, 2022Lake Eildon,VicMurray Cod
June 10, 2022Lake Eildon,VicRedfin
June 10, 2022Lake Eildon,VicRainbow TroutTassie Devils
June 10, 2022Murray River,VicFreshwater Crayfish
June 10, 2022Moama, NSWMurray Cod
June 10, 2022Shepparton Lake,VicRainbow TroutSoft Plastic Minnow
June 10, 2022Lake Mulwala, NSWMurray CodSpinners
June 16, 2022Wurdi Buloc, VicBrown TroutMetal Spoon
June 16, 2022Wurdi Buloc, VicRainbow TroutMetal Spoon
June 16, 2022Wurdi Buloc, VicRedfinMetal Spoon
June 16, 2022Murchison, VicMurray Cod
June 16, 2022Murchison, VicFreshwater Crayfish
June 16, 2022Toolamba,VicFreshwater Crayfish
June 16, 2022Raftery's,VicFreshwater Crayfish
June 16, 2022Shepparton,VicFreshwater Crayfish
June 16, 2022Waranga Basin, VicRedfin
June 16, 2022Lake Mulwala, NSWMurray CodSpinners
June 16, 2022Lake Mulwala, NSWMurray CodSwim Bait
June 16, 2022Shepparton Lake,VicRainbow TroutSoft Plastics
June 16, 2022Shepparton Lake,VicRedfinTN50 Jackal
June 16, 2022Dartmouth Dam,VicRainbow TroutTassie Devils
June 16, 2022Blue Rock Dam,VicRainbow TroutTassie Devils
June 16, 2022Blue Rock Dam,VicAustralian BassStump Jumper
June 16, 2022Blue Rock Dam,VicAustralian BassEarthworms
June 16, 2022Blue Rock Dam,VicRainbow TroutEarthworms
June 16, 2022Blue Rock Dam,VicRedfinEarthworms
June 16, 2022Blue Rock Dam,VicEuropean CarpEarthworms
June 16, 2022Lake Purrumbete, VicRedfin
June 16, 2022Lake Purrumbete, VicRainbow Trout
June 16, 2022Lake Purrumbete, VicChinook Salmon
June 16, 2022Devilbend Reservoir, VicEstuary Perch
June 23, 2022Stoney Creek,VicRedfinJerk Baits
June 23, 2022Stoney Creek,VicRainbow TroutJerk Baits
June 23, 2022Wurdi Buloc, VicRainbow TroutJerk Baits
June 23, 2022Wurdi Buloc, VicRedfinJerk Baits
June 23, 2022Lake Eildon,VicMurray CodSpinners
June 23, 2022Lake Eildon,VicRainbow TroutTassie Devils
June 23, 2022Lake Eildon,VicRedfinTassie Devils
June 23, 2022Lake Eildon,VicEuropean CarpScrub Worms
June 23, 2022Murchison, VicMurray CodChicken Liver
June 23, 2022Shepparton,VicMurray CodChicken Liver
June 23, 2022Waranga Basin, VicRedfinSoft Plastics
June 23, 2022Waranga Basin, VicRedfinZx40 blade
June 23, 2022Broken River,VicEuropean CarpEarthworms
June 23, 2022Irrigation Channels Shepparton, VicMurray CodBassman Shorties
June 23, 2022Irrigation Channels Shepparton, VicYellow BellyBassman Shorties
June 23, 2022Torrumbarry,VicMurray Cod
June 23, 2022Torrumbarry,VicYellow Belly
June 23, 2022Torrumbarry,VicEuropean CarpChicken
June 23, 2022Lake Eildon,VicMurray Cod
June 23, 2022Tallangatta Lake Hume,NSWBrown Trout
June 30, 2022Casey Fields,VicRainbow TroutPowerbait
June 30, 2022Lake Mulwala, NSWMurray Cod
July 2, 2022GoulburnFreshwater Crayfish
July 2, 2022Waranga BasinFreshwater Crayfish
July 16, 2022MurchisonFreshwater Crayfish
July 16, 2022SheppartonFreshwater Crayfish
July 16, 2022Warnambool FreshwaterBrown TroutFly - Unspecified Pattern
July 16, 2022Broken RiverFreshwater Crayfish

Victorian Freshwater Fishing Map

Victorian Freshwater Fishing FAQ

What Freshwater Fish Can I Catch In Victoria?

Victorian freshwater fish include many native and introduced species.

In some cases, such as the Murray cod, native species have been introduced into areas where they do not natively occur. Such as the Yarra River.

The most popular native species include Yellow Belly, Murray Cod, a variety of eels, freshwater catfish and river blackfish.

All freshwater native species are subject to extensive limits on size and quantity of catches. The VFA is actively involved in fish stock management and hatcheries with many native fish species.
Introduced species include Brown and Rainbow trout in rivers and streams. As well as Chinook Salmon in some lakes. These species are actively maintained by the Victorian Fishery Authority and have closed seasons to manage breeding numbers.

Species such as Redfin (English Perch) are present, but not maintained. They have no minimum size limit or season. However, the laws state this species must not be transported alive across the countryside in order to limit the spread.

European Carp are present in plague proportions in many rivers and lakes. This species is declared a noxious pest. No European Carp, when caught, may be returned alive to Vic waterways.

Goldfish, tench and roach are also prevalent and considered noxious in Victorian waters. The Chinese Weather Loach is also present. Many of these species are likely to have been released accidentally or on purpose by aquarium keepers and from overflow from fish ponds.

What tackle is best on Victorian Freshwater fishing spots?

It depends largely on the size of the fish and the species.

Trout, for example, can be caught on regular fishing tackle using traditional bait and hooks. However many people prefer to use soft plastic and hard body lures to target trout.

The art of fly fishing is almost synonymous with trout fishing worldwide and many Victorians engage in this artful form of fishing too.

Redfin can be caught on many of the same bait or lure rigs as trout.
Species such as Murray cod and Yellow belly are often targeted using heavier rigs with bait such as Bardi grub, yabby, chicken and even cheese.

While specialist hard body cod lures, such as stump jumpers, diving and surface designs are used equally well. If not more effectively.

Increasingly fisho’s are using larger soft plastics with excellent results on Murray cod and other larger native species.

Carp eat a variety of baits including chicken, dough, bread and corn. Heavier tackle is often advisable for this species as they can weigh in many kilos surprisingly often.

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