Autumn Victoria – Great Fishing Locations 2021

Freshwater Fishing Locations In Victoria

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…

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.  

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3 Awesome Freshwater Fishing Spots

Diamond Creek Fishing

Fishing The Diamond Creek

February 21, 2021
The Diamond Creek is largely overlooked by locals when it comes to fishing. While large sections are difficult to access and it is true that

sugarloaf reservoir fishing

Sugarloaf Reservoir Fishing Spots

November 14, 2020
Sugarloaf Reservoir isn't too far from Melbourne, Victoria. Located in the outer North East near Christmas Hills. Its water is pumped in by pipes from

Fishing Sweeneys Flats Eltham

Fishing Sweeneys Flats Eltham [Plus Podcast] 🎧

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Fish The Yarra River Sweeneys Flats Eltham is well known to locals. With its bushland setting sitting on the Yarra River it offers a number

Freshwater Fishing Reports

murray cod fishing report.
Final October 2020 Fishing Report
Fish Species: Australian Bass, Rainbow Trout
Fishing Hotspots: Blue Rock Lake, Lakeside Pakenham, Lilydale Lake, Yarrambat Lake
Top Bait/Lures: Corn Kernals, Earthworms, Size 3 Stump Jumper, Soft Plastic Grub, Soft Plastic Minnows, Spinnerbaits
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Freshwater Fishing Report , Melbourne & Victoria
First October Fishing Report, Melbourne & Victoria
Fish Species: Murray Cod, Rainbow Trout, Redfin, Yellowbelly
Fishing Hotspots: Berwick Springs, Lake Waranga, Spavin Lake, Warrangaratta, Yarrambat Lake
Top Bait/Lures: Earthworms, Damiki Vault42 blades, Jackson Eddy Spinners, Jigglefishing Lil Ripper, Jigglefishing Medium Ripper, Pontoon21 Beta Vibe, Strike Tiger, Tubby Native Minnow
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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.

Murray CodThe 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.



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.