Melbourne Land-Based Fishing

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Melbourne Land-Based Fishing Overview

Melbourne Land Based Fishing

Land-Based Fishing around Melbourne offers you the chance to fish without a boat – or when using a boat is risky or too much hassle.

Both freshwater rivers, creeks and lakes to the saltwater bays, estuaries and surf beaches. There’s a range of easy and challenging environments to get out there and GetFished!

You can choose to fish light for smaller species like Mullet, Bream, Flathead or Redfin or set yourself up for bigger targets like Snapper, Mulloway and Murray Cod.

You can even finesse fish for species like Trout and Chinook Salmon.

Land-based Locations

Yarra Estuary Fishing - Fishermans Bend Fishing Fishermans Bend Yarra Estuary Port Melbournw Fishing
Yarra Estuary Fishing – Fishermans Bend

June 26, 2021

The Yarra Estuary on the Port Melbourne side of the river is often known as “Fishermans Bend.” As you might…

Wyndham Harbour Fishing The Rock Wall Wyndham Harbour Fishing Rock Wall
Wyndham Harbour Fishing The Rock Wall

June 26, 2021

Wyndham Harbour Rock Wall fishing is a relatively new option as it’s a pretty part of Werribee South. The rock…

Williamstown Fishing Williamstown Fishing
Williamstown Fishing

June 26, 2021

Williamstown fishing goes back to the early days of Melbourne.  Located on Port Phillip Bay right around the corner from…

Werribee South Pier Fishing Fishing Werribee South Pier Fishing
Werribee South Pier Fishing

June 26, 2021

Werribee South Pier fishing (on the Werribee River Estuary) can be a challenge in the early part of the season….

Werribee South Fishing - River Entrance Fishing Werribee South River Entrance
Werribee South Fishing – River Entrance

June 26, 2021

Werribee South fishing offers the Werribee South Pier on the estuary, Werribee South Boat Ramp, and more fishing at the Werribee…

Werribee South Beach Werribee South Beach Fishing
Werribee South Beach

June 26, 2021

The Werribee South Beach extends from the Werribee River mouth north to the rock wall at Wyndham Harbour. The beaches

Werribee River Fishing Werribee River 1
Werribee River Fishing

June 26, 2021

Werribee River – Photo Credit Ferylbob CC Licensed Fishing Werribee River has increasingly become a better option in recent years….

Werribee Fishing Fishing Werribee South Pier Fishing
Werribee Fishing

September 15, 2021

Werribee Fishing opportunities include the Werribee South Pier, Beach and of course access to the Werribee River via the Boat…

The Warmies Fishing Fishing The Warmies Newport
The Warmies Fishing

June 26, 2021

The Warmies fishing hotspot is considered to be one of the finest spots for fishing in Melbourne, by many. I’ve…

Sweeneys Flats Fishing - Eltham Fishing Sweeneys Flats Eltham
Sweeneys Flats Fishing – Eltham

June 26, 2021

Fishing Sweeneys Flats Eltham is a well-known hotspot to locals. With its bushland setting sitting on the Yarra River it…

Sugarloaf Reservoir Fishing Suarloaf Reservoir Fishing
Sugarloaf Reservoir Fishing

June 26, 2021

Sugarloaf Reservoir isn’t too far from Melbourne, Victoria. Located in the outer North East near Christmas Hills. In fact, it…

Station Pier Fishing Station Pier Port Melbourne
Station Pier Fishing

June 26, 2021

Station Pier is a firm favourite fishing spot, going back to the nineteenth century, located in Port Melbourne on Beach

St Kilda Pier Fishing St Kilda Pier Fishing
St Kilda Pier Fishing

September 15, 2021

St Kilda Pier Fishing on a warm summers night was how I started targetting flathead and pinkies as a teenager….

Sandringham Fishing - The Rock Wall &Amp;Amp; Anchorage Sandringham Rock Wall Fishing
Sandringham Fishing – The Rock Wall & Anchorage

September 15, 2021

Sandringham fishing largely centres around the rock wall and the Anchorage. The area has proven to be very successful for…

Powlett River Fishing Powlett River Fishing Kilcunda
Powlett River Fishing

September 15, 2021

The Powlett River Estuary, five minutes from the township of Kilcunda, is often blocked to the sea. Causing it to…

Portarlington Rock Wall Fishing Portarlington Rock Wall 1
Portarlington Rock Wall Fishing

June 26, 2021

Portarlington Rock Wall forms a safe harbour for boats and adjoins the Portarlington pier. The Rock Wall has added a…

Portarlington Pier Fishing Fishing Portarlington Pier 1
Portarlington Pier Fishing

September 15, 2021

Portarlington Pier fishing is made pretty comfortable as it’s a good modern pier. Fish for Australian Salmon, Flathead, Pinkies and…

Portarlington Fishing Portarlington Victoria Australia
Portarlington Fishing

September 15, 2021

Photo Credit Bob T, CCSA License Portarlington fishing goes right back to the nineteenth and early twentieth century.  Where people…

Portarlington Beach Fishing Portarlington Caravan Park Beach – Shorebased Fishing
Portarlington Beach Fishing

June 26, 2021

For the purposes of fishing Portarlington beach, we can divide it up into several sections. South of the Portarlington Pier…

Port Melbourne Fishing Port Melbourne
Port Melbourne Fishing

September 15, 2021

Port Melbourne fishing is a great experience.  It is also the closest Port Phillip Bay fishing near Melbourne. Many of…

Plenty River Fishing Plenty River
Plenty River Fishing

June 26, 2021

Plenty River fishing can be challenging.  The banks can be steep.  The water is often very shallow. The Plenty River

Pier Fishing Victoria Melbourne Fishing
Pier Fishing Victoria

September 15, 2021

10 Best Pier Fishing Locations In Melbourne & Victoria Williamstown Fishing June 26, 2021 Williamstown fishing goes back to the…

Mordialloc Pier Fishing Mordialloc Pier View From Water
Mordialloc Pier Fishing

September 15, 2021

Fishing Mordialloc Pier offers a variety of fishing opportunities due to this length. Mordialloc Pier is a beautiful long pier…

Mordialloc Fishing Mordialloc Fishing Victoria Australia
Mordialloc Fishing

September 15, 2021

I have a soft spot for Mordialloc fishing. I love fishing off the Pier. It’s one of my favourite Melbourne

Mordialloc Creek Fishing Mordialloc Creek Fishing
Mordialloc Creek Fishing

September 15, 2021

A lot of folks target bream in the estuary when Mordialloc Creek fishing.  A lot of these folks eat what…

Mordialloc Beach Mordialloc Beach Fishing
Mordialloc Beach

September 15, 2021

During the summer months, Mordialloc beach fishing can be tricky as it gets pretty crowded. From swimmers, sunbakers to the…

Lagoon Pier Fishing Fishing Lagoon Pier
Lagoon Pier Fishing

June 26, 2021

Lagoon Pier fishing is considered to be all year round. Because it’s so close to the city it can get…

Kilcunda Fishing Surf Fishing Kilcunda
Kilcunda Fishing

September 15, 2021

Fishing Kilcunda and surf fishing are synonymous. I’ve fished here for Australian Salmon, Tailor and even Gummy Sharks since 1979!…

Kerferd Road Pier Fishing Kerferd Road Pier Fishing
Kerferd Road Pier Fishing

September 15, 2021

Kerferd Road Pier fishing offers a simple, easy to access pier that produces the usual fishing species on Port Phillip

Gem Pier Fishing Gem Pier
Gem Pier Fishing

June 26, 2021

Gem Pier in Williamstown is steeped in history. So if you’d like to try an awesome experience of mixing fishing…

Ferguson Street Pier Fishing Ferguson Street Pier
Ferguson Street Pier Fishing

June 26, 2021

Ferguson Street Pier is close to the city of Melbourne, which means it can get a bit crowded during the…

Diamond Creek Diamond Creek Fishing
Diamond Creek

September 15, 2021

Diamond Creek fishing is largely overlooked by locals when it comes to locals, let alone people from other areas of…

Altona Pier Fishing Altona Pier
Altona Pier Fishing

September 15, 2021

Altona Pier fishing, in recent times, has seen an artificial reef placed just off the end of the pier. Making…

Landbased Fishing FAQ

What Are The Best Land Based Fishing Spots In Melbourne

The best spots depend largely on what type of fishing you want to enjoy.

If you prefer saltwater fishing to target species like flathead, some of Melbourne’s piers are an excellent choice. You can also target snapper, whiting, bream, garfish and squid from piers. Another great saltwater spot in Melbourne’s Yarra River Estuary and the ever-popular Warmies.

Top Land Based Freshwater spots include the Yarra River, Goulburn River and Murray River.

Close to Melbourne, you might like to try Mordialloc Pier and Werribee South.

Winter Land Based Fishing In Melbourne

Winter land-based fishing in Melbourne can be slower due to the very cold water temperatures. However, it is a great time to focus on Garfish, Squid, and Australian Salmon species.

In Freshwater European Carp are still present, though a little sluggish. As are Redfin and of course Trout (except during the seasonal closure.)

Spring Land Based Fishing In Melbourne

As the water starts to warm in Spring species such as larger Snapper start to move into the bays. Usually from late September. Flathead becomes less sluggish and bream start to bite.

In freshwater Murray Cod season is usually closed until early December. However, species such as Trout, Redfin and even European Carp can be targeted.

Summer Land Based Fishing In Melbourne

Summer is considered the peak season for fishing in Melbourne. Land based opportunities include Snapper, Pinky Snapper, Flathead, Bream, Squid, Mullet, Mulloway and Gummy Sharks.

In freshwater species like Murray Cod, Redfin, Trout, Yellow Belly and European Carp are very active.

Autumn Land Based Fishing In Melbourne

Autumn land based fishing in Melbourne starts with most of the summer species still active in March. Like Snapper, Whiting and Flathead. As the temperatures start to decline so does the fish activity. With species such as Whiting migrating to South Australia.

In freshwater Murray Cod fishing starts to slow down as the fish become more sluggish. Redfin, Trout and European carp activity continue through Autumn. Starting to taper for most species with the onset of winter temperatures.

Fishing Hotspot Map

Melbourne Land-Based Fishing Review Summary

Melbourne's Land-Based fishing is probably the most common way to we a line.

Popular choices include Piers, Beaches, Rivers, Creeks and lakes.  Most of which can be fished from the land.

Common saltwater species caught include flathead, pinky snapper, silver trevally and black bream.

While in freshwater Murray Cod, Trout, Redfin and even European Carp are popular target species.

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David Scott Kane - Fishing Writer, Software Developer, Founder Getfished


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.