Summer Victoria – Great Fishing Locations 2021

Land-Based Fishing Melbourne

Land-based fishing locations around Melbourne provide those without a boat a great way to catch fish. From saltwater to freshwater Melbourne offers some great options. Many are less than an hours drive from the city.

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

Mordialloc Beach Fishing

Mordialloc Beach Fishing

October 29, 2020
During the summer months, Mordialloc beach gets pretty crowded. From swimmers, sunbakers to the local beach volleyball clubs. Mordialloc Beach runs adjacent (to the west)

Portarlington Caravan Park Beach – Shorebased Fishing

Portarlington Caravan Park Beach – Shorebased Fishing

October 29, 2020
The Portarlington Caravan Park beach is just in front of the park. I recommend at and after dusk and then before and just after dawn

station pier port melbourne

Fishing Station Pier Port Melbourne

October 29, 2020
Station Pier is a firm favourite fishing spot, going back to the nineteenth century, located in Port Melbourne on Beach Street. Fish species vary from

Fishing Sweeneys Flats Eltham

Fishing Sweeneys Flats Eltham [Plus Podcast] 🎧

October 29, 2020
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

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.

Werribee South Beach Fishing

Werribee South Beach Fishing

October 29, 2020
The Werribee South Beach extends from the Werribee River mouth north to the rock wall at Wyndham Harbour. The beaches to the south are off-limits

Mordialloc Pier Fishing

Fishing Mordialloc Pier

October 29, 2020
Mordialloc Pier is a beautiful long pier extending 174 metres (570.86 feet). Located in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Mordialloc.  It provides excellent land-based fishing of Port Phillip Bay.

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 then 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 is 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.

Is There A Land Based Fishing Report For Melbourne or Victoria?

Yes. We offer Melbourne Fishing Report featuring videos from some of Victoria’s top fisho’s. These include fishing reports from Melbourne and the wider Victorian region. Fish species include Murray Cod, Redfin, Trout, Squid, Bream, Mullet and other species according to season.

Most other fishing reports tend to be limited to saltwater fishing. So Getfished has tried to include as many freshwater land based fishing reports as possible. We update the reports page at least once a week.

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 species such as Garfish, Squid and Australian Salmon.

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.



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.