Autumn Victoria – Great Fishing Locations 2021

Best Melbourne Fishing Locations

Where To Fish In Melbourne Fishing around Melbourne includes the fantastic Port Phillip Bay, nearby Western Port Bay, the Yarra, Marrybinong and their tributaries. When fisho’s think of Melbourne they often think “Port Phillip Bay Snapper.” While…

Where To Fish In Melbourne

Fishing around Melbourne includes the fantastic Port Phillip Bay, nearby Western Port Bay, the Yarra, Marrybinong and their tributaries.

When fisho’s think of Melbourne they often think “Port Phillip Bay Snapper.”

While snapper fishing is fantastic, Melbourne has a smorgasbord of other species and fishing opportunities that are easily overlooked.

These not only include saltwater species. Freshwater fish like Trout, Redfin and even natives like Murray Cod can be caught within the Melbourne suburban region. Many of these waterways are actively restocked by the Fisheries department.

Many land-based fisho’s choose some of the wonderful piers in Melbourne and the wider Victorian area.

26 Best Fishing Locations In Melbourne

Mordialloc Beach Fishing

  • 1 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)

    Diamond Creek Fishing

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

    Wyndham Harbour Rock Wall

  • 4 Fishing Wyndham Harbour Rock Wall
  • November 11, 2020
    Wyndham Harbour Rock Wall is a relatively new area. The rock wall, however, has begun producing fish. It allows you to get a fair way

    Fishing Werribee South River Entrance

  • 5 Fishing Werribee South Pier
  • October 29, 2020
    Fishing the Werribee South Pier (on the Werribee River Estuary) can be a challenge in the early part of the season. From September through to

    ferguson street pier

  • 6 Fishing Ferguson Street Pier Williamstown
  • October 29, 2020
    Ferguson Street Pier is close to the city of Melbourne, which means it can get a bit crowded during the peak season of warmer summer

    altona pier

  • 7 Fishing Altona Pier
  • October 29, 2020
    Altona Pier, in recent times, had an artificial reef placed just off the end of the pier. Making the pier one of the best Altona

    gem pier

  • 8 Fishing Gem Pier
  • October 29, 2020
    Gem Pier in Williamstown is steeped in history. So if you'd like to try an awesome experience of mixing fishing along with some fantastic Melbourne

    St Kilda Pier

  • 9 St Kilda Pier Fishing
  • October 29, 2020
    St Kilda Pier Fishing on a warm summers night was how I started targetting flathead and pinkies as a teenager. St Kilda Pier has seen

    station pier port melbourne

  • 10 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 Lagoon Pier

  • 11 Fishing Lagoon Pier
  • October 29, 2020
    Lagoon Pier is known to produce fish all year round.  Because it’s so close to the city it can get busy at times. I’ve tended

    Fishing Kerferd Road Pier

  • 12 Fishing Kerferd Road Pier
  • October 29, 2020
    Kerferd Road Pier produces the usual fishing suspects on Port Phillip Bay. Snapper, Flathead, Flounder, Trevally, Mullet and Calamari are all caught by anglers. There’s

    rock wall fishing

  • 13 Sandringham Anchorage & Rockwall Fishing
  • October 29, 2020
    Fishing Sandringham Anchorage has proven to be very successful for me. Sandringham is a bayside suburb located on Melbourne's beautiful Port Phillip Bay. In the

    Fishing Sweeneys Flats Eltham

  • 14 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

  • 15 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

  • 16 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

  • 17 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

  • 18 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.

    Blueys Boat Hire

  • 19 Blueys Boat Hire
  • October 20, 2020
    Note, that I have not personally used Blueys Boat Hire services. As such I cannot make any specific personal recommendations one way or the other.

    Werribee South Beach Fishing

  • 20 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

    Fishing Altona Pier

  • 21 Altona Boat Ramp
  • October 29, 2020
    Ramp Overview Altona boat ramp is a great place to launch a boat. Be it a fishing boat, tinny or even kayak.  Excellent bay access

    Werribee South Boatramp Fishing

  • 22 Werribee South Boat Ramp
  • November 5, 2020
    Ramp Overview At the time of writing, boaties are calling on assistance to have the Werribee South Boat Ramp repaired. Technically there are six boat

    St Kilda Boat Ramp

  • 23 St Kilda Boat Ramp
  • October 29, 2020
    Ramp Overview St Kilda Boat Ramp is part of the extensive St Kilda Marina complex. As far as boat ramps go it can vary in

    Mordialloc Pier Fishing

  • 24 Fishing Mordialloc Pier
  • January 24, 2021
    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.

    boat ramp newport

  • 25 Williamstown Boat Ramp
  • October 29, 2020
    Ramp Overview Williamstown Boat Ramp is one of the better boat ramps in Melbourne, having relatively recently been upgraded. It's located in the same location

    mordialloc boat ramp

  • 26 Mordialloc Boat Ramp
  • October 29, 2020
    The Mordialloc Boat Ramp provides small craft access to Port Phillip Bay (often affectionately known by the acronym PPB).

    Melbourne Fishing Report

    Fishing FAQ

    What Fish Are In The Yarra River?

    In the Yarra Estuary, common fish species include Pinkies (Immature Snapper) and Adult Snapper during the warmer months. Mullet, Flathead, Mulloway, Bream, Whiting at times throughout the year.

    Upstream in the freshwater stretches Redfin, European Carp, Eels are quite common. Occasional Murray Cod are present north of Eltham around the Warrandyte area. Trout, both Rainbow and Brown can be caught in the shallower, faster sections from Launching Place upstream past Warburton.

    What type of fishing can you do around Melbourne?

    From the beautiful Port Phillip Bay.  The large tidal flows of Western Port Bay.  The estuaries of the Yarra, Maribyrnong, Werribee and other rivers – Melbourne has a lot of fishing variety.

    You can fish from the beaches for bream, mullet, flathead and whiting.  The piers for all of those species – plus snapper, Australian Salmon, Silver Trevally, Calamari (squid) and even gummy shark.

    You can get out in the estuaries and the bays in a boat, increasing your fishing opportunities and available species.

    While in the “fresh” you can target freshwater species such as Murray Cod, Redfin, trout, eels and even the insidious European Carp.

    What licenses do I need to go fishing in Melbourne?

    Most people will need a fishing license.  This is available at most tackle stores – or online from the Victorian Fisheries Authority website.

    There are exceptions to the license requirement including people over 70 or under 18 years of age.  Some pensioners including aged and disability.  As well as some indigenous people.
    Always check the VFA website above to see if you meet any exceptions.

    In addition, you need to familiarise yourself with regulations including catch limits, size, seasons and protected species.

    If you are using a powerboat you will require a boating license.  There are exemptions for interstate boats – providing you have a license in your state of origin.

    Are there sharks in the Yarra River?

    Yes. At times. Though in most cases they are harmless Gummy Sharks (known as flake when cooked and served with fish and chips) Some smaller Schooling Sharks are present at times. Larger species have been reported and caught in the lower reaches around the docklands but they are extremely rare.

    What Are The Best Fishing Times In Melbourne?

    The best fishing times in Melbourne are usually an before and after dawn and dusk. When those times coincide with a high or low tide then these times are considered to be more ideal.

    Additionally some people believe the moon plays a factor in selecting fishing times. While this is hotly contested (and has no scientific evidence to support it) it is said a new moon is a peak fishing time. When combined with the tide and sunrise/sunset the day is considered to be the best day that month.



    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.