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.
Melbourne Fishing Spots
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 history – give Gem…Find Out More
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Sandringham fishing largely centers around the rock wall and the Anchorage. The area has proven to be very successful for me. Sandringham is a bay-side suburb located…Find Out More
Wyndham Harbour Rock Wall fishing is a relatively new option as it’s a pretty part of Werribee South. The rock wall, however, is certainly producing fish. It allows you…Find Out More
The Warmies fishing hot spot is considered to be one of the finest spots for fishing in Melbourne, by many. I’ve got to admit I love…Find Out More
Fishing Werribee River has increasingly become a better option in recent years. The efforts by the Victorian Fisheries Authority to stock the river with species like…Find Out More
The Powlett River Estuary, five minutes from the township of Kilcunda, is often blocked to the sea. Causing it to form a wide, shallow lake. The estuary, however, is…Find Out More
Fishing Kilcunda and surf fishing are synonymous. I’ve fished here for Australian Salmon, Tailor and even Gummy Sharks since 1979! It’s well worth a visit. There’s some…Find Out More
For the purposes of fishing Portarlington beach, we can divide it up into several sections. South of the Portarlington Pier and Portarlington rock wall. I’ve not fished this beach, focussing…Find Out More
The Yarra Estuary on the Port Melbourne side of the river is often known as “Fishermans Bend.” As you might suspect from the name it’s a good spot to…Find Out More
Lagoon Pier fishing is considered to be all year round. Because it’s so close to the city it can get busy at times. I’ve tended…Find Out More
Kerferd Road Pier fishing offers a simple, easy to access pier that produces the usual fishing species on Port Phillip Bay. Snapper, Flathead, Flounder, Trevally, Mullet…Find Out More
Fishing Port Melbourne – Overview Port Melbourne fishing is a great experience. It is also the closest Port Phillip Bay fishing near Melbourne. Many of…Find Out More
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 weather.…Find Out More
Portarlington Pier fishing is made pretty comfortable as it’s a good modern pier. Fish for Australian Salmon, Flathead, Pinkies and Snapper. Good water depth. A…Find Out More
During the summer months, Mordialloc beach fishing can be tricky as it gets pretty crowded. From swimmers, sunbakers to the local beach volleyball clubs. That…Find Out More
Fishing Mordialloc Pier offers a variety of fishing opportunities due to this length. Mordialloc Pier is a beautiful long pier extending 174 metres (570.86 feet). …Find Out More
A lot of folks target bream in the estuary when Mordialloc Creek fishing. A lot of these folks eat what they catch. I have to…Find Out More
Mordialloc Fishing Overview I have a soft spot for Mordialloc fishing. I love fishing off the Pier. It’s one of my favourite Melbourne Piers. I love fishing…Find Out More
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Melbourne Fishing FAQ
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.
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.
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.
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. I have personally caught a juvenile 7 Gill shark at the Warmies in Newport.
Larger species have been reported and caught in the lower reaches around the docklands but they are extremely rare. In February 2021 I caught (and released) a Broad Nosed Shark in the Yarra River mouth,
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.