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.
See the Melbourne Fishing FAQ
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Melbourne Fishing FAQ
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 Europen 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 familiarize 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.