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 means there’s not a lot of room for fishing there during the day. Especially during sunny weather.

However, in the cooler months, or on days where people are less likely to use the beach, it can be a great place to fish.

Mordialloc Beach Overview

Mordialloc Beach runs adjacent (to the west) of Mordialloc Pier.

There’s parking near Mordialloc Pier which does cost money between 8 am and 8 pm.

There’s also a toilet block and a kiosk adjacent to the carpark.

The beach is generally pretty clear of weed, though there are certainly weed-beds offshore, which are within casting range.

Mordialloc Beach fishing is not usually competitive – not including swimmers and volleyball.  So when the water starts to cool and the Salmon start moving through it is worthwhile giving it a crack.

Mordialloc Beach Fishing – Species To Target

When fishing Mordialloc Beach catches can include Australian Salmon, whiting, pinky snapper, flathead and bream.

Unless you’re going to wade out when Mordialloc Beach Fishing you are going to need a beach rod at least 9 to 10 feet.

Use a sinker only heavy enough to get you the distance you need.   This will help you to cast a little further out from the shallows.

Baits include soft plastics, pipis, whitebait, pilchards, squid and chicken.

The main beach is located to the right (west) of the Mordialloc Pier.

I’ve observed some fisho’s wading out into the shallows flicking soft-plastics for flathead with some success.

A beach rod of around 10 foot is ideal. Fishing light though, unless you need the weight because of the wind.

There is however another beach on the other side of the Mordialloc Creek. This beach extends from the creek area to the adjoining suburb of Aspendale.

While I have not fished it I have observed that it is often less used by swimmers at the creek end. Though less accessible. It would certainly warrant further investigation for fishing opportunities.

Use a similar tackle selection to that recommended for fishing Mordialloc Beach.

Fish Species Quick Info
Australian Salmon
Arripis trutta
All Year Round
Common for schools to move through, chopping up the water before moving on. Can be common during cooler months.
Black Bream
Acanthopagrus butcheri
All Year Round. But much more prevalent during warmer months.
Platycephalus sp
All Year Round
Gummy Shark
Mustelus antarcticus
All Year Round
Larger species are caught in Port Phillip & Western Port during April to July. With the Peak Month considered too be May.
King George whiting
Sillaginodes punctata
November to April
Known to migrate from Victoria to South Australian waters during cooler months.
Mugilidae sp
All Year Round
Can sometimes be the only game in town during cooler weather.
Pinky Snapper
Chrysophrys auratus
All Year Round. But much more prevalent during warmer months.
This name applies to juvenile specimens of Snapper
Chrysophrys auratus
All Year Round. But much more prevalent during warmer months.
Adult specimens often come closer towards shore to feed on reefs during rougher weather in warmer months.
*Some fish species vary according to time of year and local environmental conditions.

Kayak Fishing Mordialloc Beach

It’s technically possible to launch a kayak from Mordialloc Beach.

This can be a challenge when it’s busy, or when the car-park is full. You’ll also need to navigate some fencing, gates, stairs, etc.

I’d recommend considering the Mordialloc boat ramp for launching. It’s just more accessible. Especially for larger, heavier kayaks.

Alternatively, there are some quieter access points on the beaches to the south and north of this area.

However – there are some good areas just offshore and fishing Mordialloc Beach beyond the breakers can be very effective for squid, flathead and other common bay species, like Pinky Snapper.

As always – make sure you are thorough in checking the forecast.  Because the area is very exposed, with no protection from wind or tides it can get very choppy and dangerous very fast!

Mordialloc Beach Review Summary

Fishing Mordialloc Beach isn’t always very productive.  It’s one of those places where you’ve got to be there at the right time.  So it’s a bit hit and miss.

I’ve rated it three stars because when the salmon are busting up out of range from those fishing Mordialloc Pier and you don’t have a boat it’s actually possible to do well fishing Mordialloc Beach at that time.

In fact, some people have pulled in some pretty good bags of Aussie Salmon just casting from the beach.

So it’s certainly well worth keeping an eye on – particularly if you’re fishing Mordialloc Pier already.


  • Easy drive from most Melbourne Suburbs
  • Clean sandy beach
  • Family Friendly
  • Toilets – but sadly often unclean
  • Kiosk
  • Plenty of Parking


  • Parking can be expensive if you need it all day
  • Toilets could be a lot better
  • Very crowded and not really fishable during summer holiday months

Features At A Glance

FishabilityPublic ToiletsParking
Family FriendlyEnvironment & Pollution

Mordialloc Beach Map