Port Melbourne Fishing

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AddressPort Melbourne
Lat/Lng-37.833223, 144.91247
Distance5.0 km from Melbourne
Current Temp17.3 °C- Stable - Station: Melbourne
Barometer1006.0 hPa - Stable
WindN - 5 km/h
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Port Melbourne Fishing Overview

Fishing Port Melbourne FishingPort Melbourne fishing is a great experience.  It is also the closest Port Phillip Bay fishing near Melbourne.

Many of the local fishing spots are shared with commercial activity.

Being Melbourne’s principal port the navy, ferry service to Tasmania and container ships use the area.

As such some areas are off-limits permanently, while others close according to usage.

For example, Station Pier closes when the Spirit of Tasmania is docked.

Other nearby piers, that are always open for fishing, include Kerford Road Pier, Gem Pier and Lagoon Pier.

Like many fishing spots nearby to Melbourne and suburbs the area is fairly heavily fished. However, there are many days when things are very quiet. Giving you a better chance. Early mornings are a particularly good time.

That’s not to say good catches aren’t taken at other times. When the fish are on these spots can be excellent.

Much of the area is adjacent to the Yarra River estuary system, which includes the Maribyrnong river.

Despite commercial usage of the area. Even though it’s been heavily fished since European settlement. The Port Melbourne area still produces large numbers of fish!

Plus – it’s relatively easy to fish. While there is the odd snag, a few rocky drop-offs etc for the most part it is fairly clear of obstacles.

It produces some good-sized bream, mullet and flathead. While the odd mulloway can be targeted by those prepared to do the hard work needed to catch these monsters.

In the lower reaches of the Yarra estuary, pinky snapper is quite common, too. Plus, on occasion, larger adult snapper is taken.

Expect the unexpected catch. Some surprising species make their way into the area at times.


Port Melbourne Fishing

Station Pier Fishing

Fishing Station Pier Port Melbourne offers the land-based angler opportunity to target some great fish species.

Just keep in mind that at times it’s closed to fishing.  This is due to the fact that large ships, such as the Spirit of Tasmania dock there.

While this can be frustrating its the price we have to pay to target some great fish species including: Pinky Snapper, Adult Snapper, Flathead, Bream, Mullet, Garfish and Squid.


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Kerferd Road Pier Fishing

Fishing Kerferd Road Pier gets land-based anglers out into some great action with snapper, flathead and bream being a few of the target fish species.

It is not a huge pier, compared say Station Pier, but it produces some great catches year after year.

At times you’ll bag some good garfish and squid, too.


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Lagoon Pier Fishing

Fishing Lagoon Pier is a great way to target a large variety of saltwater fish so close to Melbourne year-round.

While there’s often a lot of smaller pinkies, flathead and mullet around there are some good-sized flathead numbers and snapper taken each year.

Lagoon Pier fishing for garfish and squid can also be productive.


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Yarra Estuary Fishing Fishermans Bend

Yarra River Estuary fishing is a great place for families.

It produces pinky snapper, mullet and bream, often small in size and big in numbers.  Perfect for some catch and release fishing with the kids.

On occasion, it produces some much larger models of snapper, flathead and bream.  As well as the highly sought after Mulloway.

Often referred to as Fishermans Bend, the area is best known for being the home of the now-closed GMH car factory.


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Port Melbourne Kayak Fishing

Fishing Port Melbourne Kayak FishingIt’s possible to launch a kayak and do some great kayak fishing from several places around the Port Melbourne region.

The easiest place would be the Williamstown Boat Ramp in Newport. Near The Warmies.

Alternatively, you can launch from the beaches and make your way up into the Port Melbourne Area and Yarra Estuary.

Finally, you could start upstream of the Yarra or Maribyrnong and work your way down to the ports.

Just keep in mind you are sharing this port with some enormous ships. Huge cargo vessels, tugboats, cruise ships even naval vessels on occasion.

They cannot avoid you – you must avoid them. They are too big to stop quickly and turn large to turn safely.

Port Melbourne Fish Species

Fish SpeciesQuick Info
Australian-Salmon
Australian Salmon
Season: All Year Round
Seasonal Note: Common for schools to move through, chopping up the water before moving on. Can be common during cooler months.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Black Bream
Season: All Year Round
Seasonal Note: Can become less active during Winter. Activity picking up late August. Active during warmer months.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Crabs, Earthworms, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Whitebait

Flathead
Season: All Year Round
Seasonal Note:
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets
Garfish
Garfish
Season: All Year Round - More common in cooler months.
Seasonal Note: 40 or More Species found in Victorian Waters
Suggested Bait: Small pieces of fish, bread, pippis or chicken suspended beneath either a float or feeder float are popular garfish rigs.

Gummy Shark
Season: All Year Round
Seasonal Note: Larger species are caught in Port Phillip & Western Port during April to July. With the Peak Month considered too be May.
Suggested Bait: Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Pilchards, Squid, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whiting Fillets

Mullet
Season: All Year Round
Seasonal Note: Can sometimes be the only game in town during cooler weather.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Earthworms, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Squid Tentacles

Mulloway
Season: All Year Round
Seasonal Note:
Suggested Bait: Squid, Pilchards, Whitebait, Bluebait, Pippis, Prawn, Chicken, Fish Fillets

Pinky Snapper
Season: All Year Round. But much more prevalent during warmer months.
Seasonal Note: October through to March.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Pilchards, Pipis, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Snapper
Season: Later September to end of March.
Seasonal Note: Adult specimens often come closer towards shore to feed on reefs during rougher weather.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Crabs, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Squid
Season: All Year Round.
Seasonal Note: Best fished when waters are clear with little turbulence. Top times can be during June to September.
Suggested Bait: Squid Jig - artificial or with a bait such as minnow, whitebait, bluebait, pilchard or prawn.

Whiting
Season: November to April
Seasonal Note: Known to migrate from Victoria to South Australia during cooler months.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait
*Some fish species vary according to time of year and local environmental conditions.

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Fishing Port Melbourne Review Summary

Port Melbourne fishing is one of those experiences that many lifetime fishos from Melbourne are likely to hold fondly.

For over a century fishing Port Melbourne has been one of the most popular pastimes in the area.

There's a wealth of hotspots to choose from.  Both piers, river banks and beaches.

As well as a wonderful range of fish species to target.

If you live in Melbourne and have never enjoyed a Port Melbourne fishing session, I suggest you try.

     

Pros

  • 5.0 km from Melbourne CBD
  • Accessable from most Melbourne suburbs by car and public transport
  • Produces some great fishing all year round
  • Wide variety of habitats from piers, river banks, bay and estuary fishing

Cons

  • Can be busy commuting in peak hour
  • Parking can be expensive in some places
  • Toilet facilities, in some spots, non existent

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David Scott Kane - Fishing Writer, Software Developer, Founder Getfished

G'day!

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.)

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