Station Pier is currently closed to the public for fishing. It is not known if they pier will reopen for this purpose.

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 Bream, Flathead to Pinky Snapper, adult Snapper and Whiting.

Not to mention garfish at times and of course calamari (squid.)


Station Pier Fishing Overview

When fishing the Station Pier it should be remembered that at times it’s closed to fishing.

This is because the pier is used for docking the Melbourne to Tasmania passenger ferry “Spirit of Australia.”

Other cruise ships and even naval vessels use the pier to dock from time to time. This is to expected, it’s called Port Melbourne for a reason!

Look, if you’re living in the inner suburbs around the city, or a Port Melbourne local then this is a great pier, in my opinion.

Station Pier Fishing Tackle

Stick to the legal limit of two rods. Take a net for landing your catch as you’ll find it easier than straining a catch up this high structure with just the hook and line.

When it comes to the tackle I’d recommend for Station Pier fishing I’d opt for using a lighter tackle. No more than a 10lb line – or less. Keep your hook size down.

I recommend a rod no longer than 9 foot.  You could get away with a 10-foot beach rod.  But it can get seriously crowded at times.

I generally use a paternoster rig, but on occasion have used a running sinker with success as well.  Particularly when targeting flathead.

At times there’s a lot of foot traffic sightseeing. Both other fishos and people boarding ships and ferries. As well as well-wishers seeing people off.

So be cautious casting and keep an eye out for other peoples kids and your tackle.

Fishing Station Pier Bait

When fishing station pier good baits include pillies, chicken, whitebait, prawns and sandworms.

Most soft plastics will fish well here, too.  I’ve had a lot of success with motor oil colour swim swims.

For calamari, I tend to prefer to put a small float above the jig. But most people generally cast the jig and retrieve their squid jigs the normal way, without having a float attached. A matter of fishing style and preference, really.

The reason I use a float when fishing station pier and similar structures are it allows me to reduce the number of casts.  This can help when things are crowded with pedestrian traffic.

Note – it can make it a problem too, in that your squid jig can float and snarl other fishos lines.  So you can’t just cast and forget your jig and float!

However, if you’re living further afield, the west, outer north and outer eastern suburbs then there are other piers, not closed for shipping, that will be more worthwhile to visit.

Don’t overlook the fishing opportunities along the banks of the Yarra estuary, either.

Station Pier Fish Species

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.
Flathead
Platycephalus sp
All Year Round
Garfish
Hemiramphidae sp*

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.
Mullet
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
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.

Station Pier Fishing Review Summary

Look.  When it comes to fishing Station Pie if it wasn’t for the closures I’d rate this a 5/5 for Fishability.

However, the regular closures due to the docking and departing of ships make it pretty tough to fish.

That’s because when you can fish it the fact is Station Pier is a very productive pier.

It’s certainly well worth fishing as an experience.

Pros

  • Close and easy access to Melbourne & Inner suburbs
  • Family-friendly – children under strict supervision
  • Good range of fish habitats and fish species In the right conditions
  • You can target big Snapper In clear, calm conditions
  • Squid fishing can be productive.

Cons

  • Parking good, but can work out expensive during the day.
  • Toilets better than most. Sometimes fair – sometimes a bit less than desirable condition.
  • Subject to regular closures for shipping traffic such as the Spirit of Tasmania.
  • Possibly permanently closed to fishing.

Features At A Glance

FishabilityPier ConditionPublic Toilets
ParkingFamily FriendlyEnvironment & Pollution