Werribee South Pier Fishing

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AddressWerribee South Boat Ramp, Diggers Road, Werribee South VIC, Australia
Lat/Lng-37.97312, 144.687159
Distance30.1 km from Melbourne
Current Temp15.9 °C- Stable - Station: Werribee
Barometer998.0 hPa - Stable
WindSE - 35 km/h
Fishability Fishing Forecast Rating Star Fishing Forecast Rating Star Fishing Forecast Rating Star Fishing Forecast Rating Star Fishing Forecast Rating Star 5/5

Werribee South Pier Fishing Overview

Fishing Werribee South Pier FishingWerribee South Pier fishing (on the Werribee River Estuary) can be a challenge in the early part of the season.

From September through to early December it can be a bit weedy.

The weediness has been worse in recent years due to a lack of dredging.

Hopefully, this will be fixed soon with the Vic governments emphasis on improving boat ramps. The Werribee Boat Ramp is adjacent to the pier.

The river also discolours after heavy rains, which can send the Bream off the bite.  Yeah, Bream is a finicky fish.

So I try to keep an eye on recent weather when I’m fishing at Werribee South.

As a general rule if there’s been heavy rain in the Western suburbs of Melbourne there’s a strong likelihood the Werribee River entrance will be discoloured.

Werribee South Pier Fishing Tips

While flathead is caught in the estuary of the Werribee South Pier I’ve found them to be more common from off the adjoining Werribee South beach area on Port Phillip Bay.

In my experience, there seems to be more flathead caught off the pier in the months following dredging after the water settles and more sand is exposed.

My advice is that the fishing light here makes sense. Keeping mainline at or below 10lb, with a slightly heavier leader if you must.

When the weed is thick it’s hard to keep your bait – or lures – out of it.

I wouldn’t use a running sinker for this reason. Though even a paternoster is going to get weed entangled at times.

At these times, regardless of the rig pattern chosen, I would recommend setting up a Weedless Rig.

Werribee South Pier Fishing - Target 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

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

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
*Some fish species vary according to time of year and local environmental conditions.


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Werribee South Pier Fishing Review Summary

Definitely worth a visit.  When the bream are biting fishing can be hectic.  Otherwise can be very slow going.

Be prepared for a lot of weed.  Consider using a weedless rig.  Particularly if spinning lures.

Current can flow fairly quickly at times.

The condition of the actual pier is excellent and very comfortable to fish.  The same can be said for the car parking which is free and extensive.

Overall it's family-friendly with a children's playground, picnic and BBQ facilities and a great view.

The toilets - I'd rate it as a travesty at times.

They can be left in a condition that I can only describe as some mad professors smelly and stomach-churning laboratory where demented creations may lurk and crawl - to swallow you whole.

Pros

  • Close to the inner city and Western suburbs. Not to bad access from Northern suburbs. Access via Princess Hwy
  • Good range of fish habitats. Beneath and out from the pier.
  • Bream a common target. But flathead, mullet and even Whiting and Pinkies are in the river.
  • Car Parking is very good. Free.

Cons

  • Toilets vary from fair to looking and smelling like an open drain at times
  • Weed build-up can make fishing challenging at times.
  • Warm nights can be very busy with swimming and fishing being popular.

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