Werribee South Fishing – River Entrance

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AddressWerribee South River Entrance
Lat/Lng-37.972734, 144.687387
Distance30.0 km from Melbourne
Current Temp13.2 °C- Stable - Station: Werribee
Barometer1010.0 hPa - Stable
WindS - 32 km/h
Fishability Fishing Forecast Rating Star Fishing Forecast Rating Star Fishing Forecast Rating Star Fishing Forecast Rating Star 4/5

Werribee South Fishing – River Entrance Overview

Fishing Werribee South River EntranceWerribee South fishing offers the Werribee South Pier on the estuary, Werribee South Boat Ramp, and more fishing at the Werribee South beach. As well as the adjacent Wyndham Harbour rock wall.

One of my favourite spots in the Werribee South Pier. I’ve spent a lot of time on the pier. I’ve discovered it has good and bad years and good and bad times of the year.

Bream is the target most often sought by shore-based anglers on the pier. Flathead from the beach – and the pier – and whiting being the other species of interest.

Using the Werribee South boat ramp, heading out of the mouth into Port Phillip Bay gives access to deeper water with pinkie snapper, adult snapper, calamari, and Australian Salmon.

Naturally, other great bay species like flathead are there too.

The location is great for small and larger vessels. The mouth is always open and has a clearly marked channel for boaties.  The caveat remains, however, when the river channel is dredged.

Weed is all too often a factor in reducing usability, especially for average to large-sized craft.

I’ve written and complained about this to the local shire council.  I suggest you do so too.  You can contact them here if you find it is still not being maintained when you visit.

Werribee South River Entrance A Nice Spot For Families

The river entrance pier is nice for families, though it can get pretty busy, so start early.

The only reason I’ve rated this nice spot as 4 stars is that in recent years there’s been a lack of annual dredging and a lack of upkeep on the toilet area.

This has resulted in some of the boat ramps becoming difficult as well as frequent snagging of your line on weed off the Werribee South pier.

Plus a gut-wrenching experience, at times, if you use the toilets. An indictment on the council.

The state governments policy of improving Victorias boat ramps should see dredging completed more regularly.  However, I’m yet to see this happening in this area.

Hopefully restoring this Werribee South boat ramp and river entrance to its former status and worthy of 5 stars.

I Have A Great Deal Of Affection For Werribee South

I have fished here a lot. It may not seem like it. But I have a great deal of affection for the area as a fishing location. Especially the Werribee South Pier.

The lack of upkeep has led to a sense of disappointment. I sincerely hope the Victorian State Government and Local Council address some of the glaring concerns.

A lot of Melbourne municipalities would love an attraction like this area. It’s good for the residents, it’s good for Victoria – it’s good for local business!

The area is certainly worth caring for the facilities better than they do.

I rate it as well worth the visit for fishing.

What Fish Can You Catch At Werribee South?

At Werribee South fishing for the following fish species is possible:

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

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

Werribee South Fishing Tips

  • Fishing Werribee SouthConsider using weedless rigs to avoid snagging your line as the river can be thick with weed
  • Fish Species: Bream, Flathead, Pinky Snapper, Occasional Mulloway & rarely a Gummy Shark.
  • Good bait: Pippis, bluebait or pillies. Whitebait, prawn, worms after rain. Chicken breast.
  • 10 to 20lb main line. You can a little lighter if you’re using a leader.A
  • 7 to 9foot estuary style spinning rod is perfect here.
  • Paternoster or Running sinker rigs work well. My preference is paternoster if using small bait like pippis.
  • Berley is essential on the Werribee River in my experience. It gives you a big edge over other anglers.


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Despite some of the negatives, this is actually one of my favourite fishing spots.

It can produce some great catches of Bream.

Flathead is a little less common than they once were in the river.

Well worth fishing. Fish light. Fish weedless. Be prepared for weed, particularly after Winter during Spring.

Pros

  • Close and easy access via Princess Freeway
  • Family-friendly - children under strict supervision
  • Good range of fish habitats and fish species
  • In the right conditions, good bream and flathead
  • Parking very good and free.

Cons

  • Toilets often disgraceful. Not quite as bad as St Kilda, but can get pretty close. Blech!!
  • The river can be affected by fertiliser runoff which results in occasional fish kills.
  • Area can smell badly at times due to sewerage treatment plant & local market garden fertiliser activities

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

G'day!

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