Williamstown Fishing Report Spring, 2022

In Williamstown the most popular fishing environment so far in 2022, based on calculated reports, has been Saltwater with 3 reports. Of those 3 were Landbased.

The most popular fish species targetted by fishos has been Black Bream with 2 reports.

In saltwater locations Werribee River was most often recorded. While the most reported freshwater fishing spot was Werribee River.



Top 10 Fishing Spots 2022

For Latest Reports, Rather Than The Summaries Please See The Latest Fishing Reports Page.

Spring Fishing Reports

#1 Saltwater Fishing Report Datapoints YTD
SpeciesBlack Bream2
BaitEarthworms1
Lure#N/A
LocationWerribee River2
#1 Freshwater Fishing Report Datapoints YTD
SpeciesAustralian Bass1
Bait#N/A
LureSoft Plastics1
LocationWerribee River2


Spring Species Fishing Reports



Spring Top 5 Bait Reported

Fishing Reports 2022 By Month

Sep is the busiest fishing month so far in 2022 with 3 reports.


Spring Landbased/Boat/Kayak Reports

Landbased, is currently the most popular so far in the last 12 months. With 3, reports.



Top 10 Fish Reported During The Last 12 Months In Williamstown

SpeciesReportsInformationBait/Lures
Flathead Flathead
Platycephalus sp
1Season: All Year Round
But much more prevalent during warmer months..
Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Spring Fishing Report Hotspots

Ferguson Street Pier

Ferguson Street Pier

Ferguson Street Pier is close to the city of Melbourne, which means it can get a bit crowded during the peak season of warmer summer weather.

Gem Pier

Gem Pier

Gem Pier in Williamstown is steeped in history. So if you’d like to try an awesome experience of mixing fishing along with some fantastic Melbourne history – give Gem Pier a try!

The Warmies

The Warmies

The Warmies fishing hot spot is considered to be one of the finest spots for fishing in Melbourne, by many.

Williamstown Boat Ramp

Williamstown Boat Ramp

Williamstown Boat Ramp is one of the better boat ramps in Melbourne, having relatively recently been upgraded. Sometimes referred to as Newport Boat Ramp due to the fact it is actually in the suburb of Newport, which is next to Williamstown.




Williamstown Fishing Reports Map




Williamstown fishing goes back to the early days of Melbourne. Located on Port Phillip Bay right around the corner from the mouth of the Yarra River.

It offers a wealth of piers and fishing opportunities. Plus it’s right next door to the heart of Melbourne.

Major Piers include Gem Pier and Ferguson Pier. There are a number of other piers and walkways that you can explore.

Fishing sees species such as Pinkie Snapper, Snapper and Flathead. Not to mention the Bream and barracouta.

In other words some pretty awesome fish species to be sought at Williamstown – right in close to the city!

Williamstown Fishing

Nearby to Williamstown – technically in the suburb of Newport – is The Warmies. This is an excellent spot for land-based fishing. The Warmies is technically located in the suburb of Newport. But it is frequently grouped by people as Williamstown due to the naming of the boat ramp there.

Upstream from the awesome Yarra River Estuary, the Maribyrnong River flows into the Yarra. This provides a significant estuary with excellent flows and a variety of fish species – including mulloway.

The area is partially composed of industrial and marine industries in some areas. Of note is the naval dockyard.

Williamstown pier is a great fishing spot for people in the west or inner city, but I find it’s not that near me to make it a personal favourite.

Having said that – don’t let my northeastern suburban Melbourne location put you off because a lot of folks fish the area with great success!

Admittedly I do fish the area, however. Normally heading down to the Warmies, sometimes known as The Hotties which a personal favourite.

Gem Pier Fishing

Gem Pier Fishing

Gem Pier is steeped in history.

So if you’d like to try an awesome experience of mixing fishing along with some fantastic Melbourne history – give Gem Pier a try!

I’d look at fishing on weekdays, evenings or early mornings to avoid crowds in warmer weather.

During weekends and on public holidays, Gem Pier is really too busy for my taste.

But it is an excellent land-based fishing

Ferguson Street Pier Fishing

Ferguson Street Pier Fishing

Ferguson Street Pier is close to the city of Melbourne, which means it can get a bit crowded during the peak season of warmer summer weather.

However, during the week and cooler weather, it can be a great spot to that attracts fewer people.

It is a great pier for targetting flathead and bream on soft plastics!

I’ve seen a lot of kids targeting mullet and garfish over the years.

The Warmies Fishing

The Warmies Fishing

The Warmies (aka “The Hotties”) is considered to be one of the finest spots for fishing in Melbourne, by many.

I’ve got to admit I love fishing the Warmies myself.

Back when the area was the industrial heart of Melbourne old-timers loved to say “If the stack’s blowing… I know where I’m going!”

Williamstown Boat Ramp Fishing

Williamstown Boat Ramp Fishing

Williamstown Boat Ramp is one of the better boat ramps in Melbourne, having relatively recently been upgraded.

Sometimes referred to as Newport Boat Ramp due to the fact it is actually in the suburb of Newport, which is right next door.

It’s located in the same location as the famous Warmies beloved of land-based anglers.


Williamstown Fishing – Fish Species To Target

Fish SpeciesQuick Info
Australian Salmon Australian Salmon
Arripis trutta
Common for schools to move through, chopping up the water before moving on. Can be common during cooler months.
Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets
Garfish Garfish
Hemiramphidae sp

Bait: Maggots, Whitebait or Bluebait Pieces, Bread Doung, Pipies, Prawn, Squid pieces, Sand worm.
Calamari Calamari
Sepioteuthis australis
Known commonly as Squid or Calamari. Best fished when waters are clear with little turbulence. Top times can be during June to September.
Bait: Fish mounted on squid bait jigs
Snapper Snapper
Mugilidae sp
Much more prevalent during warmer months. This name applies to juvenile specimens of Snapper.
Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets
Pinky Snapper (Juvenile Snapper) Pinky Snapper (Juvenile Snapper)
Mugilidae sp
Much more prevalent during warmer months. This name applies to juvenile specimens of Snapper.
Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets
Flathead Flathead
Platycephalus sp
But much more prevalent during warmer months..
Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets
Australian Salmon Australian Salmon
Arripis trutta
Common for schools to move through, chopping up the water before moving on. Can be common during cooler months.
Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets
Southern Black Bream Southern Black Bream
Acanthopagrus butcheri
Can become less active during Winter. Activity picking up in late August. Active during warmer months.
Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Crabs, Earthworms, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Whitebait


Williamstown Fishing Review Summary

If you fishing Williamstown for Bream and Squid fish light.

You don’t need heavy lines and lots of lead here. The current in Hobson’s Bay is minor unless there’s a blow on.

During a blow, some excellent snapper models can come in close. Making Williamstown Fishing pretty exciting.

At those times you’ll need a heavier line and some extra led.

The area is well worth fishing. Williamstown is pretty good for families for the most part.

Pros

  • Close to Melbourne – only 8.7km from GPO
  • Several Piers to Choose from
  • Locally the Boat Ramp and the Warmies are popular fishing spots
  • Consistent fishing reports for Bream, Pinkies, Squid and even Snapper

Cons

  • Can be busy on weekends and public holidays
  • Parking can be hard as its limited at times
  • Close to the city of Melbourne, so can be a lot of fishos at times.

Williamstown FAQ


Where is Williamstown Located?

Williamstown is located to southwest of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 37.8610° S, 144.8850° E. It is an inner suburb. It is famous for docking ships from the Australian Navy as well as being the home base for many commercial and non-commercial ships and boats. It offers excellent historical and contemporary fishing.



Dave Getfished