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!

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 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 option.

Gem Pier Fishing

Fishing 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.

However, during the week and cooler weather, it can be a great spot attracting 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.

Ferguson Street Pier 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!”

The Warmies 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 Boat Ramp Fishing

Williamstown Fishing – Fish Species To Target

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.
Blue Spotted Flathead
Platycephalus caeruleopunctatus
All Year Round
More commonly caught in warmer months. But can be caught year round in many places.
Platycephalus sp
All Year Round
Gummy Shark
Mustelus antarcticus
All Year Round
Larger species are caught in Port Phillip & Western Port during April to July. With the Peak Month considered too be May.
King George whiting
Sillaginodes punctata
November to April
Known to migrate from Victoria to South Australian waters during cooler months.
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
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.
Sepioteuthis australis
All Year Round.
Best fished when waters are clear with little turbulence. Top times can be during June to September.
*Some fish species vary according to time of year and local environmental conditions.

Williamstown Fishing Review Summary

If your 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.


  • 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


  • 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 fisho’s at times.

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Where is Williamstown Located?

Williamstown is located to the south-west 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.