Autumn Victoria – Great Fishing Locations 2021

Piers – Land-based Victorian Fishing Hotspots

Piers offer some of the best Autumn fishing in Melbourne (and Victoria), for land-based anglers. Much of the closest is to be had around Port Phillip and Western Port Bays. Each pier giving you access to a variety of fish…

Piers offer some of the best Autumn fishing in Melbourne (and Victoria), for land-based anglers. Much of the closest is to be had around Port Phillip and Western Port Bays.

Each pier giving you access to a variety of fish species including flathead, whiting, bream, garfish, calamari (squid) and snapper amongst others.  The species to target depending on the location and seasonal factors.

Fishing From Piers

  • Fishing from piers is one of the easiest ways for land-based anglers to reach fish.
  • Piers provide the land-based angler with the opportunity to get out into deeper waters.
  • They also provide habitat for marine life which attracts fish species into the area.

I’ve love fishing from piers so much I went so far as to build my homemade fishing cart. You can read the step by step guide on how I did it at the link above. It definitely helped make pier fishing easier and more enjoyable for me.

See the Pier Fishing Melbourne & Victoria FAQ

10 Best Pier Fishing Locations In Melbourne & Victoria

The Getfished Guide to some of the best piers in Melbourne and Victoria.

altona pier

  • 1 Altona Pier
  • Last Updated: October 29, 2020
    Altona Pier, in recent times, had an artificial reef placed just off the end of the pier. Making the pier one of the best Altona

    ferguson street pier

  • 2 Ferguson Street Pier
  • Last Updated: October 29, 2020
    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

    gem pier

  • 3 Gem Pier
  • Last Updated: October 29, 2020
    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

    Fishing Kerferd Road Pier

  • 4 Kerferd Road Pier
  • Last Updated: October 29, 2020
    Kerferd Road Pier produces the usual fishing suspects on Port Phillip Bay. Snapper, Flathead, Flounder, Trevally, Mullet and Calamari are all caught by anglers. There’s

    Fishing Lagoon Pier

  • 5 Lagoon Pier
  • Last Updated: October 29, 2020
    Lagoon Pier is known to produce fish all year round.  Because it’s so close to the city it can get busy at times. I’ve tended

    Mordialloc Pier Fishing

  • 6 Mordialloc Pier
  • Last Updated: January 24, 2021
    Mordialloc Pier is a beautiful long pier extending 174 metres (570.86 feet). Located in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Mordialloc.  It provides excellent land-based fishing of Port Phillip Bay.

    Fishing Portarlington Pier

  • 7 Portarlington Pier
  • Last Updated: October 29, 2020
    Portarlington Pier: a comfortable pier to fish. Good water depth. Fish for Australian Salmon, Pinkies, Snapper, Flathead, Squid.

    station pier port melbourne

  • 8 Station Pier
  • Last Updated: October 29, 2020
    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

    Fishing Werribee South River Entrance

  • 9 Werribee South Pier
  • Last Updated: October 29, 2020
    Fishing the Werribee South Pier (on the Werribee River Estuary) can be a challenge in the early part of the season. From September through to

    St Kilda Pier

  • 10 St Kilda Pier
  • Last Updated: October 29, 2020
    St Kilda Pier Fishing on a warm summers night was how I started targetting flathead and pinkies as a teenager. St Kilda Pier has seen

    Pier Fishing DIY Projects

    DIY Fishing Trolley Cart - Step By Step Instructions To Make Your Own

    If you do a fair bit of pier fishing you might like to check out my homemade fishing cart project.

    There’s a lot of fishing trollies around.

    Some commercial ones can be pretty expensive.

    This one is designed to be flexible.

    You can build as much or as little of it as you like.

    Follow the step by step DIY Pier Fishing Trolley project.

    Piers: Fishing Melbourne & Victoria FAQ

    What fish species can be caught from Victorian piers?

    Most piers are found on saltwater bays, estuaries and inlets in Victoria. Some are situated on freshwater, but they are nowhere near as common there.

    In freshwater pretty much any species occurring in the lake or river can be caught. Including freshwater staples like Murray Cod, trout, redfin, yellowbelly and European Carp.

    In saltwater, depending on the area, common pier catches include bream, garfish, immature “pinky snapper”, adult snapper, flathead, whiting, calamari (squid), Australian salmon, tailor and many more.

    As in all fishing target a specific species and use bait and rig accordingly. You stand a higher chance of catching fish by being specific, rather than hoping to catch anything that’s passing by,

    What is the best Bait for Pier Fishing in Australia?

    There actually isn’t actually “a best bait” as such. Some baits, however, have been shown to have more success than others. Bait, in this instance, refers to both natural baits and lures.

    Proven natural baits include pipis, prawns (shrimp), pilchards, whitebait, bluebait, beach worms, squid (tentacles and hood) and even chicken.

    Lures include soft plastics that emulate swimming fish in colours such as “motor oil” have proven to be effective on a number of fish, especially flathead. Berkley Gulp and Z-Man are very popular brands. While Savage have started to carve out some market share with their range.

    Crab imitation soft plastic lures such as Cranka Crabs™ and Savage Crabs™ enjoy a lot of success with species such as bream.

    While hardbody surface and diving lures can be effective for a number of species, including flathead and bream.

    What rod size should I use on a pier?

    Choose your pier rod according to what you are hoping to achieve inline with the location you are fishing.

    If your goal is to cast out and reach a reef area beyond the pier then a 10-foot or longer rod will be useful.

    Whereas if you’re spinning lures or soft plastics you may find a shorter rod between 6 to 9-foot to be more usable.

    Match your reel to the size of your rod. Bigger isn’t necessarily better.

    Some pier fisho’s use telescopic rods that extends anywhere from 12 to 22-feet. They often employ floats, when using this technique. Sometimes with no reel at all. Simply collapsing the rod to retrieve hooks or their fish.

    What is the Best Tide for Pier Fishing?

    It very much depends on the fish species and the depth of water at a location. Where there is deeper water surrounding a pier during low tide then one hour either side of high or low tide is considered best. In Australia species such as flathead can more actively feed when the tide is running out. So after the high tide turns can be excellent for flathead species.

    What is Pier Etiquette?

    Pier Etiquette is about considering others. Not letting your rods, tackle or catches block people from walking on the pier. Others shouldn’t have to step around your calamari, rod butts or strewn leaders. Don’t cast over other peoples lines. If you can’t cast without crossing lines drop your line off the side of the pier. Avoid using expletives where kids might be present.

    Don’t crowd out others already there. Not everybody has spare bait, spare rods, spare smokes, spare anything. Some people will gladly loan gear to you. But it’s not your right to expect it.

    Some people do not want to show you there catch, tell you what bait they are using or be anything else than cordial.



    I'm Dave, I live and fish in and around Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
    When it comes to fishing I love going out to land-based fishing spots, heading out in the tinny (aka an Aluminum Boat) and kayak fishing.

    I've been fishing since I was a teen. Beginning way back in the 1970s. It was a hobby I picked up myself as my family certainly had no interest. Making me the black sheep! My favourite fish is Flathead and Snapper. Though I'm partial to Flake (Gummy Shark) and Calamari too! While I enjoy fishing for freshwater species like Redfin and Murray Cod I prefer eating saltwater species. They're just so mouth-wateringly tasty!

    I love writing about some of my favourite Melbourne Fishing Spots while fishing around Victoria. As well as the tackle I use and test.
    If you see me while you're out fishing say "G' day" - I'll be the one in a bush hat.

    When I'm not fishing I'm working on my websites, such as Getfished, or writing computer software (my profession.)

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