Port Phillip Bay Fishing Spots

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Port Phillip Bay is one of the largest inland seas in the Southern Hemisphere.  Connected to Bass Straight and the associated Southern Ocean.

Nearly the entire shoreline of the bay encompasses the city of Melbourne and it's bayside suburbs.  Including the regional city of Geelong.

The heads are narrow leading into a shallow, broad and very beautiful bay. It is its size and shallowness that result in conditions that can change rapidly from calm and docile to life-threatening when it comes to small boats.

Port Phillip Bay in effect an enormous estuary.  Thousands of years ago, as reflected in geology and aboriginal stories, the bay suddenly filled with water.  Previously being drier ground with swampy terrain.  The Yarra River flowing out to Port Phillip Heads.

See the Port Phillip Bay Fishing Spots FAQ

Fishing Altona Pier

Fishing Altona Pier

18.6 km from Melbourne GPO

Altona Pier Fishing Tips Altona Pier, in recent times, had an artificial reef placed just off the end of the… Read More

Altona Boat Ramp

Altona Boat Ramp

18.2 km from Melbourne GPO

Altona boat ramp is a great place to launch a boat. Be it a fishing boat, tinny or even kayak. … Read More

Blueys Boat Hire

Blueys Boat Hire

26km from Melbourne via Nepean Highway

Note, that I have not personally used Blueys Boat Hire services. As such I cannot make any specific personal recommendations… Read More

Ferguson Street Pier Williamstown

Ferguson Street Pier Williamstown

14.6 km from Melbourne's GPO via M1

Ferguson Street Pier, being close to the city of Melbourne, means it can get crowded – especially weekends.  However,… Read More

Gem Pier Fishing

Gem Pier Fishing

14.6 km from Melbourne's GPO via M1

Gem Pier gets pretty busy.  I’d look at fishing weekdays and evenings or early mornings. Over weekends and public holidays,… Read More

Kerferd Road Pier

Kerferd Road Pier

5.9 km from Melbourne's GPO

Kerferd Road Pier produces the usual fishing suspects on Port Phillip Bay. Snapper, Flathead, Flounder, Trevally and Mullet… Read More

Fishing Lagoon Pier

Fishing Lagoon Pier

5.9 km from Melbourne's GPO

Lagoon Pier is known to produce fish all year round.  Because it’s so close to the city it can get… Read More

Mordialloc Beach Fishing

Mordialloc Beach Fishing

26km from Melbourne via Nepean Highway

During the summer months, Mordialloc beach gets pretty crowded. From swimmers, sunbakers to the local beach volleyball clubs. Mordialloc… Read More

Mordialloc Boat Ramp

Mordialloc Boat Ramp

26km from Melbourne via Nepean Highway

The Mordialloc Boat Ramp provides small craft access to Port Phillip Bay (often affectionately known by the acronym… Read More

Fishing Mordialloc Pier

Fishing Mordialloc Pier

26km from Melbourne via Nepean Highway

Mordialloc Pier is a beautiful long pier extending 174 metres (570.86 feet). Read More

Point Richards Boat Ramp Portarlington

Point Richards Boat Ramp Portarlington

103 km from Melbourne via the Princess Highway

The Point Richards Boat Ramp Portarlington is located just outside of Corio Bay, directly onto Port Phillip Bay. While now… Read More

Fishing Port Melbourne – Easy Access, 10 Mins From City

Fishing Port Melbourne – Easy Access, 10 Mins From City

5.9 km from Melbourne's GPO

Port Melbourne is the closest Port Phillip Bay fishing to the city. Many of the local fishing spots are… Read More

Portarlington Caravan Park Beach – Shorebased Fishing

Portarlington Caravan Park Beach – Shorebased Fishing

104 km from Melbourne

The Portarlington Caravan Park beach is just in front of the park. I recommend at and after dusk and… Read More

Portarlington Holiday Park Boat Ramp

Portarlington Holiday Park Boat Ramp

104 km from Melbourne

The Portarlington Holiday Park Boat Ramp is provided for the caravan and camping patrons. I’ve not personally launched… Read More

Fishing Portarlington Pier

Fishing Portarlington Pier

104 km from Melbourne

Fishing Portarlington Pier Fishing Tips Portarlington Pier is a great, comfortable pier to fish. Good water depth. A nice reef… Read More

Portarlington Rock Wall Fishing

Portarlington Rock Wall Fishing

104 km from Melbourne

Portarlington Rock Wall forms a safe harbour for boats and adjoins the Portarlington pier. The Rock Wall has… Read More

Fishing Sandringham Jetties, Rockwall & By Kayak

Fishing Sandringham Jetties, Rockwall & By Kayak

17.4 kms from Melbourne

Fishing Sandringham has proven to be very successful for me. Sandringham is a bayside suburb located on Melbourne’s beautiful… Read More

St Kilda Boat Ramp

St Kilda Boat Ramp

8.8 km from Melbourne GPO

St Kilda Boat Ramp is part of the extensive St Kilda Marina complex. As far as boat ramps go it… Read More

St Kilda Pier Fishing

St Kilda Pier Fishing

7.6 km from Melbourne

St Kilda Pier Fishing on a warm summers night was how I started targetting flathead and pinkies… Read More

Fishing Station Pier Port Melbourne

Fishing Station Pier Port Melbourne

5.9 km from Melbourne's GPO

A firm favourite fishing spot, going back to the nineteenth century, Station Pier Port Melbourne is located on Beach Street. Read More

The Warmies – “If the stack’s blowing… I know where I’m going!”

The Warmies – “If the stack’s blowing… I know where I’m going!”

14.6 km from Melbourne's GPO via M1

The Warmies is considered to be one of the finest spots for fishing in Melbourne, by many. While it’s technically… Read More

Fishing Werribee South

Fishing Werribee South

40 km from Melbourne via Princess Highway

Fishing Werribee River Entrance Fishing Tips Werribee South offers a pier on the estuary, a boat ramp and beach… Read More

Werribee South Beach Fishing

Werribee South Beach Fishing

40 km from Melbourne via Princess Highway

The Werribee South Beach extends from the river mouth north to the rock wall at Wyndham Harbour. The beaches… Read More

Werribee South Pier Fishing

Werribee South Pier Fishing

40 km from Melbourne via Princess Highway

Fishing the Werribee South Pier (on the Werribee River Estuary) can be a challenge in the early part of… Read More

Fishing Williamstown

Fishing Williamstown

14.6 km from Melbourne's GPO via M1

Williamstown, located on Port Phillip Bay right near the mouth of the Yarra River. It offers a wealth of… Read More

Williamstown Boat Ramp

Williamstown Boat Ramp

14.6 km from Melbourne's GPO via M1

Williamstown Boat Ramp is one of the better boat ramps in Melbourne, having relatively recently been upgraded. It’s located in… Read More

Wyndham Harbour Rock Wall

Wyndham Harbour Rock Wall

40 km from Melbourne via Princess Highway

Wyndham Harbour Rock Wall is a relatively new area. The rock wall, however, has begun producing fish. It allows you… Read More

Port Phillip Bay Fishing Spots FAQ

What fish occur in Port Phillip Bay?

Port Phillip Bay fish species are as abundant as they are varied.
From small “bait fish” through to game fish like Snapper, several shark species, including the excellent table qualities of the Gummy Shark.
Popular fish often targetted by anglers include Flathead, Snapper, Whiting, Australian Salmon, Tailor, Silver Trevally, Gummy Sharks, Calamari (Squid), bream, mullet and garfish.

Do you require a Fishing License?

Yes, a fishing license is required in all Victoria waters.  There are exceptions to this including persons under 18 and over 70, certain pensions and indigenous persons.
Please check with the Victorian Fishing Authority website for more information.

What are the main estuaries in Port Phillip Bay?

The Yarra river mouth is the largest estuary flowing into Port Phillip.  The is joined upstream from the mouth by the Maribyrnong River.  Making one larger estuarine area.
Other notable estuaries include Mordialloc Creek, Patterson River and Werribee River.  There are a few smaller creeks that flow into the bay. These are not generally targeted for fishing.

What Weather conditions affect the Bay?

Port Phillip is subjected to a wide variety of weather patterns.
While it is often calm it can change dramatically in a very short space of time.
The influence of Bass Straight and associated weather patterns from the Southern Ocean being a major driver of weather and bay conditions.
However, it is also affected by inland weather conditions that can be equally variable.  Strong northerly winds can make boating riskier at times – including producing sudden summer squalls.
Because of this, a keen eye on the weather conditions is a must – whether you are fishing off a boat or a pier.  As even the piers can, in some circumstances, be dangerous.
There’s a simple guide that may help you make a decision that I’ve written here:  Wave Heights Port Phillip Bay Boat Guide.
Also – the Weather Bureau’s website is a must as it provides regular updates on bay conditions and should be consulted before – and during bay activity.  Particularly if you are boating.

Pier Fishing On Port Phillip

For land-based fishos, Pier Fishing on Port Phillip Bay is one of the easiest ways to get into some deeper water and try from bigger fish.
Catches of flathead, bream, calamari, whiting, pinkiesPinky Snapper Pinky SnapperThe name "Pinky Snapper" refers to the immature Snapper.  Their skin colour is different from adults (its pinker.)

Adulthood is usually considered on fish greater than 40cm - or in the 1.5 to 2kg - range, with darker red colouration.
Pinky Snapper Pre-Tied Rigs
and snapper are all possible.
Plus – piers can be a great place to take the kids, to get them fishing.  Taking due care to keep the smaller ones safe.