Spring Victoria – Great Fishing Locations 2020

Port Phillip Bay Fishing

Port Phillip Bay is one of the largest inland seas in the Southern Hemisphere.  Connected to Bass Straight and the associated Southern Ocean. This beautiful bay operates, as far as fish species are concerned, like a giant estuary. That means the fish…

Port Phillip Bay is one of the largest inland seas in the Southern Hemisphere.  Connected to Bass Straight and the associated Southern Ocean. This beautiful bay operates, as far as fish species are concerned, like a giant estuary. That means the fish we like to catch, such as snapper and whiting, migrate into the bay for breeding during the summer months.

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

A favourite of land-based anglers is pier fishing Port Phillip Bay with some wonderful piers to choose from.

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. This bay is 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.

Boating is very popular on the bay and a number of boat ramps are available.

See the Fishing FAQ


Port Phillip Bay Fishing Locations


Mordialloc Beach Fishing

Mordialloc Beach Fishing

October 20, 2020
During the summer months, Mordialloc beach gets pretty crowded. From swimmers, sunbakers to the local beach volleyball clubs. Mordialloc Beach runs adjacent (to the west)




Portarlington Caravan Park Beach – Shorebased Fishing

Portarlington Caravan Park Beach – Shorebased Fishing

September 15, 2020
The Portarlington Caravan Park beach is just in front of the park. I recommend at and after dusk and then before and just after dawn




Portarlington Rock Wall

Fishing Portarlington Rock Wall

September 3, 2020
Portarlington Rock Wall forms a safe harbour for boats and adjoins the Portarlington pier. The Rock Wall has added a new dimension to fishing in





Wyndham Harbour Rock Wall

Fishing Wyndham Harbour Rock Wall

September 4, 2020
Wyndham Harbour Rock Wall is a relatively new area. The rock wall, however, has begun producing fish. It allows you to get a fair way




Fishing Portarlington Pier

Fishing Portarlington Pier

September 25, 2020
Portarlington Pier: a comfortable pier to fish. Good water depth. Fish for Australian Salmon, Pinkies, Snapper, Flathead, Squid.




Fishing Werribee South River Entrance

Fishing Werribee South Pier

September 4, 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





ferguson street pier

Fishing Ferguson Street Pier Williamstown

September 20, 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




altona pier

Fishing Altona Pier

September 24, 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




gem pier

Fishing Gem Pier

September 20, 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





St Kilda Pier

St Kilda Pier Fishing

September 24, 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




station pier port melbourne

Fishing Station Pier Port Melbourne

September 20, 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 Lagoon Pier

Fishing Lagoon Pier

September 20, 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





rock wall fishing

Sandringham Anchorage & Rockwall Fishing

September 3, 2020
Fishing Sandringham Anchorage has proven to be very successful for me. Sandringham is a bayside suburb located on Melbourne's beautiful Port Phillip Bay. In the




Fishing Werribee South River Entrance

Fishing Werribee South River Entrance

September 22, 2020
Werribee South offers a pier on the estuary, Werribee South Boat Ramp more fishing at the Werribee South beach. As well as the adjacent Wyndham




Portarlington Holiday Park Boat Ramp

Portarlington Holiday Park Boat Ramp

September 3, 2020
The Portarlington Holiday Park Boat Ramp is provided for the caravan and camping patrons. I’ve not personally launched from this ramp.  However, reports from those





The Warmies Newport

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

October 14, 2020
The Warmies is considered to be one of the finest spots for fishing in Melbourne, by many. I've got to admit I love fishing the




Yarra Estuary Port Melbourne Fishing

Yarra River Estuary Port Melbourne Fishing

September 3, 2020
The Yarra Estuary on the Port Melbourne side of the river is a good spot to take the kids fishing. Generally, I stick to the




Mordialloc Creek Fishing

Mordialloc Creek Fishing

September 22, 2020
For catch and release bream fishing Mordialloc Creek is awesome! However, I would not recommend eating the fish you catch here. The creek has a long history of pollution in the water.





Blueys Boat Hire

Blueys Boat Hire

October 20, 2020
Note, that I have not personally used Blueys Boat Hire services. As such I cannot make any specific personal recommendations one way or the other.




Werribee South Beach Fishing

Werribee South Beach Fishing

September 15, 2020
The Werribee South Beach extends from the Werribee River mouth north to the rock wall at Wyndham Harbour. The beaches to the south are off-limits




Fishing Altona Pier

Altona Boat Ramp

October 4, 2020
Ramp Overview Altona boat ramp is a great place to launch a boat. Be it a fishing boat, tinny or even kayak.  Excellent bay access





Portarlington Point Richards Boat Ramp

Point Richards Boat Ramp Portarlington

September 3, 2020
Ramp Overview The Point Richards Boat Ramp Portarlington is located just outside of Corio Bay, directly onto Port Phillip Bay. While now free to use,




Werribee South Boatramp Fishing

Werribee South Boat Ramp

September 4, 2020
Ramp Overview At the time of writing, boaties are calling on assistance to have the Werribee South Boat Ramp repaired. Technically there are six boat




St Kilda Boat Ramp

St Kilda Boat Ramp

September 3, 2020
Ramp Overview St Kilda Boat Ramp is part of the extensive St Kilda Marina complex. As far as boat ramps go it can vary in





Mordialloc Pier Fishing

Fishing Mordialloc Pier

October 5, 2020
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.




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Williamstown Boat Ramp

September 3, 2020
Ramp Overview Williamstown Boat Ramp is one of the better boat ramps in Melbourne, having relatively recently been upgraded. It's located in the same location




mordialloc boat ramp

Mordialloc Boat Ramp

September 3, 2020
The Mordialloc Boat Ramp provides small craft access to Port Phillip Bay (often affectionately known by the acronym PPB).





Port Phillip Bay FAQ

What fish occur in Port Phillip Bay?

Port Phillip Bay fish species are as abundant as they are varied.

SnapperFrom small “bait fish” through to game fish like Snapper, several shark species, including the excellent table qualities of the Gummy Shark.

Popular fish often targeted 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 fishing license 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, pinkies 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.

Are There Sharks In Port Phillip Bay?

Yes. For the most part, smaller and harmless species like Gummy Sharks and Schooling Sharks Gummy Sharkare common. Larger species such as Great White Sharks do come into the bay from time to time.

Great Whites ranging in size from juvenile to adult have been spotted. In 2009 a 4m specimen was photographed circling a small boat. Mako sharks also move in and out of the bay. Sometimes causing beach closures.

What Is The Best Bait For Snapper In Port Phillip Bay?

pilchards snapper baitPilchards are considered by many to be the best bait for snapper in Port Phillip Bay. However, snapper is often caught on other baits including whiting fillets, flathead fillets, squid tentacles and squid hooks. Some people also use chicken breast to great effect.

Increasingly people are catching good size snapper on soft plastic lures.

What Are The Most Popular Port Phillip Bay Fish Species For Fishing?

SnapperThe most popular Port Phillip Bay fish species include Snapper, Pinky Snapper, Flathead, Bream, Gummy Sharks, Australian Salmon, Mulloway, King George Whiting and Squid.

Where is Port Phillip Bay

Port Phillip Bay is located in the State of Victoria, Australia. 38.1732° S, 144.8731° E. The state capital of Melbourne is located at the top end of Port Phillip. Most of the Melbourne metropolitan area extends hundreds of kilometres around the shore of the bay.

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

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