River fishing in Victoria is actually divided, for the most part, into three kinds.

The slower moving, wide and deep, warmer and mighty rivers to the north of the Great Dividing Range. Such as the Murray, Ovens and Goulburn.

The streams to the south are generally smaller and cooler and run directly into the sea in Victoria itself.

The mountain waters are often streams that offer trout fishing conditions similar to those one might expect in the Northern Hemisphere. Trout, of course, is an introduced, but carefully managed, fish species in Victora.

Check out some river fishing locations below – or recent Victorian River Fishing Collated Reports.


Fishing Locations

Plenty River Fishing

Plenty River fishing can be challenging.  The banks can be steep.  The water is often very shallow. The Plenty River stretches from the Great Dividing Range as a stream.…

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Werribee Fishing

Werribee Fishing opportunities include the Werribee South Pier, Beach and of course access to the Werribee River via the Boat Ramp. There’s also plenty of…

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Fishing Reports YTD 2022

This year’s fishing reports where fish have been caught in a Victorian River during 2022.

Note that these reports are collated by Getfished from a variety of reports submitted to us and from other online sources.

DateLocationSpeciesBaitLureRig            
May 30, 2022Broken RiverMurray CodCheese
May 30, 2022Broken RiverMurray CodChicken
May 30, 2022Broken RiverMurray CodScrub Worms
May 30, 2022Broken RiverMurray CodBassman Aussie Crawler
May 30, 2022Broken RiverMurray CodJackal Pompadour
May 30, 2022Broken RiverMurray CodSingle Blade Old Mate
June 2, 2022Broken River,VicMurray CodBalista Hunchbacks
June 2, 2022Broken River,VicYellow BellyLipless Crank Baits
June 2, 2022Broken River,VicYellow BellySmall Divers
June 2, 2022Broken River,VicMurray CodScrub Worms
June 2, 2022Broken River,VicYellow BellyScrub Worms
June 2, 2022Broken River,VicMurray CodChicken
June 2, 2022Broken River,VicYellow BellyChicken
June 9, 2022Tanjil River,VicRainbow Trout
June 10, 2022Cumberland River, VicRainbow TroutStrike Tiger Nymphs
June 10, 2022Murray River,VicFreshwater Crayfish
June 23, 2022Barwon River Ocean Grove,VicSilver TrevallySoft Plastics
June 23, 2022Barwon River Ocean Grove,VicAustralian SalmonSoft Plastics
June 23, 2022Broken River,VicEuropean CarpEarthworms
June 23, 2022Patterson River,VicAustralian SalmonSoft Plastics
July 2, 2022Barwon River Ocean GroveSilver TrevallySoft Plastics
July 2, 2022Barwon River Ocean GroveAustralian SalmonSoft Plastics
July 2, 2022Barwon River Ocean GroveEstuary PerchSoft Plastics
July 2, 2022Nicholson River EstuaryBlack BreamSoft Plastics
July 7, 2022Nicholson River EstuaryBlack BreamPrawn
July 16, 2022Bemm RiverBlack BreamSoft Plastics
July 16, 2022Barwon River Ocean GroveSilver TrevallyZman Grubz
July 16, 2022Barwon River Ocean GroveAustralian SalmonZman Grubz
July 16, 2022Barwon River Ocean GroveEstuary PerchZman Grubz
July 16, 2022Broken RiverYellow BellyScrub Worms
July 16, 2022Broken RiverFreshwater Crayfish
July 29, 2022Nicholson RiverBlack Bream
July 30, 2022Barwon River Ocean GroveEstuary PerchSoft Plastics
July 30, 2022Barwon River Ocean GroveAustralian SalmonSoft Plastics
July 30, 2022Barwon River Ocean GroveSilver TrevallySoft Plastics
August 6, 2022Hopkins RiverRainbow TroutSoft Plastic Minnow
August 12, 2022Broken RiverYellow Belly
August 12, 2022Murray RiverMurray CodCheese
August 12, 2022Murray RiverMurray CodChicken
August 12, 2022Murray RiverMurray CodScrub Worms
August 12, 2022Murray RiverMurray CodTremors
August 14, 2022Patterson RiverEstuary Perch
August 16, 2022Michell RiverBlack BreamPrawn
August 16, 2022Michell RiverBlack BreamSoft Shell Crab
August 16, 2022Tambo River EstuaryBlack BreamSoft Shell Crab
August 16, 2022Tambo River EstuaryBlack BreamPrawn
August 16, 2022Nicholson River EstuaryBlack BreamPrawn
August 16, 2022Nicholson River EstuaryBlack BreamSoft Shell Crab
August 16, 2022Bemm RiverAustralian SalmonMetal Slugs
August 16, 2022Bemm RiverBlack BreamPrawn
August 19, 2022Patterson RiverBlack BreamScrub Worms
August 19, 2022Yarra River Launching PlaceBlackfish
August 22, 2022Patterson RiverGarfishMaggots
August 22, 2022Michell River EstuaryBlack BreamPrawn
August 22, 2022Tambo River EstuaryBlack BreamSoft Shell Crab
August 27, 2022Footscray Maribyrnong RiverYellow Eye MulletChickenRunning Sinker Rig
August 27, 2022Wangaratta Ovens RiverEuropean CarpEarthwormsRunning Sinker Rig
August 29, 2022Werribee RiverBlack Bream
August 29, 2022Nicholson RiverBlack Bream
August 29, 2022Patterson RiverGarfishMaggots
August 29, 2022Michell River EstuaryBlack BreamPrawn
August 29, 2022Tambo River EstuaryBlack BreamSoft Shell Crab
August 29, 2022Nicholson RiverBlack BreamSand Worm
August 29, 2022Bemm RiverBlack BreamPrawn
August 29, 2022Bemm RiverAustralian SalmonMetal Spoon
September 3, 2022Patterson RiverBlack BreamEarthworms
September 3, 2022Patterson RiverBlack BreamSoft Shell Crab
September 3, 2022Glenelg River NelsonBlack BreamSoft Plastics
September 3, 2022Glenelg River NelsonEstuary PerchSmall Hardbodies
September 4, 2022Werribee RiverAustralian BassSoft Plastics
September 8, 2022Cumberland RiverBrown TroutJerk Baits
September 8, 2022Kennet RiverBrown TroutJerk Baits
September 8, 2022St Georges RiverBrown TroutJerk Baits
September 8, 2022Aire RiverBrown TroutJerk Baits
September 8, 2022Shepparton Jordan's Bend Gouburn RiverYellow BellyEarthworms
September 8, 2022Mitchell River Two BellsBlack Bream
September 8, 2022Mitchell River Grassy BanksYellow Eye Mullet
September 8, 2022Mitchell River EstuaryTailor
September 8, 2022Nicholson River EstuaryBlack BreamSoft Shell Crab
September 8, 2022Bemm RiverBlack BreamPrawn
September 8, 2022Bemm River ChannelAustralian SalmonMetal Spoon
September 8, 2022Goulburn RiverRainbow TroutPowerbait
September 8, 2022Latrobe RiverBrown Trout
September 8, 2022Thompson RiverBrown TroutRapala
September 14, 2022Latrobe RiverAustralian BassEarthworms
September 14, 2022Latrobe RiverEuropean CarpEarthworms
September 14, 2022Nicholson River EstuaryBlack BreamSand Worms
September 14, 2022Nicholson RiverYellow Eye MulletSand Worms
September 17, 2022Goulburn RiverRainbow TroutSoft Plastics
September 17, 2022Mitchell River EstuaryBlack BreamPrawn
September 17, 2022Tambo River EstuaryBlack BreamPrawn
September 17, 2022Nicholson River EstuaryBlack BreamPrawn
September 17, 2022Bemm RiverBlack BreamCut Crab
September 17, 2022Bemm RiverAustralian SalmonMetal Spoon
September 17, 2022Tambo River EstuaryFlatheadSoft Shell Crab
September 21, 2022Goulburn RiverRainbow Trout
September 14, 2022Goulburn RiverBrown Trout
September 21, 2022Patterson RiverBlack BreamMaggots
September 23, 2022Mitchell River EstuaryBlack BreamSoft Shell Crab
September 23, 2022Tambo River EstuaryBlack Bream
September 23, 2022Nicholson River EstuaryBlack Bream
September 23, 2022Bemm RiverBlack Bream
September 23, 2022Bemm RiverAustralian Salmon

Fishing Map

Inland waterways in Victoria range from faster streams to slow-moving, mighty inland environments.

While inland - over the Great Dividing Range tend to be warmer coastal streams vary considerably in temperature and are generally more variable and cooler.

Some are navigable by boat, particularly the slower, deeper waterways such as the Murray and Goulburn.

Many of the larger waterways are dammed, sometimes in several places. These make extensive lake systems that further alter the natural fishing environment. This has affected the flow of those waterways. As the dams were built for agricultural irrigation the flow is often faster during the summer months when outflows are increased due to demand.

It should be noted that the damming has been detrimental to some native fish species. Fish like Murray Cod tend to spawn during floods. Dams often reduce flooding and wetlands. Reducing spawning opportunities

Victorian Rivers Fishing FAQ

What fish can I catch in Victorian Rivers?

Sadly one of the most prolific fish species in Victorian streams is the obnoxious, imported pest the “European Carp.”
While some people do target this species – and eat them – for the most fishos they are an annoying by-catch that causes massive damage to native fish stocks and muddying of the waterways due to their mud foraging activities.
Carp should not, by law, be returned to waterways when caught. They are proscribed pests and should be dispatched as quickly and humanely as possible.
I’ve found a good use for carp – digging them into the compost and veggie garden. That’s what I do with any I catch.
However – there’s a range of excellent native species that most people do enjoy catching. Some are also imported and even managed by the Victorian State Government Fisheries Authority.
These desirable species include Redfin (English Perch) and Brown and Rainbow Trout.
A wide variety of baits and lures can be used to target these species including worms, Bardi grubs, chicken, artificial flies and lures, soft plastics etc.
While native species include the prized Murray Cod, Yellowbelly, River Blackfish, native catfish, freshwater crayfish, yabbies etc.
Native species take a variety of baits and lures. Murray Cod and Yellowbelly are often targeted on diving lures such as “Stump-jumpers”, spinners, surface lures and soft plastics. While baits include worms, Bardi grubs, yabbies, fish fillets and chicken.


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2 Comments

    1. G’day David

      Very true. Will be updating soon and will add Bass and a few others. Thanks for taking some time out to remind me!!

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