Autumn Victoria – Great Fishing Locations 2021

Fishing Victorian Rivers

Victoria's rivers range from the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers around Melbourne. The Werribee River to the south-west and the mighty inland rivers that include the Ovens, Goulburn and Campaspe. With the Victorian border of NSW being divided by the Murray River.

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

While inland rivers 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 rivers such as the Murray and Goulburn rivers.

Many of the larger rivers 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 of rivers has been detrimental for 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 Locations

Fishing Sweeneys Flats Eltham

Sweeneys Flats

October 29, 2020
Fish The Yarra River Sweeneys Flats Eltham is well known to locals. With its bushland setting sitting on the Yarra River it offers a number

Powlett River Fishing Kilcunda

Powlett River

October 30, 2020
The Powlett River Estuary, five minutes from the township of Kilcunda, is often blocked to the sea. Causing it to form a wide, shallow lake.

The Warmies Newport


October 29, 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

Fishing Werribee South River Entrance

Werribee South

October 29, 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

Plenty River

Plenty River Fishing

October 29, 2020
The Plenty River stretches from the Great Dividing Range as a stream, running through the North Eastern Towns & Suburbs of Whittlesea, Plenty, Greensborough until it meets the Yarra River in Heidelberg. The Plenty River is considered Perennial as it often runs dry in sections during some summer seasons. Fishing is varied. Care must be taken due to pollution levels which can be quite extreme at times.

Yarra Estuary Port Melbourne Fishing

Yarra Estuary

October 29, 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


What fish can I catch in Victorian Rivers?

Sadly one of the most prolific fish species in Victorian rivers is the obnoxious, imported pest the “European Carp.”

While some people do target this species – and eat them – for the most fisho’s 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 a proscribed pest 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 include worms, Bardi grubs, chicken, artificial fly’s 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.



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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