Top 5 Victorian Saltwater Fishing Spots

If you’re like me you probably enjoy fishing at some of the great saltwater fishing spots in Victoria. But – it’s often a question of where?

Where are other people going? What are their favourite places?

While you could ask other people you know there’s a good chance they’re not going to want to tell you. Not because they’re mean, but in fishing, let’s face it…  One’s company and two’s a crowd. Right?

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Of course, it is.

We’re all a bit like that. No need to Go GetSalty about it all!

Still. It’d be nice to know. It’s true.

So. How about getting the skinny on the prefered Top 5 Saltwater Fishing Spots in Victoria?

Do you want it? We’ve got it.

With full credit to the VFA government survey.

Victorian Saltwater Fishing Top Locations

LocationPercentageFrom Melbourne
#1 Port Phillip Bay52.2%4.6 km
#2 Western Port Bay28.1%81.4 km
#3 Gippsland Lakes11.5%277 km
#4 Phillip Island10.3%142 km
#5 Lakes Entrance Coastal8.6%320 km
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Top 5 Saltwater Fishing Hotspots In Victoria

The good folks at the VFA asked 10,314 Vic Fishing license holders what their favourite Saltwater Victorian fishing spots were.  Painstakingly fed the results into their number-crunching machine – and out popped…

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Port Phillip Bay, Western Port Bay, Gippsland Lakes, Phillip Island and Lakes Entrance Coastal.

To the right (below if you’re on a mobile phone), we’ve assembled their discoveries for you.

Getfished has put it into a quick view saltwater chart, a grid showing how far you need to travel – and put the top salty spots onto a map. 

Clicking the map will open a new window with an interactive map you can play with.

Bonus points if you guessed Port Phillip Bay was going to be number one!!  

Top 5 Victorian Favorite Saltwater Fish

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Do you like snapper? How about flathead?

“Huh!”, you say, “Is water wet?”

You love ’em we’ve got them – and more.

The good folks at the Victorian Fisheries Authority included that information in their 2018 survey of 10,314 license holders, too.

To make it easy to read we’ve assembled it into charts and tables. Including the fish species and some recommended bait, you can try. Some of the things that have worked here at Getfished and other people we know about.

So, firmly holding our breath, they are…Snapper , King George whiting , Flathead (other than Dusky) , Squid  and  Gummy Shark .

On the right of this text it’s available in the tabs.

Don’t forget to check out the Melbourne Snapper Fishing Report page, too. As well as our general Victorian Fishing Reports page.

Snapper 44.8% Prefer To Catch


Port Phillip Bay , Western Port Bay ,
Apollo Bay , Mallacoota Inlet ,
Warrnambool / Port Fairy , Lake Tyers ,
Portland , Barwon River Estuary ,
Lakes Entrance Coastal , Phillip Island
King George Whiting 39.3% Prefer To Catch

King George Whiting

Port Phillip Bay , Western Port Bay ,
Phillip Island , Barwon River Estuary ,
Lakes Entrance Coastal , Apollo Bay ,
Lake Tyers , Portland ,
Warrnambool / Port Fairy , Mallacoota Inlet
Flathead (Other Than Dusky) 37.5% Prefer To Catch

Flathead (other than Dusky)

Port Phillip Bay , Western Port Bay ,
Gippsland Lakes , Phillip Island ,
Lakes Entrance Coastal , Barwon River Estuary ,
Portland , Apollo Bay ,
Lake Tyers , Warrnambool / Port Fairy ,
Mallacoota Inlet
Squid 24.0% Prefer To Catch


Port Phillip Bay , Western Port Bay ,
Phillip Island , Gippsland Lakes ,
Lakes Entrance Coastal , Portland ,
Apollo Bay , Warrnambool / Port Fairy ,
Mallacoota Inlet
Gummy Shark 21.9% Prefer To Catch

Gummy Shark

Port Phillip Bay , Western Port Bay ,
Phillip Island , Lakes Entrance Coastal ,
Portland , Apollo Bay ,
Warrnambool / Port Fairy , Mallacoota Inlet

Snapper Suggested Bait


Pilchards , Bluebait , Whitebait ,
Squid , Soft Plastics , Hard Bodied Lure ,
Prawns , Chicken
King George Whiting Suggested Bait

King George Whiting

Pippis , Bluebait , Whitebait ,
Prawns , Pilchards , Mussels ,
Flathead (Other Than Dusky) Suggested Bait

Flathead (other than Dusky)

Soft Plastics , Prawns , Pilchards ,
Bluebait , Whitebait , Pippis ,
Mussels , Chicken , Beachworms ,
Squid Suggested Bait


Squid Jig
Gummy Shark Suggested Bait

Gummy Shark

Squid , Pilchards

For the most part saltwater fishing tends to be more accessible for people in Melbourne when compared to freshwater fishing.

This is largely due to the difficulty accessing some of the major freshwater fishing spots. What should be easy to get to, for example, the Yarra River, is often limited in access. This is particularly so for elderly and disabled.

Dave from Getfished - Fishing Writer and Software Developer
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David Scott Kane - Fishing Writer, Software Developer, Founder Getfished


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.)

I try to be as accurate as possible on this website. Most of the information is based on personal experience. However, if you spot an error or think there's something that I should add - no worries! Please use the Contact Form.