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In addition, Getfished has augmented and added additional information to the original source Victorian fishing data in order to make the results easier and more pertinent to the fishing community.

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The distance calculations have been added by Getfished based on the number of km from the city of Melbourne. Likewise, the latitude and longitude coordinates have been added. They are calculated to the closest point from the city of Melbourne to the closest regional area.

Times were calculated using Google Maps at a time when traffic was much lighter than usual (during the COV-19 lockdown period of April 2020.) As such allow a little extra time during busier – or normal – time periods.

Note that certain locations will be subject to specific fishing restrictions. For example National Parks or Fishing Seasons per certain fish species. Always check with the current fishing regulations, provided by the VFA, before travelling to fish in an area.

Unless specifically specified in the fishing data and fishing locations include land-based, boat and kayak fishing.

Favourite Fishing Spots

The following Freshwater and Saltwater fishing datasets are from the September 2018 Victorian Fisheries Authority Recreational fishing in Victoria Report of survey findings from 10,314 Victorian Fishing License holders.


Victorian Freshwater Fishing Data Spot Preferences

LocationPercentageFrom MelbourneLat/LngTravel Time
Murray River (NSW)27.2%223 km-36.145955, 144.7448012 h 39 min
Lake Eildon
Goulburn River
24.7%
17.6%
235 km
115 km
-37.1200442, 145.8968867
-37.01607970000001, 145.1619887
3 h 32 min
1 h 25 min
Yarra River10.8%6.9 km-37.829427016471364, 144.9010542184326215 min
Lake Eppalock8.6%128 km-36.873168, 144.56837991 h 51 min
Lake Mulwala (NSW)6.0%291 km-36.00345160000001, 146.10994683 h 13 min
Blue Rock Lake6.0%131 km-38.063226, 146.18957781 h 41 min
Ovens River6.0%251 km-36.36827769999999, 146.31721492 h 39 min
Mitchell River5.8%282 km-37.825864,147.6347163 h 22
Lake Purrumbete4.5%188 km-38.2825055, 143.23420982 h 18 min

Victorian Saltwater Fishing Data Spot Preferences

LocationPercentageFrom MelbourneLat/LngTravel Time
Port Phillip Bay52.2%4.6 km-38.1732, 144.873113 min
Western Port Bay28.1%81.4 km-38.3563, 145.248013 min
Gippsland Lakes11.5%277 km-38.0000, 47.65003 h 11 min
Phillip Island10.3%142 km-38.4899, 145.20383 h 11 min
Lakes Entrance Coastal8.6%320 km-37.8511, 147.99583 h 20 min
Barwon River Estuary8.2%109 km-38.2740, 144.48621 h 21 min
Portland7.6%357 km-38.3609, 141.60414 h 8 min
Apollo Bay7.5%197 km-38.7552, 143.66762 h 38 min
Lake Tyers6.9%349 km-37.8396, 148.12384 h 3 min
Warrnambool / Port Fairy6.4%257 km-38.3687, 142.49823 h 2 min
Mallacoota Inlet5.8%544 km-37.5333, 149.78336 h 59 min

Favourite Recreational Fishing Species

The following Freshwater and Saltwater fish preference datasets are from the September 2018 Victorian Fisheries Authority Recreational fishing in Victoria Report of survey findings from 10,314 Victorian Fishing License holders.


Victorian Freshwater Fishing Data Species Preferences

SpeciesPopular PlacesCatch Preference


Murray Cod
Murray River (NSW)Lake EildonLake Mulwala (NSW)Goulburn River,40.7%

Rainbow Trout
Lake EildonBlue Rock LakeYarra RiverLake Purrumbete,
39.8%

Brown Trout
Lake EildonLake EppalockYarra RiverLake PurrumbeteBlue Rock Lake
39.5%

Redfin
Murray River (NSW)Lake Mulwala (NSW)Lake EppalockBlue Rock LakeOvens RiverMitchell RiverLake EildonYarra RiverLake PurrumbeteGoulburn River
38.3%

Golden Perch (Yellow Belly)
Murray River (NSW)Lake Mulwala (NSW)Lake EppalockLake EildonGoulburn RiverYarra RiverOvens River,
19.8%

Yabby
Murray River (NSW)Lake EildonGoulburn RiverYarra RiverLake EppalockLake Mulwala (NSW)Blue Rock LakeOvens RiverMitchell RiverLake Purrumbete
8.6%

European Carp
Yarra RiverLake EppalockLake Mulwala (NSW)Murray River (NSW)Ovens RiverLake EildonGoulburn RiverBlue Rock Lake
9.1%

Other
7.0%

Australian Bass
Blue Rock Lake
6.6%

Silver Perch
Murray River (NSW)Lake Mulwala (NSW)Lake EildonGoulburn RiverYarra RiverOvens River4.7%

Estuary Perch
Yarra River
4.3%

Murray Spiny Freshwater Crayfish
Murray River (NSW)Ovens RiverGoulburn River
3.1%

Eel
Murray River (NSW)Yarra RiverMitchell River,
2.6%

Trout Cod
Murray River (NSW)Ovens RiverGoulburnRiverLake Mulwala (NSW)2.4%

River Blackfish
1.9%

Macquarie Perch
0.8%


None / Haven’t Caught
.07%

All / Anything / No Favourite
.3%

Victorian Saltwater Fishing Data Species Preferences

SpeciesLikely PlacesPreference

Snapper
Port Phillip Bay, Western Port Bay, Apollo Bay, Mallacoota Inlet, Warrnambool / Port Fairy, Lake Tyers, Portland, Barwon River Estuary, Lakes Entrance Coastal, Phillip Island44.8%

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 Inlet39.3%

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 Inlet37.5%

Squid
Port Phillip Bay, Western Port Bay, Phillip Island, Gippsland Lakes, Lakes Entrance Coastal, Portland, Apollo Bay, Warrnambool / Port Fairy, Mallacoota Inlet24.0%

Gummy Shark
Port Phillip Bay, Western Port Bay, Phillip Island, Lakes Entrance Coastal, Portland, Apollo Bay, Warrnambool / Port Fairy, Mallacoota Inlet21.9%

Dusky flathead
Port Phillip Bay, Western Port Bay, Gippsland Lakes, Phillip Island, Lakes Entrance Coastal, Lake Tyers, Mallacoota Inlet20.4%

Black Bream
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 Inlet16.7%

Australian Salmon
Port Phillip Bay, Western Port Bay, Apollo Bay, Portland, Lakes Entrance Coastal, Phillip Island, Gippsland Lakes, Barwon River Estuary, Lake Tyers, Warrnambool / Port Fairy, Mallacoota Inlet-8.5%

Other
4.6%

Yellowtail kingfish
Port Phillip Bay, Western Port Bay, Lakes Entrance Coastal, Phillip Island, Barwon River Estuary, Portland, Apollo Bay, Warrnambool / Port Fairy, Mallacoota Inlet4.3%

Estuary perch
Gippsland Lakes, Lake Tyers3.5%

Abalone
2.9%

Southern Bluefin tuna
Portland, Warrnambool / Port Fairy2.8%

Garfish
Port Phillip Bay, Western Port Bay2.7%

Rock lobster
2.3%

Prawn
1.5%

Sand crab
1.4%

Pipi
1.3%

Shark (other than gummy/school)
1.3%

Wrasse (Parrot Fish)
0.9%

Marlin
0.4%

Swordfish
0.1%

All / anything
0.5%

None / Didn’t catch anything
0.5%

Favourite Recreational Fishing Species Suggested Baits

The following Freshwater and Saltwater fishing datasets are from the September 2018 Victorian Fisheries Authority Recreational fishing in Victoria Report of survey findings from 10,314 Victorian Fishing License holders. The bait suggestions have been appended by Getfished based on personal experience and the experiences of others in the fishing community.


Victorian Freshwater Fish Suggested Bait

SpeciesBait


Murray Cod
Hard Bodied Lure, Yabby, Scrub Worm, Bardi Grub, Cheese, Chicken, Freshwater Shrimp

Rainbow Trout

Hard Bodied Lure, Freshwater Shrimp, Yabby, Crickets, Chicken, Scrub Worm


Brown Trout
Hard Bodied Lure, Freshwater Shrimp, Yabby, Chicken, Scrub Worm

Redfin
Hard Bodied Lure, Yabby, Chicken, Scrub Worm, Bardi Grub, Freshwater Shrimp

Golden Perch (Yellow Belly)
Yabby, Freshwater Shrimp, Chicken, Bardi Grub, Scrub Worm, Hard Bodied Lure

Yabby
Raw Meat, Dog Food

European Carp
Corn, Chicken, Scrub Worm, Bardi Grub, Cheese, Freshwater Shrimp

Australian Bass
Hard Bodied Lure

Silver Perch
Scrub Worm, Bardi Grub, Yabby, Hard Bodied Lure

Estuary Perch
Chicken, Hard Bodied Lure

Murray Spiny Freshwater Crayfish
Raw Meat, Dog Food

Eel
Chicken, Scrub Worm, Bardi Grub

Trout Cod
Chicken, Scrub Worm, Bardi Grub, Hard Bodied Lure

River Blackfish
Chicken, Scrub Worm

Macquarie Perch
Chicken, Scrub Worm, Bardi Grub, Freshwater Shrimp, Yabby, Hard Bodied Lure

Victorian Saltwater Fish Suggested Bait

SpeciesBait

Snapper
Pippis, Bluebait, Whitebait, Prawns, Pilchards, Mussels, Chicken

King George Whiting
Pippis, Bluebait, Whitebait, Prawns, Pilchards, Mussels, Chicken

Flathead (other than Dusky)
Soft Plastics, Prawns, Pilchards, Bluebait, Whitebait, Pippis, Mussels, Chicken, Beachworms, Squid

Squid
Squid Jig

Gummy Shark
Squid, Pilchards

Dusky flathead
Soft Plastics, Prawns, Squid, Hard Bodied Lure, Bluebait, Whitebait, Beachworms, Chicken

Black Bream
Pippis, Pilchards, Bluebait, Whitebait, Beachworms, Mussels, Hard Bodied Lure, Chicken

Australian Salmon
Soft Plastics, Pilchards, Bluebait, Whitebait, Squid, Chicken, Hard Bodied Lure

Yellowtail kingfish
Pilchards, Bluebait, Whitebait, Prawns, Soft Plastics, Chicken, Beachworms, Pippis

Estuary perch
Pippis, Pilchards, Bluebait, Whitebait, Prawns, Soft Plastics, Hard Bodied Lure, Chicken

Southern Bluefin tuna

Garfish
Bread **, Chicken, Whitebait

Shark (other than gummy/school)
Pilchards, Mullet, Whole Fish, Fish Fillet

Wrasse (Parrot Fish)

Marlin

Swordfish


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