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Werribee River Entrance, located in Werribee South, offers a pier on the estuary, a boat ramp and beach fishing.
Heading out of the mouth, using the boat ramp, into Port Phillip Bay gives access to deeper water with pinkie snapper, adult snapper, calamari and Australian Salmon.
Naturally, other great bay species like flathead are there too.
The location is great for small and larger vessels. The mouth is always open and has a clearly marked channel for boaties.
The river entrance pier is nice for families, though it can get pretty busy, so start early.
The only reason I’ve rated this nice spot as 4 stars is that in recent years there’s been a lack of annual dredging and a lack of upkeep on the toilet area. This has resulted in some of the boat ramps becoming difficult as well as frequent snagging of your line on weed off the pier. Plus a gut-wrenching experience, at times, if you use the toilets.
The state governments policy of improving Victorias boat ramps should see dredging completed more regularly. Hopefully restoring this Werribee South River Entrance to its former status and worthy of 5 stars.
I have fished here a lot. It may not seem like it. But I have a great deal of affection for the area as a fishing spot. The lack of upkeep has led to a sense of disapointment. I sincerely hope the Victorian State Government and Local Council address some of the glaring concerns.
The area is worth it!
Fishing the Werribee River Entrance Pier can be a challenge in the early part of the season. From September through to early December it can be a bit weedy.
The weediness has been worse in recent years due to a lack of dredging. Hopefully, this will be fixed soon.
The river also discolours after heavy rains, which can send the Bream off the bite. So it pays to keep an eye on recent weather. As a general rule if there’s been heavy rain in the Western suburbs of Melbourne there’s a strong likelihood the Werribee River entrance will be discoloured.
In my experience, there seems to be more flathead caught off the pier in the months following dredging after the water settles and more sand is exposed.
In my opinion fishing light here makes sense. Keeping mainline at or below 10lb, with a slightly heavier leader if you must.
When the weed is thick it’s hard to keep your bait – or lures – out of it. I wouldn’t use a running sinker for this reason. Though even a paternoster is going to get weed entangled at times.
With soft plastics, motor oil paddletails seem to work well on bream and flathead.
With fresh and frozen baits I’ve found prawns to be amongst the best, with pilchards and pippies running a close second. Chicken breast, with a touch of garlic and/or aniseed, can work at times. But not always. So be prepared to try out different baits and presentations.
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 out into the water. With good depth and structure.
You should be able to cast towards the south-east directly into Port Phillip Bay.
Flathead is a common catch. While Pinky Snapper during the spring, summer and autumn are increasingly being reported.
Be aware that access is limited in the marina area. Security will ask you to leave the boat access section after a certain time at night. Understandable as some of the boats there are pretty expensive.
From the beach, it’s possible to cast out for flathead and whiting. Look for deeper holes between sandbars. Google Maps or Google Earth are handy for this.
A beach rod of around 10 foot is ideal. Fishing light though, unless you need the weight because of the wind.
I’d recommend a paternoster rig here if fishing fresh or frozen bait. Keeping your bait above the structure. Definitely use berley. I’ve been here a number of times and am always amazed at how many fishos fish – without landing anything – and never use berley.
Note that it can get busy in the summertime.
A lot of small boats and kayakers fish just off the shore here. Conditions can be perfect at times. Like glass. But be wary of onshore winds if you’re in a yak or small boat. It can get choppy fast and the winds blowing from the west (onshore) can make returning to land difficult.
The Werribee South Beach extends from the river mouth north to the rock wall at Wyndham Harbour.
The beaches to the south are off-limits due to Melbourne Water boards usage.
A beach rod of around 10 foot is ideal. Fishing light though, unless you need the weight because of the wind. So keep those sinker as light as you can, without sacrificing casting distance.
Note that it can get busy in the summertime. In fact, it can get pretty busy on nice summer days towards evening. It’s a popular spot for families, not just fisho’s.
A lot of small boats and kayakers fish just off the shore here. Conditions can be perfect at times. Like glass. But be wary of onshore winds if you’re in a yak or small boat.
It can get choppy fast and the winds blowing from the west (onshore) can make returning to land difficult. Not to mention the river mouth’s white caps in these conditions. While it is dredged there can be minor “bar” conditions at times.
Smaller boat and kayak fisho’s target flathead and pinky snapper. With some scoring some pretty good calamari in the offshore sea grasses.
Campbells Cove is only a short distance away by boat and is a popular fishing spot for boaties and kayak fishing. Campbells Cove is located to the north of Werribee South Beach and extends to the RAAF base (check conditions for off limit areas, especially if accessing by land.)
At the time of writing, boaties are calling on assistance to have the Werribee South Boat Ramp repaired.
Technically there are six boat ramps at Werribee South. I say “technically” because on my last visit earlier in 2019 several were badly obstructed by silt and weed growth.
Look, as much as I historically love the area for pier fishing – the fact is the state of the boat ramps is a disgrace. That’s a state government issue. They promised at the Nov 2018 election this would be a Melbourne wide priority.
There’s also a carpark dedicated to vehicles with boat trailers – which is excellent. As well as a toilet block that is utterly disgusting at times. Indeed the toilets are often so bad they resemble what I’d imagine a secret, lethal disease laboratory to look and smell like.
As of October 2019 usage of the boat ramp is free, along with associated parking.
But the state of the toilet block, I think, comes back to the local council.
It’s often in a disgusting state in the last few years. I understand some people abuse public facilities. But that’s no excuse for neglect.
Hopefully, this will be corrected, as the local press are running feature stories on the boat ramp neglect as recently as September 2018.
Dredging is a major issue at the Werribee South boat ramp.
Weed and silt build-up has made launching tricky on some of the smaller ramps, reducing the number of boats that can be simultaneously launched.