Fishing Werribee South River Entrance

Werribee South offers a pier on the estuary, Werribee South Boat Ramp more fishing at the Werribee South beach. As well as the adjacent…

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 Harbour rock-wall.

One of my favourite spots in the Werribee South Pier. I’ve spent a lot of time on the pier. I’ve discovered it has good and bad years and good and bad times of the year.

Bream is the target most often sought by shore-based anglers on the pier. Flathead from the beach – and the pier – and whiting being the other species of interest.

Heading out of the mouth, using the Werribee South 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.

Fishing Werribee South River Entrance

Nice Spot For Families

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 Werribee South pier.

Plus a gut-wrenching experience, at times, if you use the toilets. An indictment on the council.

The state governments policy of improving Victorias boat ramps should see dredging completed more regularly.  Hopefully restoring this Werribee South boat ramp and river entrance to its former status and worthy of 5 stars.

I Have A Great Deal Of Affection For The Area

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 location. Especially the Werribee South Pier.

The lack of upkeep has led to a sense of disappointment. I sincerely hope the Victorian State Government and Local Council address some of the glaring concerns.

A lot of Melbourne municipalities would love an attraction like this area. It’s good for the residents, it’s good for Victoria – it’s good for local business!

The area is certainly worth caring for the facilities better than they do.

I rate it as well worth the visit for fishing.


Werribee South Fish Species

Fish SpeciesSuggested Bait

Australian Salmon
All Year Round
Common for schools to move through, chopping up the water before moving on. Can be common during cooler months.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Flathead

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Whiting
November to April
Known to migrate from Victoria to South Australia during cooler months.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait

Black Bream
All Year Round.
Can become less active during Winter. Activity picking up late August. Active during warmer months.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Crabs, Earthworms, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Whitebait

Gummy Shark
All Year Round >br \>Larger species are caught in Port Phillip & Western Port during April to July. With the Peak Month considered too be May.
Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Pilchards, Squid, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whiting Fillets

Mullet
All Year Round.
Can sometimes be the only game in town during cooler weather.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Earthworms, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Squid Tentacles

Squid
All Year Round. Best fished when waters are clear with little turbulence.
Top times can be during June to September.

Squid Jig

*Some fish species vary according to time of year and local environmental conditions.
Squid & Gummy Sharks only available if boat or kayak fishing.

Fishing Werribee River Tips

  • Consider using weedless rigs to avoid snagging your line as the river can be thick with weed at times.
  • Fish Species: Bream, Flathead, Pinky Snapper, Occasional Mulloway & rarely a Gummy Shark.
  • Good bait: Pippis, bluebait or pillies. Whitebait, prawn, worms after rain. Chicken breast.
  • 10 to 20lb mainline. You can a little lighter if you’re using a leader.
  • 7 to 9foot estuary style spinning rod is perfect here.
  • Paternoster or Running sinker rigs work well. My preference is paternoster if using small bait like pippis.
  • Berley is essential on the Werribee River in my experience. It gives you a big edge over other anglers.

Address

Address: Werribee South Boat Ramp, Diggers Road, Werribee South VIC, Australia
Lat: -37.9723245
Lng: 144.6865994
Proximity: 40 km from Melbourne via Princess Highway

Location Review & Rating


Pros

  • Close and easy access via Princess Freeway
  • Family-friendly  - children under strict supervision
  • Good range of fish habitats and fish species
  • In the right conditions, good bream and flathead
  • Parking very good and free.

Cons

  • Toilets often disgraceful. Not quite as bad as St Kilda, but can get pretty close.  Blech!!
  • The river can be affected by fertiliser runoff which results in occasional fish kills.
  • Area can smell badly at times due to sewerage treatment plant & local market garden fertiliser activities

Review Overview

Fishability
Pier Condition
Public Toilets
Parking
Family Friendly

Summary

Despite some of the negatives, this is actually one of my favourite fishing spots.

It can produce some great catches of Bream.

Flathead is a little less common than they once were in the river.

Well worth fishing.  Fish light.  Fish weedless.  Be prepared for weed, particularly after Winter during Spring.

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Dave
Dave

G'day!

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!

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