In quiet lakes and gently flowing rivers, in the pounding surf or in the depths beneath your boat – the waters of Victoria’s parks and reserves offer some prize catches. So grab your hat, pack some drinks in the esky and get your rods and reels out while the fish are biting!
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is responsible for managing fisheries resources and recreational fishing in Victoria.
Some great fishing spots
Port PhillipOne of Melbourne's greatest natural attractions known for sheltered waters, long coastline, and sandy beaches. Parks Victoria manages most of the piers and jetties on Port Phillip; drop a line at one of the many popular angling locations including piers at Middle Park, Mordialloc, Mornington, Rye, Sorrento, Geelong, Altona or Williamstown.
Mornington Peninsula National ParkThe ocean coastline from Portsea to Cape Schanck features outstanding natural scenery and is popular with shore based anglers. Popular fishing spots include London Bridge and Gunnamatta, where easy access is provided to the sandy beaches.
Bellarine PeninsulaSt Leonards Pier is an area close to Melbourne that provides good fishing for snapper, squid, flathead and whiting. Pier fishing at Queenscliff is best in summer for mullet, while Portarlington Pier is worth the effort in rough weather for snapper.
Gippsland Lakes Coastal ParkSurf fishing along the Ninety Mile Beach, or lake fishing from a boat, bank or jetty is popular throughout this park. The extensive lakes system is a haven for water birds as well as fish including tailor, bream, luderick, Australian salmon, mullet and silver trevally.
Grampians National ParkThe Grampians National Park's rugged sandstone ranges, clad with forests and rich in wildlife, provide an ideal setting for anglers. Lake Wartook is considered to be one of the more attractive of waters in the region and is well regarded for trout fishing by bait and fly-fishers.
Alpine National ParkMajor streams and rivers of the spectacular Australian alps provide great fishing opportunities in some of Australia's most stunning alpine landscapes. Catch brown trout in the King and Rose Rivers and at Lake William Hovell, or fish for brown trout and black fish, bass and eels in the Dargo River during the cooler months.
Croajingolong National ParkOn the wilderness coast of East Gippsland, the remote beaches of this park are an anglers dream. Offshore fishing at Mallacoota is among the best in Victoria, and remote fishing in the Tamboon Inlet is an excellent alternative for those wanting to fish in medium sized boats or "tinnies".