There is a diverse range of fishing options throughout Victoria. Freshwater rivers and streams offer the opportunity to catch species such as trout, perch and Murray cod. Snapper, whiting and flathead are often caught out at sea.
Victoria's High Country provides good fishing opportunities. Some of the best spots are the Kiewa, Mitta Mitta and Ovens Rivers, where both brown and rainbow trout are found. Another good place for trout fishing is Lake Eildon.
Within central Victoria, trout can be found in many lakes including Cairn Curran, Lauriston and Tullaroop. The lakes of the Grampians area, such as Bellfield, Fyans and Wartook, are also good choices. Many of these lakes are also good locations for catching other species, such as perch, redfin, blackfish and Murray cod. Another good lake to try for Murray cod and golden perch is Lake Eppalock, between Bendigo and Heathcote.
Some of Victoria's best rivers for fishing include the Campaspe, Goulburn and Murray Rivers, all of which have a variety of species.
In the Melbourne area, Port Phillip and Western Port are ideal spots for saltwater fishing. Anglers can throw a line in from the many piers around the bays or fish from boats. The area is good for whiting, small sharks, flathead and snapper, amongst others. For beach fishing, try the Mornington Peninsula beaches of Gunnamatta, Point Leo or Rye Back Beach. Corio Bay, at Geelong, is a good location for catching snapper.
Along the Great Ocean Road, a variety of species including Australian salmon, barracouta, flathead, garfish, mullet, sharks, snapper, trevally and whiting are found. The Hopkins River estuary, near Warrnambool, is good for bream, while the Glenelg River estuary has a number of different varieties. For beach fishing in the west, Narrawong, near Portland, is ideal.
A licence is required for recreational fishing in Victoria. People who are under 18 or who are 70 years of age or over are exempt from requiring a licence. Fishing licences can be obtained online or in person from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) or from selected retail businesses in Victoria. For further information or to buy your licence online, see Victorian Fisheries Authority.
For anglers who prefer the challenge of reeling in larger fish, or those who want to participate in an organised fishing expedition, join one of the many fishing charters available in Victorian waters.