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Published November 30th 2018
The Best Things in Life are Fishy
The one that didn't get away (by Kare Kare / CC BY-SA 3.0)
Melbourne's beaches, creeks, rivers and rockpools are perfect places to cast a line. In our freshwater fishing spots, look out for golden perch, crayfish, trout and yabbies. In Melbourne's ocean bays, pluck salmon, flathead, snapper, bream and whiting from the salty seawater.
The State Government is investing for target of 1,000,000 anglers in Melbourne by 2020. Join the fun with a a recreational licence. Apply at the Victorian Fisheries Authority.
In Melbourne, these are 10 of the best places to go fishing.
Catch fish for a seafood selfie (by HuntFishGuide.com / CC BY 2.0)
Punt Road, Yarra River
Near Herring Island, beneath the Punt Road bridge, you can catch giant mulloway fish but you'll need a strong line and an even stronger will to fight the fish once it takes the bait.
Patterson River, Port Philip
Begin in spring, to catch snapper with live bait or plastic lures throughout the region. Chelsea's Patterson River, the Port's home for boating, is a a happy hunting ground.
Brimbank Park, Keilor West
While the Maribyrnong Valley is prized by bushwalkers, sailors and swimmers, anglers can also get in on the action. Stock up on trout, bream, garfish, salmon and carp. Fish from the jetties or the specially maintained ponds, perfect for children using small hand reels or nets.
Jells Park, Wheelers Hill
Dandenong Creek's waterside trails are always busy with cyclists and hikers. Fishing is restricted in the marked conservation areas, but you can setup at the many piers along Jells Lake, angling for eel and carp.
Yarra River, Warrandyte State Park
Warrandyte State Park is only a hop from the heart of Melbourne. Inside, you'll share the gorge with koalas perched in Red Box eucalyptus trees, and kangaroos bounding over the hills. Find a quiet spots to reel in trout, Macquarie perch, cod and yabbies.
Yarra River, Yarra Bend Park, Kew
In the northern sections of Yarra Bend Park, practise your fly-fishing technique at the casting pools, home to the Red Tag Fly Fishers Club. You'll catch trout in the pool.
Beach St, Port Philip
The changing depth of water along the different piers facing south into the ocean invite a variety of fish species in spring and summer. While large cruise ships and ferries can distract fish and fishers, when the region is quiet, you can catch tailor, mulloway, trevally, salmon and snapper.
Werribee River Park, Crocroc
The wetlands on New Farm Road host beaches for onshore fishing and piers to take the boat out.. In the cooler months, spot yellow-eye mullet but when spring and summer warmth hits, catch trevally, bream and flathead.
Sorrento Pier, Sorrento
The Sorrento isn't a secret so you'll be joined by scores of anglers during summer holidays, setting up along the shoreline. Head to the southeastern tip of the bay on Point Nepean Rd, leading out to Bass Strait. At the mouth of the cove, you'll get first pick at the .
From Queenscliff Ferry Terminal at Wharf St, head for the opposite tip of the cove. While the terminal is busy with commuters and day-trippers, this side is almost as crowded with anglers and sailors venturing to Swan Island and the nearby coastal parks. Pick a spot underneath the outdoor shelters to catch the same species you'll bag in Sorrento, including snapper, whiting and salmon. The squid are abundant here.
Left-handed fishing in Melbourne (by Gaertringen / Public Domain)
For a safe, fun day by the water (or on it if you're boating), follow these suggestions:
pay the Victorian Recreational Fishing Fee if you're fishing in anywhere in the state. You can get a 3-day licence for $10 or stretch to a 3-year licence for $93. There are online discounts. You can pay the fee here.
check for signs to avoid fishing in restricted areas of catching dinner from contaminated waters