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There are endless opportunities to cast a line at freshwater rivers and lakes, and at estuaries, inlets, bays and beaches across Victoria, year-round. One weekend and you'll be hooked.

Freshwater fishing

Freshwater streams, lakes and reservoirs provide good catches from the shore or boat. The most commonly caught species are trout, redfin, golden perch and Australia's largest freshwater fish: the Murray cod.

Cast a line on the mighty Murray for the eponymous cod. In Gippsland, the Tarwin River is brimming with bream, and the Aron River is home to trout and redfin. Bait your best on the Wimmera River at competition time, and head the High Country's Goulburn River for an almost guaranteed trout catch.

In the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, the meeting point of the Steavenson, Archer and Little Archer rivers is popular with locals (and fish). Even closer to Melbourne, the Werribee and Lerderderg Rivers are ideal for reeling in trout, redfin and blackfish.

Angle for a top lakeside spot at popular Murray region lakes, Lake Hume and Lake Mulwala, home of the Cod Opening Classic, one of Australia's most popular fishing competition. In Gippsland, Blue Rock Lake is famous for its fly-fishing.

Victoria's High Country is home to lush Lake Eildon, a fishing haven frequently used for fresh-water fishing sports events. In the Grampians, local favourites include Lake Toolondo, Taylors and Lake Bellfield.

Try your hand at trout fishing in the Goldfields, home to more than 1000 public and private trout lakes, and popular Lake Wendouree, Lake Eppalock and Cairn Curran Reservoir. 

In Daylesford and Macedon Ranges cast a line at Hepburn Lagoon and the Newlyn, Malmsbury, Lauriston and Coliban reservoirs.

If your patience sinks, these farms will guarantee a catch (and will even cook it to your liking): Tuki Trout Farm near Daylesford, Harrietville's Mountain Fresh Trout and Salmon Farm, Rhyll's Trout and Bush Tucker Farm on Phillip Island, and the Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm.

Saltwater fishing

Victoria's bays and beaches and offshore fishing grounds offer opportunities to hook into everything from snapper, King George whiting, flathead and kingfish to salmon, squid, tuna and shark – if you're game.

Pier fishing
Sit on the dock of the bay(s), and drop a line from a jetty or pier. On the Great Ocean Road, while away some time at Lorne and Apollo Bay.  On the Bellarine Peninsula have a right royal time at Queenscliff, and in Gippsland set yourself up at Lakes Entrance. In Phillip Island, compete with pelicans at piers at Cowes, Newhaven, Rhyll and San Remo.

Surf fishing
Get right down to Gippsland for excellent surf fishing, from the renowned Pearl Point Cape at Cape Conran Coastal Park to Loch Sport Beach, Inverloch and the wild waters at Corinella.

On the Great Ocean Road try your hand at surf fishing around Portland and nearby Narrawong Beach, or take a game-fishing charter if that's more to your tuna.

Snapper-up the best catch on the Mornington Peninsula on a Port Phillip Bay fishing charter during the Crimson Tide, the annual snapper migration. Other bay beauties include whiting, gummy shark, school shark, quid, salmon, garfish, rock cod, flathead and elephant fish.





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Guided Fly Fishing for Brown and Rainbow Trout

River Escapes

River Escapes has the local knowledge and know-how to help you experience and fully appreciate the fantastic trout streams the region has to offer....

From $275 - $600


Five Hour Bay Fishing Charter

Queenscliff Fishing Charters and Scenic Tours

Fish in the Bay near Point Nepean, Quarantine Bay, Portsea, Queenscliff, Swan Bay and St Leonard's depending on weather conditions and where the fish...

From $65 - $85


Large Boat/ Raft Fishing for Murray Cod and Australian Natives

River Escapes

North East Victoria has some of Australia's best native fisheries, especially for the iconic Murray cod. Join River Escapes in their vessels that...

From $350 - $700


Raft Fishing Alpine Lakes

River Escapes

The Alpine lakes are some of the most scenic locations you can encounter in the High Country region. Surrounded by snow in winter, they are fantastic...

From $300 - $625


Gone Fishing Charters Queenscliff

Gone Fishing Charters

Gone Fishing Charters' Queenscliff fishing charters target a variety of species like whiting, squid, snapper, shark and more in Port Phillip Bay and...

From $130 - $180


Full Day Fly Fishing Guide

Riverdowns Fly Fishing Guiding and Instruction

Riverdowns is at the centre of one of Australia’s most famous freshwater fisheries. Fly fishing instruction and guiding can be arranged for guests...

From $450 - $600

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Across Victoria


Geelong & the Bellarine

Charter a boat for a game fishing tour or head to a pretty coastal town for a day of pier fishing.

High Country

Try your hand at fishing on a relaxing tour of the great rivers, mountain streams and alpine lakes.

Great Ocean Road

Target some of the best ocean fishing grounds on the Great Ocean Road or cast a line for river fish.

The Murray

Cast a line for the famed Murray cod or golden perch in the rivers and lakes of the Murray region.

Mornington Peninsula

Cast a line into the fishing grounds around Mornington Peninsula, on your own or with a charter.


Get out there and try your luck with fish in Port Phillip Bay or join a Melbourne fishing charter.

Phillip Island

Cast a line in tranquil surrounds around Phillip Island and catch fresh seafood for family dinners.


Explore Gippsland's great expanse of rivers, lakes and beaches for fishing opportunities aplenty.


The Goldfields region offers a diverse range of fishing opportunities in its many superb waterways.

Daylesford & the Macedon Ranges

Spend a few peaceful hours fishing in rivers and reservoirs in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges.


Snare a prize catch from the plentiful species of fish that bite year-round in the Grampians region.

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