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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.



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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Kingfish Fishing Charter Trips Melbourne

Pro Red Fishing Charters Melbourne

Challenge Melbourne's great fighting and great eating Yellowtail Kingfish to over 12 kilograms on this tour. You will initially spend some time...

From $220 - $250


Drift 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 and open...

From $350 - $650


Mitta Mitta Fly Fishing Raft Tour

River Escapes

Opens up with River Escapes to many kilometres of river; a great way to fish the Mitta in their Fly Fishing Raft Tour. Large gravel bars can be...

From $690

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Shark Trip Fishing Charters Melbourne

Pro Red Fishing Charters Melbourne

Catch Gummy Sharks, School Sharks, Big Seven Gill Sharks and many other species on this tour. Six hour trips at the special price of $125 per person...

From $125 - $180

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Buxton Trout & Salmon Farm

A visit to Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm is a great fun day out for the whole family. Young kids through to grandparents can all be thrilled by...

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Snapper Fishing Charter Melbourne

Pro Red Fishing Charters Melbourne

Pro Red Fishing Charters is the number one snapper specialist with Skipper Jayson Turner having 40 years experience to catch you that fish of a...

From $125 - $150

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Portland Tuna Fishing & Game Charters in Port Fairy

Southern Coast Charters

From March to September, Southern Coast Charters target Southern Bluefin and Albacore, towards the Continental Shelf. Each charter runs for eight to...

From $250

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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 - $100


Drift Boat/ Raft Fishing for Trout

River Escapes

The region is blessed with beautiful rivers and stunning high country lakes and there is no better way to fully explore them than from River Escapes...

From $350 - $650