Bemm River, Victoria

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Shallow Sydenham Inlet forms the lower Bemm River, part of a prime estuary perch, bream and bass fishery.

The river sits at the boundaries of Cape Conran Coastal Park, Croajingolong NP and Bemm State Forest.

The Bemm is 60km long, with the upper section running through rainforest, much of it in rugged country, before reaching Sydenham Inlet, a tidal estuary.

The inlet’s sea entrance opens only occasionally.

When the inlet is closed the water tends to be slightly deeper.

The inlet is known for quality bream and flathead, as well as estuary perch, tailor, whiting, mullet and luderick.

Salmon are caught in the entrance channel when it opens, with a chance of mulloway.

The river is deeper than the inlet.

There is some bankside access, but most of the many fishable snags can only be exploited by boaters.

The flats in the inlet have useful bait-pumping areas.

The upper Bemm is isolated and difficult to access.

Bass exist in the upper reaches, and in the Genoa River.

Bream and estuary perch are also found in Swan and Mud Lakes on the east side of the inlet.

Surf beaches can be accessed by taking a boat to near the lagoon entrance and walking.

To the west there is a 4WD track leading to beach fishing at Pearl Point, with salmon and sharks, and snorkelling for abalone and crays.

To reach Bemm River township, take the turn-off on the Princes Highway between Cann River and Orbost.

There are two boat ramps in the inlet.

Bankside access for fishing is limited.

Bemm River township has Telstra mobile coverage, a bottle shop, general store, boat hire, fishing platforms, and some sports facilities. There was no fuel outlet at the time of writing.

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Gear tips for Victoria A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for gar, whiting, mullet, trout, redfin and bream. See eBay listing here.

A 3-6kg spin outfit is ideal for general Victorian saltwater and freshwater fishing. See eBay listing here.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for Victorian salmon, tailor and trevally. See eBay listing here.

Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for a range of Victorian species. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Squid jigs are essential gear in Victoria. See eBay listing here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. See eBay listing here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for salmon and flathead, 11/0 for large mulloway). See eBay listing here.

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Bemm River drone footage

Barwon River, Victoria

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The Barwon River flows for 160km from the Otway and Brisbane Ranges, through Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula, entering the sea at Barwon Heads.

It is part of the Murray–Darling basin and is considered to be a perennial river, but in December 2018 it ceased flowing at Walgett, being reduced to a series of pools.

There are 36 tributaries, making it a significant coastal river system in Victoria.

Much of the river runs through muddy substrates, so it is quite turbid, and also quite saline.

The freshwater section of the Barwon contains mainly redfin, carp, trout, eels and tench. There are also native fish such as Australian grayling, river blackfish, smelt, galaxias, congoli, gudgeon, lamprey, hardyhead and pigmy perch.

The river downstream of Buckleys Falls fishes well for freshwater fish such as redfin, carp, eels and brown trout.

The three associated lakes Modewarre, Murdeduke and Wendouree are stocked with brown and rainbow trout when water levels are suitable.

Carp are easily caught on baits of worms, dough or even bread, and berley works well in bringing them around. Warm weather is best.

The estuarine section of the Barwon River at Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads produce plenty of whiting, flathead, bream, yelloweye mullet and salmon.

Mulloway and snapper are caught at times in the lower river. Fish at night for best results.

Estuary perch are a highlight of the Barwon River and respond well to small lures on ultralight tackle.

Barwon River fishing areas

Forrest to Birregurra – a 32km section of river with a channel averaging 5-9m in width and with pools to 220cm deep. Forrest and Birregurra have fishable areas with brown trout, redfin, river blackfish and eels.

Birregurra to Winchelsea – a 25km section of river flowing through farmland with an average width of 10-12m and pools to 150-230cm deep. Redfin, brown trout, eels and river blackfish can be caught. Access is difficult because of private property and dense vegetation.

Winchelsea to the Weir upstream of Buckleys Falls – this 35km section of river has good pools between Winchelsea and Inverleigh and between Ceres and the Weir. The width varies from 17-25m, with pools to 470cm deep. This stretch contains tench, eels, redfin, blackfish and brown trout.

Between the Weir and Buckleys Falls – this short 400m stretch of river is a deep pool surrounded by parkland. It has many eels, and a few brown trout and redfin.

Buckleys Falls to the lower breakwater 1.5km upstream of Lake Connewarre – this 18km section is up to 60m wide with pools 4-6m deep. There is good access via Queens Park in Geelong. Rushes along the banks restrict access but boardwalks through Geelong section allow fishing. Carp, eels, redfin, brown trout, tench and congoli are caught.

Lower Barwon downstream of Lake Connewarre – these are estuarine waters about 50m wide and 3-4m deep. This stretch is 10km. It shallows out to 1-2m at Barwon Heads. There is good bank and boat fishing. Expect salmon, sand mullet, yelloweye mullet, flathead, silver trevally, black bream and king george whiting. Fish an incoming tide in the early morning for best results.

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Gear tips for Victoria A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for gar, whiting, mullet, trout, redfin and bream. See eBay listing here.

A 3-6kg spin outfit is ideal for general Victorian saltwater and freshwater fishing. See eBay listing here.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for Victorian salmon, tailor and trevally. See eBay listing here.

Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for a range of Victorian species. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Squid jigs are essential gear in Victoria. See eBay listing here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. See eBay listing here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for salmon and flathead, 11/0 for large mulloway). See eBay listing here.

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Barwon Heads drone footage

Fishing the lower Barwon

Barwon Heads fishing

Barwon freshwater fishing

Best baits for Victorian fishing

The best bait for Victorian fishing is usually the bait you collect locally.

Beach worms can be collected from many surf beaches by using a bait attractor and a finger bait. Watch the video below. These worms are great for mulloway but pickers love them too.

Pipis or cockles can be found on surf beaches by digging in the sand with your hands or feet in the tidal zone. These are a good all-round bait.

Brown shell can be collected using a bait pump on flats in river estuaries. Bream love them. They are often found in smelly mud just below the surface. Use them on the hook with the shell.

Sandworms can be collected all year on flats in river estuaries, except after big floods. A bait pump and sieve is used. Collect them up to 1m deep in water. All fish take these.

Spew worms can be collected using a bait pump at low tide in river estuaries. Spew worms are bigger and more durable than sandworms and this helps resist pickers. Large spew worms work for big bream and mulloway.

Shrimp be collected day or night using a dip net. Try around pylons and weedbeds, or use a shrimp trap with cheese, fish or soap as bait.

Black crabs are great for bream when used whole or cut in half. Collect them from under rocks at low tide along rocky edges of river channels or flats edges.

Bass yabbies or nippers can be collected using a bait pump in some areas and are a prime bait.

Black crickets are about from January and March and make a great bait for estuary perch. Collect them by hand or with a net under street lights or beneath cow pats in paddocks.

Fish such as mullet, galaxia minnows and whitebait can be collected for bait using a recreational bait net. Yelloweye mullet can be caught on rod and line and cut mullet flesh makes a great bait for mulloway, estuary perch and bream.

Catch limits, gear regulations and closed areas apply to bait collection.

Check the current Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide.

Packets baits can work well at times – try peeled prawns for bream, pilchards and bluebait for salmon, flathead and trevally, and small pieces of mince meat or cockle for yelloweye mullet.

Squid is a tough bait that works well when pickers are around, and live squid is probably unbeatable for kingfish and mulloway.

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Gear tips for Victoria A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for gar, whiting, mullet, trout, redfin and bream. See eBay listing here.

A 3-6kg spin outfit is ideal for general Victorian saltwater and freshwater fishing. See eBay listing here.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for Victorian salmon, tailor and trevally. See eBay listing here.

Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for a range of Victorian species. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Squid jigs are essential gear in Victoria. See eBay listing here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. See eBay listing here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for salmon and flathead, 11/0 for large mulloway). See eBay listing here.

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How to catch beach worms

Hopkins River, Victoria

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Hopkins River is one of the more popular fishing waterways in Victoria, located at Warrnambool in the state’s southwest.

The tidal river extends from a sea entrance at Point Ritchie to Tooram Stones at Allansford, a distance of about 9km.

The main species caught in the estuarine reach are black bream, estuary perch, mulloway, yelloweye mullet, salmon and eels.

Mulloway, whiting and flathead also show up.

In the freshwater upstream, trout, perch, tupong and redfin are caught.

The Hopkins River mouth is intermittently open.

When it is open an incoming tide usually fishes well, and in the days after a sea opening bream fishing is almost always good in the section below the Hopkins River bridge.

Like elsewhere, black bream fishing is best around natural and manmade structure such as jetties and rock walls, and along drop-offs of channels.

The river usually floods in winter and spring and has only slight flows in summer and autumn.

Bream are caught all year, day and night.

During heavy rain events bream move into the lower reaches from July-September.

During the breeding season, big bream move upstream in schools.

Estuary perch can be found near the same structure that bream like, and in deep holes during the day.

Estuary perch can be caught all year, but are best in summer.

Mulloway and estuary perch are best targeted at night.

Mulloway are best between spring and autumn. Fish at night on the big tides of the new and full moon, concentrating on the tidal turn, and always fishing with livebait or lures.

Salmon are caught all year, but rain pushes them down and out of the river.

Yelloweye mullet enter the river in large schools. They are caught in the river all year but are best from local beaches in autumn.

Hopkins River fishing spots

1. The Blue Hole is on the east side of the river at the end of Blue Hole Road. It is fished from land or boat. The area has flats, weedbeds and a drop-off. Most species are caught here.
Try wading and casting. The Danger Board is opposite on the western bank and accessible from the Point Ritchie Road carpark. Boat access is restricted by high water levels which can prevent passage beneath the road bridge. The entrance is shallow and dangerous and boat passage to the ocean should not be attempted.

2. The Hopkins road bridge has lots of space for shore based fishing from both sides. Casting underneath the bridge will find bream and estuary perch. Mullet and salmon pass through. Downstream of the bridge there are flats on the east side where flathead and whiting can be caught.

3. Lyndoch has shore fishing with a footpath running upstream from the bridge on the west bank. A floating platform allows fishos to cast past weedbeds for bream and estuary perch.
Further upstream is a concrete wall that can be fished.

4. Proudfoots has shore fishing. Just downstream of Proudfoots is a fishing platform where bream, estuary perch, mullet and salmon can be caught. Just upstream is a floating jetty that has the same species.

5. The Ski Club has shore fishing from a jetty, with a beach upstream. Busy in summer with skiers.

6. Mudflats has boat fishing for bream and estuary perch, best when the sea entrance mouth is closed and the river level is high. Fish the edges of the mudflats. There are shallow reefs here and there are channel markers.

7. Old Pumping Station has boat fishing in a 5m hole. Bream, mulloway and estuary perch are caught. In summer it is busy with skiers.

8. Hulls Reef is shallow and marked with channel markers. Bream and estuary perch are caught here by boat.

9. Mahoneys Road is a shore and boat fishing spot, the road runs from the Princes Highway. Bank fishing and wading can be done here in mornings and evenings.

10. Deakin University has shore and boat fishing, with a jetty at Deakin University. Reach it via Warrnambool Institute Road. The shore can be fished for 200m upstream. Expect bream, flathead and estuary perch around the weedbeds. Wading and using artificial lures and flies is recommended. Cliffs along on the opposite bank are a good location for boat fishing, with occasional mulloway.

11. Bay of Biscay/Kings Head are popular with boaters. There are drop-offs, rock walls and reefs on the southern side. The north bank is shallower with weedbeds and reefs. Mulloway are caught in the deeper channel, with bream, flathead and estuary perch elsewhere.

12. Rowans Lane has limited access but bream and estuary perch can be caught near the weedbeds here.

13. Rowans Flat is a boating spot with mudflats and shallow weedbeds. Expect bream and estuary perch during high river levels.

14. Kinnears/Shipley is a boat access where the river reaches 8m deep. There is a shallow reef on the east bank which has bream, estuary perch and mulloway. Upstream on the north bank at Shipley are steep rocky banks which have bream.

15. Hens & Chickens is a boating spot for bream and estuary perch. The depth varies between 4m and 8m. reefs and drop offs. Further upstream is an 8m hole just off Wilsons Bank which often has mulloway.

16. The Islands is a shore and boat fishing spot. There are flats around the islands, with bream, yelloweye mullet and estuary perch. Snags on the south bank and reef provide further fishable grounds. Shore fishing is via Kinnears Road, which runs off Hopkins Point Road on the southern side of the river.

17. Jubilee Park is a shore and boat fishing spot. Jubilee Park Caravan Park and Allansford Angling Club are here. Good land-based fishing can be had from the wall and floating fishing platforms. An 11m hole in front of the jetties often has mulloway.

18. The Pass is a shore spot. Signage warns boaters of submerged rocks, with shallow reefs running across the river. Bream are best here at dawn and dusk. Access is via Kinnear Road on the south bank or from Jubilee Park on the north side.

19. Breakfast Rock/Sandy Point/Tooram Stones is a boating spot with drop-offs in front of Breakfast Rock and Sandy Point. Expect bream and estuary perch. Just upstream is Tooram Stones which marks the end of navigable water, with a rockbar across the river. Just below the rocks is an 8m hole. Fishing The Stones produce estuary perch and bream. The mudflats in front of Lake Gillear drain produce bream, mullet and estuary perch. Mulloway are caught in the holes.

20. Smith Lane is a shore spot that runs off Jubilee Park Road. A 40m length of bank produces eels, estuary perch, bream and occasional brown trout. Canoes can be launched here.

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Gear tips for Victoria A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for gar, whiting, mullet, trout, redfin and bream. See eBay listing here.

A 3-6kg spin outfit is ideal for general Victorian saltwater and freshwater fishing. See eBay listing here.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for Victorian salmon, tailor and trevally. See eBay listing here.

Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for a range of Victorian species. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Squid jigs are essential gear in Victoria. See eBay listing here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. See eBay listing here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for salmon and flathead, 11/0 for large mulloway). See eBay listing here.

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Hopkins River bream fishing

Hopkins River bream fishing

Losing a big Hopkins River mulloway

Lorne, Victoria

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Lorne is one of the most popular holiday fishing destinations on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.

The road runs for 240km from Torquay to Warnambool and encompasses some of Victoria’s most spectacular coastline, including some great fishing spots.

Lorne Pier is a renowned fishing spot. It is quite a large pier but becomes busy during holiday periods.

Non-stop salmon fishing can be had at times in winter, and snapper, silver trevally, king george whiting, pike (snook), barracoutta, yakkas, flathead, squid, kingfish, leatherjackets, rays and sharks are all caught.

Snapper are best from roughly October to March.

Squid are best during clearest water periods, especially at dusk, dawn and night, but they can be caught all year.

Most squid are caught from the shallows around the weedbeds, using jigs.

As with all piers, look for squid stains to note where they are being caught.

Gummy sharks are best at night.

Lorne’s Jump Rock is a good landbased spot, located just before Stony Creek, with salmon, whiting and snapper.

There is a fishable rock ledge that begins at the main road opposite Albert St.

Lorne boat ramp is difficult or even dangerous in a swell, which often comes in the afternoons.

Offshore game fishing can be very good, with blue, mako and thresher sharks, bluefin and yellowfin tuna and albacore.

A special feature of this area is a consistent run of big southern bluefin tuna from about March to August, along with the albacore.

The tuna are generally caught by fast-trolling skirted lures.

Lorne is busy during holiday periods, so book your accommodation advance.

There are several other great fishing communities along Victoria’s south-eastern coastline, but safe sea access points for boating are few and far between. One of the best access points, located 45km south-east of Lorne, is Apollo Bay.

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Gear tips for Victoria A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for gar, whiting, mullet, trout, redfin and bream. See eBay listing here.

A 3-6kg spin outfit is ideal for general Victorian saltwater and freshwater fishing. See eBay listing here.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for Victorian salmon, tailor and trevally. See eBay listing here.

Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for a range of Victorian species. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Squid jigs are essential gear in Victoria. See eBay listing here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. See eBay listing here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for salmon and flathead, 11/0 for large mulloway). See eBay listing here.

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Lorne pier

Lorne beach fishing

Lorne salmon fishing

Portland, Victoria

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The historic Victorian settlement of Portland has great fishing within Portland Bay, and provides safe sea access for boaters to productive offshore grounds.

A feature of this area is a consistent run of big southern bluefin tuna from about March to August, along with albacore.

The tuna are generally caught by fast-trolling skirted lures.

The harbour produces mainly squid, whiting, garfish, small salmon, trevally and mullet.

The long harbour rock walls have great fishing at times, with a chance of snapper and gummy sharks.

Minerva and Julia Reefs about 3km offshore produce snapper, kingfish, crayfish and more.

December to March are the best months for yellowtail kingfish.

Snapper are usually best from October to March.

Mako and thresher sharks are caught just 5km or so offshore.

Between the boat harbour and Snapper Point are grounds that produce snapper, flathead, king george whiting and mulloway.

For landbased fishos, the rock wall along Dutton Way produces snapper after storms in spring, as well as salmon and whiting.

The Fitzroy, Surrey and Glenelg Rivers, and Yambuk and Bridgewater Lakes, are popular destinations within reach of Portland.

Makos and thresher sharks are targeted by Portland sportsfishermen, with blue and gummy sharks, whalers and school sharks also available.

A popular offshore species is blue morwong, with the deeper grounds also producing Tassie trumpeter, knifejaw, snapper nannygai and blue-eye trevalla.

Torpedo and calamari squid are abundant around Portland, best in calm warm weather.

Whale watching is popular off Portland in winter.

Freshwater and estuary fishing locations in this general region include …

Aringa Reservoir, Port Fairy – off the Port Fairy-Hamilton Road, 6.5km from Port Fairy, through private property. Follow track to the left past house and through two gates. Brown and rainbow trout and redfin. Stocked regularly with brown trout and rainbow trout.

Branxholme Reservoir, Branxholme – a 1ha waterway about 2.5m deep, bank fishing only, redfin.

Bridgewater Lakes, Cape Bridgewater – 200ha, has smelt, galaxias, pygmy perch, blackfish, redfin, tench. Formerly stocked with trout.

Eumeralla River, Codrington – flows to Yambuk Lake, contains eels, tench, goldfish, congoli, river blackfish, galaxia, pygmy perch, gudgeon. May have brown trout. The estuarine section has estuary perch, salmon, yelloweye mullet and black bream.

Fitzroy River, Heywood – public access to riverbank at Heywood, the Princes Highway bridge and boat ramp at river mouth. Contains eels, congoli, river blackfish, lamprey, galaxias, gudgeon, pygmy perch. The estuary section extends 16km and has black bream, estuary perch, flounder, yelloweye mullet, salmon and sea mullet. Some brown trout. There is access to the estuary through private property at Wrights Bridge but ask permission.

Moyne River, Port Fairy – eels, congoli, tench and brown trout, along with galaxias, gudgeon, lamprey and pygmy perch. The estuary extends 4.8km, with estuary perch, mullet,salmon, bream, barracouta, flounder, snapper, whiting, yelloweye mullet, silver trevally and mulloway. There is plenty of space for bank fishing.

Shaw River, Yambuk – as well as native fish there are some brown trout.

Surrey River, Heywood – access is restricted to road crossings. Occasional brown trout and river blackfish. The estuarine section extends 3km and has bream, yelloweye mullet, flounder and salmon.

Yambuk Lake, Yambuk – 80ha, an estuary fed by the Shaw and Eumeralla Rivers. Boat and bank fishing for black bream, yelloweye mullet, salmon, estuary perch, flounder, eels.

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Gear tips for Victoria A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for gar, whiting, mullet, trout, redfin and bream. See eBay listing here.

A 3-6kg spin outfit is ideal for general Victorian saltwater and freshwater fishing. See eBay listing here.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for Victorian salmon, tailor and trevally. See eBay listing here.

Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for a range of Victorian species. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Squid jigs are essential gear in Victoria. See eBay listing here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. See eBay listing here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for salmon and flathead, 11/0 for large mulloway). See eBay listing here.

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iFish at Portland

Catching squid off Portland rock wall

Portland tuna fishing

Portland kingfish

Portland abalone and crayfish diving

Glenelg River, Victoria

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Glenelg River is a hugely popular fishing destination that flows to sea near Nelson, meandering through both South Australia and Victoria.

The estuary extends about 60km upstream, with most of it located inside the Lower Glenelg National Park.

The Glenelg is Victoria’s third longest waterway at 350km, yet the sea entrance occasionally closes over at the mouth, which causes the river level to rise.

This relatively deep river is about 50m or so wide in the lower section, with scenic cliffs and forest along the lower reaches.

The south-west walking track follows 40km of river.

There are 29 launch sites along the river for small vessels, along with formed boat ramps for trailerboats, and many sites have picnic facilities.

Some of the more popular launch sites are Nelson, Isle of Bags, Simsons Landing, Donovans Landing, Sandy Waterholes, Sapling Creek, Wilson Hall, Pritchards and Saunders.

Boats can be hired at Nelson.

Tidal influence reaches to above Saunders, when the waterway becomes more difficult to navigate, becoming narrower, with plenty of submerged timber.

South Australian boating regulations apply in the SA section.

Twenty five fish species have been recorded in the estuary, with black bream, yelloweye mullet, salmon, estuary perch, mulloway, luderick, flathead and flounder the most common.

Baits recommended are sandworms, peeled prawn, whitebait, crabs and clickers.

Big bream and school mulloway are the main interest to fishermen, but there are a great many small picker bream to get through.

Mulloway are best from September to December, but can be caught from November to May, with a few stragglers caught outside these times.

The river’s mulloway tend to be on or off, possibly with the presence of a school(s) determining whether there is much action or not.

Heavy rain will flush small fish down the river and mulloway will usually be waiting in the lower section.

Glenelg mulloway are smallish fish, with the occasional specimen cracking 10kg. Livebait works best on them.

The beach at the river mouth looks shallow but can be a mulloway hotspot at times.

Mulloway are most often caught in the estuary up to around the highway bridge.

For mulloway, also try the caves region. Use pilchard, fresh squid or live mullet baits at night.

Major bream competitions are held on the Glenelg River.

Typically, bream fishos cast small lures to bankside and other structure.

In winter the bream school in deeper areas, while in summer they move upstream.

The best area for bream is from the river mouth upstream to Pritchards, with the better fish often caught in the Sapling Creek region.

During holidays there is a lot of boat traffic and better bream fishing is usually had in the early morning, late evening and night, or by travelling far upriver.

There are landbased fishing opportunities along the river around Nelson but a boat or yak is needed to fish the best spots in the river.

Surf beaches at nearby Nobles Rocks and Swan Lake near Nelson produce salmon, school mulloway and gummy sharks after dark, with occasional school sharks.

Browns and Piccaninie Beaches also produce gummy sharks and mulloway after dark. Fish a big high tide at night in summer for the best chance of success.

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Gear tips for Victoria A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for gar, whiting, mullet, trout, redfin and bream. See eBay listing here.

A 3-6kg spin outfit is ideal for general Victorian saltwater and freshwater fishing. See eBay listing here.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for Victorian salmon, tailor and trevally. See eBay listing here.

Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for a range of Victorian species. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Squid jigs are essential gear in Victoria. See eBay listing here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. See eBay listing here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for salmon and flathead, 11/0 for large mulloway). See eBay listing here.

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Some external videos filmed around the Glenelg River are featured below.

Glenelg River bream fishing competition

Glenelg River mulloway

Collecting pipis from a beach near Nelson

Danjera Dam, New South Wales

NSW dam levels
NSW stocked waters
NSW fishing regulations
NSW marine parks

Danjera Dam is 20km west of New South Wales’ Nowra.

The dam was built in 1971 on Danjera Creek, a tributary of the Shoalhaven River.

Though only a relatively small dam at 90ha in area, it is a scenic spot and can fish well, making it popular.

The dam contains stocked bass and rainbow trout, and a natural stock of eels.

Most fishos target the bass, which often respond well to lures, especially in warm weather.

The rainbow trout take up the slack in cooler weather.

There are camping areas, toilets, barbecues, firewood, water and bins.

The dam is up to 30m deep, with an average depth of around 15m.

Only electric motors, sail or oar powered vessels are permitted, so it is a peaceful place to fish.

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Gear tips for New South Wales

A 3-6kg spin outfit is the ideal all-rounder for most New South Wales estuary and freshwater fishing. See eBay listing here.

For wary fish in clear water, a 1-3kg spin outfit is ideal for estuary whiting, bream and bass. See eBay listing here.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Or try this heavy surf rod-reel combo for large mulloway. See eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for tailor, kingfish and salmon in the surf and off the rocks. See eBay listing here.

Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for a range of New South Wales saltwater and freshwater species. Listing on eBay here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. Listing on eBay here.

Squid jigs are useful in New South Wales, especially in Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay. Listing on eBay here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. Listing on eBay here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for tailor, salmon and flathead, 11/0 for large mulloway). Listing on eBay here.

Ganged hooks (joined chains of hooks) are used when fishing pilchard baits for tailor. Listing on eBay here.

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Some external videos filmed in the Danjera Dam region are featured below.

Danjera Dam bass

Danjera Dam drone footage

Nowra, New South Wales

The Crookhaven River entrance. Picture: John Lugg, NSW Government.
The Crookhaven River entrance. Picture: John Lugg, NSW Government.
Part of a Nowra boating map by the NSW Government
Part of a Nowra boating map by the NSW Government. Click here to download the full PDF.

Nowra tides
Nowra region coastline
Shoalhaven artificial reef
NSW Govt Nowra fishing guide PDF
NSW Govt boating map PDF
Shoalhaven surf report with cam
NSW fishing regulations
NSW marine parks

Nowra has some great fishing, mostly based around the Shoalhaven River.

The river has 50km of tidal water, much of it shallow.

Nowra township is 18km upstream from the entrance.

The river has two sea entrances, one permanently open to the south at Crookhaven Heads, a joint mouth of the Crookhaven and Shoalhaven Rivers, and the other intermittently open 5km to the north at Shoalhaven Heads.

The Shoalhaven River has most typical NSW estuary species, with bream, flathead and whiting the main catch, but also with luderick, mulloway, estuary perch and bass.

The river is shallow and usually clear and for this reason can be a challenging fishing location.

Winter sees a good run of luderick, with big flathead in summer.

Perch are often found near the deeper rock walls.

The Crookhaven mouth’s north shore bordering Comerong Island has good flats and weedbeds, with a rock wall that has landbased fishing, accessible via a ferry.

The inner wall has mainly luderick, while the outer wall has tailor, bream, flathead and mulloway.

The lower Crookhaven has dense mangrove areas bordering extensive flats which fish well for whiting, bream and flathead.

‘The Canal’ runs between Comerong Island and the southern mainland and is lined with rock walls.

The walls on the south bank have bream and luderick.

Local oyster racks produce good fish.

The rock walls at Greenwell Point, the wharves at Orient Point and the breakwall on Comerong Island are all good places for large bream, flathead and winter luderick.

At Nowra, the flats at the end of Pig Island have flathead, whiting and bream.

There is rocky reef between the island and the bridge, and navigating the north shore requires care, but the deep water next to it holds bream, luderick and mulloway.

The bridge pylons hold fish. Upstream of the bridge are rock walls with bream, flathead, whiting, mulloway and estuary perch.

The NSW Government installed an artificial reef 4.3km north-east of the Shoalhaven River entrance in 33m of water in January 2015, at 34 50.955S 150 47.731E (WGS84 datum).

There are 20 concrete modules in five clusters, five modules per cluster.

Kingfish, trevally, snapper, morwong, tailor, salmon and mulloway are the main catch, as well as baitfish.

To the north of Nowra the Gerringong area has good inshore boat fishing, with Werri Drift a proven flathead ground along Werri Beach, about 750m offshore.

Gravel Patch is 2.5km off the northern point of Werri Beach and has morwong and flathead.

The Crack in the Wall is almost 2km directly off Walkers Beach, with morwong and flathead.

There is broken reef between Black Head and Werri Point. The regions bass dams are Tallowa, Danjera and Flat Rock.

Stocked waters near Nowra include Danjera Dam, Flat Rock Dam and Tallowa Dam.

Great fishing can be had south of Nowra at the outstanding fishing location Nowra.”>Jervis Bay.

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Gear tips for New South Wales

A 3-6kg spin outfit is the ideal all-rounder for most New South Wales estuary and freshwater fishing. See eBay listing here.

For wary fish in clear water, a 1-3kg spin outfit is ideal for estuary whiting, bream and bass. See eBay listing here.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Or try this heavy surf rod-reel combo for large mulloway. See eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for tailor, kingfish and salmon in the surf and off the rocks. See eBay listing here.

Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for a range of New South Wales saltwater and freshwater species. Listing on eBay here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. Listing on eBay here.

Squid jigs are useful in New South Wales, especially in Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay. Listing on eBay here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. Listing on eBay here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for tailor, salmon and flathead, 11/0 for large mulloway). Listing on eBay here.

Ganged hooks (joined chains of hooks) are used when fishing pilchard baits for tailor. Listing on eBay here.

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Some external videos filmed in the Nowra region are featured below.

Shoalhaven artificial reef underwater footage

Shoalhaven Heads drone footage

Shoalhaven bass

Catching rock wall mulloway (general video)

Moruya River, New South Wales

A NSW Government Moruya River boating map
A NSW Government Moruya River boating map. Click here to download the full PDF
Moruya River mouth ... the rock walls produce big fish. Picture John Lugg, NSW Govt
Moruya River mouth … the rock walls produce big fish. Picture John Lugg, NSW Govt

Moruya Heads tides
Moruya coastline
Moruya bar webcam
NSW fishing regulations
NSW marine parks

The Moruya River has 20km of tidal water, becoming Deua River and Burra Creek in the upper reaches.

The river is shallow, running mostly 2m to 3m deep, with many sandbanks and rocks upstream of the highway bridge.

Small-boat access is generally good except for 1km of river adjacent to the highway bridge.

Most fishing is done between the Moruya bridge and the sea entrance, an area that has fishable rock walls, weedbeds, flats and side creeks.

Flathead and whiting are the drawcard on the Moruya and can be caught on lures or bait by drifting or casting.

Bream are also usually about, and the river has estuary perch and bass.

The Moruya River has good landbased access, with fishable rock walls on the northern and southern sides.

Bream, tailor, salmon, luderick and flathead are the main catch from the walls, with a chance of mulloway.

For boaters, the rock walls in the lower river are also the best place to fish for bream, tailor, trevally, mulloway, luderick, salmon, kingfish and flathead.

The lower river flats on the north side are the place for whiting and flathead. Try casting to the edges of weedbeds.

Quarry Wharf has mainly bream, flathead and tailor, while Preddys Wharf near Moruya Heads has bream, whiting, flathead, mullet, garfish, trevally and luderick.

Dolphin Beach and Pedro Point nearby have good beach fishing, with mainly flathead, bream and whiting. Beach worms are the best bait, but squid or prawns also work.

Shellys Beach is another good spot.

Moruya bridge pylons usually hold flathead, bream and luderick, with a chance of estuary perch.

The upper Moruya has bream and bass in winter.

As with all NSW rivers, heavy rain tends to push marine fish down the river, and mulloway may be feeding on flushed bait at the sea entrance after flooding.

Good boat fishing can be had in 50m-60m of water off Pedro Point and Congo. Flathead, snapper, mulloway, kingfish, leatherjackets, tailor and salmon are caught.

Given a choice, most river fishos prefer to fish the nearby Tuross system, which is larger and hence has more fishing options, but nonetheless the Moruya is a great place to fish.

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Gear tips for New South Wales

A 3-6kg spin outfit is the ideal all-rounder for most New South Wales estuary and freshwater fishing. See eBay listing here.

For wary fish in clear water, a 1-3kg spin outfit is ideal for estuary whiting, bream and bass. See eBay listing here.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Or try this heavy surf rod-reel combo for large mulloway. See eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for tailor, kingfish and salmon in the surf and off the rocks. See eBay listing here.

Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for a range of New South Wales saltwater and freshwater species. Listing on eBay here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. Listing on eBay here.

Squid jigs are useful in New South Wales, especially in Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay. Listing on eBay here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. Listing on eBay here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for tailor, salmon and flathead, 11/0 for large mulloway). Listing on eBay here.

Ganged hooks (joined chains of hooks) are used when fishing pilchard baits for tailor. Listing on eBay here.

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Some external videos filmed in the Moruya region are featured below.

Diving the Moruya

Moruya estuary fishing

Moruya drone footage

Catching rock wall mulloway (general video)