Port Fairy is an all-round location with a river and safe sea access to excellent offshore grounds.
There are boat ramps at Port Fairy, Killarney and Yambuk Lake, with the last suitable only for cartoppers.
Regional freshwater fishing is in the upper Moyne, and nearby Hopkins and Merri Rivers.
Deep sea species such as albacore and blue grenadier are caught out wide, but most locals and visitors target fish in close.
Salmon are one of the more common fish, mainly targeted in the surf, but they show up everywhere. They are caught all year but are best in winter and spring. Smaller fish enter Moyne River.
Snapper are best in summer and autumn. They are usually around rubble or rock bottom but do enter the Moyne River channel in summer.
Coastal species include barracouta, caught all year, best in winter and spring. Coutta enter the Moyne River channel in winter but are more usually caught along the coast.
Quality black bream are caught in the Moyne, with the best fishing downstream of the footbridge.
Cod are caught in the bay and upper estuary from Martin’s Point to the end of the channel of Moyne River. They are caught year-round but winter is best, and at night.
Flathead are caught all year, with warmer months best.
Yelloweye mullet are caught all year along beaches, with winter best. They are also caught in the Moyne estuary. There is no need to cast far for them in the surf.
Mulloway are caught in the Moyne River estuary. Summer is best, at night. Use small live fish.
Bluethroat wrasse are caught along most rocky areas and where and kelp is found. They bite all year, as do sweep, which like whitewash areas.
Estuary perch are caught in Moyne River downstream from the footbridge. Try snags or trees hanging over the water, or bridge pylons. Summer is best and shrimp livebaits.
Bluefin tuna are caught out towards the Continental Shelf, but sometimes come closer in. March to May is the best time to fish.
Silver trevally are caught all year round but spring is best.
Spotted whiting are caught on sand patches adjacent to weedbeds. Most bays hold these fish. They are best in summer and autumn.
Sand whiting are also common.