Drop a fishing line into Melbourne’s rivers and creeks. There are plenty of fishing spots in parks and alongside rivers around town, many featuring barbecue facilities so you can quickly cook up the day's catch.
Before you go, check licence requirements and other key regulatory information in the Victorian Fisheries Authority's latest guide to recreational fishing in Victoria.
The Better Health Channel warns people to exercise caution when eating freshly-caught fish from urban rivers.
Featured fishing spots:
Brimbank Park, Keilor East is part of the peaceful Maribyrnong Valley Parklands and is an ideal setting for scenic walks, canoeing, birdwatching, kite flying, and picnicking. Try your luck catching carp, brown trout, short-finned eel and more.
Nestled in the heart of parklands linked by Dandenong Creek, Jells Park in Wheelers Hill is a popular spot for walking, cycling, picknicking and families. Native bushland and a lakeside conservation trail attract a diverse range of birds and wildlife. You can fish from the jetties on the western side of Jells Lake (outside of the conservation area) for carp, short-finned eel or even redfin eel.
The Maribyrnong River begins on the slopes of Mount Macedon and flows through Keilor to Footscray and on to Port Phillip Bay. The river is navigable by boat. Fishing is popular from jetties and fishing platforms at parks and reserves on both sides of the river. There’s bream, yellow eye mullet, Australian salmon and occasionally garfish and mulloway. Local ponding points have been designed for families to try their hands at catching fish with nets.
- Melway ref. maps 4, 14, 27, and 42
- Maribyrnong River on Google Maps
- Maribyrnong River — Parks Victoria
The Patterson River is the most popular boating gateway to Port Phillip Bay. It’s Victoria’s shortest river, a favourite for estuary fishing enthusiasts keen to bag bream, mullet, Australian salmon and trevally. Tackle and bait supplies, fishing licences and fuel are available at Launching Way.
Plenty Gorge Park
Blue Lake in Plenty Gorge Park, South Morang is a secluded spot that feels much further from Melbourne’s CBD than just 20 kilometres. The lake is an old quarry that’s surrounded by stunning native landscape, wildlife and birds. You’ll need to bring your own bait and fishing licence.
Yarra Bend Park
Yarra Bend Park in Kew is the largest area of natural vegetation near Melbourne's CBD. It boasts more than 16 kilometres of river frontage plus superb views of the city and the Dandenong Ranges. Practise your casting at the international fly-casting pool in the northern section of the park. Or find a spot to relax and wait for the fish to bite. Make sure that fishing is permitted where you’re planning to cast a line.