Fishing spots

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 days catch.

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Here are a few places to try your luck with a hook and bait:  

Before you go, read Argiculture Victoria's latest guide to recreational fishing in Victoria. The guide outlines licence requirements and other essential regulatory information:

The Better Health Channel warns people fishing in urban rivers to exercise caution when eating freshly-caught fish:

Fishing licences are issued by Agriculture Victoria. For information about the facilities by the river or creek, contact Parks Victoria (13 19 63) or the relevant local council.

Birrarung Park

Located beside the Yarra River in Lower Templestowe, Birrarung Park’s wetlands are home to a variety of birds and frogs. Bring your own bait, enjoy the spectacular river scenery and savour the spoils of the Yarra River.

Brimbank Park

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. 

Jells Park

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.

Maribyrnong River

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.

Patterson River

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.

Warrandyte State Park

Warrandyte State Park is made up of a number of different areas linked by the Yarra River. Only 24 kilometres from Melbourne, the bushland setting boasts plenty of opportunities for river fishing. Bring your own bait (digging for worms in the river bank is not permitted) and take in the peaceful, natural surroundings.

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.

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