Sick of waiting in line for forty minutes every Saturday just for a skinny cap and some salmon rillettes at your favourite local cafe? Well, don’t do it this weekend—catch your own rillettes instead. Or at least try to, because unbeknownst to many Melburnians there are in fact some stellar fishing locations sprinkled in and around our favourite city, and you don’t need to wait forty minutes to use them.
Here’s everywhere you go fishing in and around Melbourne.
This little hot spot is part of the Maribyrnong Valley Parklands and is home to a whole bundle of extracurricular activities in addition fishing, including scenic walks, canoeing, birdwatching, kite flying, and picnic. However, when it comes to casting your line, you’ll probably reel in carp, brown trout and short-finned eel, amongst other fish.
With the beautiful Dandenong Creek flowing through its ground, Jells Park is an active hub of walking, cycling, picnicking and family fun every weekend, plus its lush Native bushland and conservation trail bring the spotlight to a mind-boggling range of unique birds and wildlife. More importantly, you can fish from the jetties on the western side of the lake for carp, short-finned eel or even redfin eel, just make sure you’re out of the conservation zone.
An oldie but a goodie is the Maribyrnong River which runs from the slopes of Mount Macedon, passes through Footscray and keilor, and then finishes up at Port Phillip Bay. The river itself it wide enough to sail along and you’ll often see rowers and speedboats ditching PTV in favour of its smooth waters. When it comes to fishing, there are numerous jetties and fishing platforms at parks and reserves along the river where you can catch bream, yellow eye mullet and even Australian salmon. Novices can even try their hands at netting some fish at the designated family ponding spots along the way.
Port Phillip Bay
The Patterson River is one of the most popular boating gateways to Port Phillips Bay as it’s Victoria’s shortest river at only five kilometres in length. It’s a hot pick for estuary fishers looking to reel in bream, mullet, Australia salmon and trevally. You also don’t even need to come prepared because tackle and bait supplies, fuel and even fishing licenses are available at Launching Way.
Plenty Gorge Park
To shake things up from all the river fishing, try your rod at South Morang’s Blue Lake in Plenty Gorge Park. This fish-filled body of water is only 20 kilometres from the CBD and is, in fact, an old quarry surrounded by stunning bushland and wildlife. You’ll need to pack your own bait and fishing license for this one.
Yarra Bend Park
Famous for its gawjuss swimming spot, Yarra Bend Park is also a hotspot for Melbourne’s resident fishermen and fisherwomen. Boasting over 16 kilometres of river frontage fringed by spectacular views of the cityscape and Dandenong Ranges, you’d be crazy not to put this one on your list. Not only can you sit back, relax and wait for the fish to come to you in possibly the most relaxing surrounds this city has to offer, but you can also practice your casting at the international fly-casting pool in the park’s north. Make sure you double check that fishing is permitted in your spot before you cast though.
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