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Port Phillip Bay Fishing

Port Phillip Bay Fishing

Port Phillip Bay was created as a result of geological uplift and subsequent sinking of the land. Over millions of years, the land has risen and fallen due to geological forces, which caused the Bay to form. The Bay is now a drowned river valley that was filled with water from the sea as the land subsided. The area was originally inhabited by the indigenous Wathaurong people, who used the Bay for fishing, hunting and trading. In the 19th century, Port Phillip Bay was a major point of entry for European settlement in Victoria, Australia. The city of Melbourne was established on the shores of the Bay in 1835 and grew rapidly as a result of the Victorian gold rush in the 1850s. Throughout the 20th century, the Bay played a significant role in the economic development of Victoria as a major port for shipping and recreation. Today, Port Phillip Bay is a popular destination for boating, fishing and other water-based activities, as well as being a crucial part of Melbourne history and cultural identity.

Port Phillip Bay is a rich and diverse fishery, and a variety of fish species can be caught in its waters. Some of the most commonly caught species in the Bay include Australian Snapper, Whiting, Dusky Flathead, Macquarie Perch, Black Bream, and Kingfish. In addition to these species, the Bay is also home to a variety of other fish such as Salmon, Tuna, and Sardines, making it a popular destination for recreational and commercial fishing.

There have been several record-sized fish caught in Port Phillip Bay over the years. Some of the most notable include a 13.2 kg Australian Snapper caught in Port Phillip Bay. The Victorian state record kingfish, which weighed in at 33.5 kg, and a flathead, which weighed in at 11.4 kg, was caught in Port Phillip Bay. These record catches demonstrate the abundance and diversity of fish species that can be found in Port Phillip Bay, making it a popular destination for recreational and sport fishing.



Port Phillip Bay Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Port Phillip Bay, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Australasian Snapper

  2. Australasian Snapper

    There is a 23% catch rate for Australasian Snapper, based on 835 Australasian Snapper counted.

    Port Phillip Bay Australasian Snapper Counts Chart
    Australasian

    ENLARGE PORT PHILLIP BAY AUSTRALASIAN SNAPPER COUNTS CHART


  3. Macquarie Perch

  4. Macquarie Perch

    There is a 19.11% catch rate for Macquarie Perch, based on 694 Macquarie Perch counted.

    Port Phillip Bay Macquarie Perch Counts Chart
    Macquarie

    ENLARGE PORT PHILLIP BAY MACQUARIE PERCH COUNTS CHART


  5. Redfin Perch

  6. Redfin Perch

    There is a 11.81% catch rate for Redfin Perch, based on 429 Redfin Perch counted.

    Port Phillip Bay Redfin Perch Counts Chart
    Redfin

    ENLARGE PORT PHILLIP BAY REDFIN PERCH COUNTS CHART


  7. Australian Salmon

  8. Australian Salmon

    There is a 10.55% catch rate for Australian Salmon, based on 383 Australian Salmon counted.

    Port Phillip Bay Australian Salmon Counts Chart
    Australian

    ENLARGE PORT PHILLIP BAY AUSTRALIAN SALMON COUNTS CHART


  9. Brown Trout

  10. Brown Trout

    There is a 7.6% catch rate for Brown Trout, based on 276 Brown Trout counted.

    Port Phillip Bay Brown Trout Counts Chart
    Brown

    ENLARGE PORT PHILLIP BAY BROWN TROUT COUNTS CHART


  11. Rainbow Trout

  12. Rainbow Trout

    There is a 6.97% catch rate for Rainbow Trout, based on 253 Rainbow Trout counted.

    Port Phillip Bay Rainbow Trout Counts Chart
    Rainbow

    ENLARGE PORT PHILLIP BAY RAINBOW TROUT COUNTS CHART


  13. Black Bream

  14. Black Bream

    There is a 4.74% catch rate for Black Bream, based on 172 Black Bream counted.

    Port Phillip Bay Black Bream Counts Chart
    Black

    ENLARGE PORT PHILLIP BAY BLACK BREAM COUNTS CHART


  15. Roach

  16. Roach

    There is a 4.52% catch rate for Roach, based on 164 Roach counted.

    Port Phillip Bay Roach Counts Chart
    Roach

    ENLARGE PORT PHILLIP BAY ROACH COUNTS CHART


  17. Common Carp

  18. Common Carp

    There is a 3.5% catch rate for Common Carp, based on 127 Common Carp counted.

    Port Phillip Bay Common Carp Counts Chart
    Common

    ENLARGE PORT PHILLIP BAY COMMON CARP COUNTS CHART


  19. Striped Mullet

  20. Striped Mullet

    There is a 2.45% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 89 Striped Mullet counted.

    Port Phillip Bay Striped Mullet Counts Chart
    Striped

    ENLARGE PORT PHILLIP BAY STRIPED MULLET COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 36 species of fish and 3631 fish counted for April around Port Phillip Bay.

To date, there are 87 species of fish and a total of 107655 fish counted for Port Phillip Bay and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 2/12/1771 (253 years).

Last Update: 4/19/2024 8:57:29 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Port Phillip Bay are the following:

  1. Flinders Bank
    Good silver whiting fishing here. Lots of flatheads. Some snapper and gummy sharks.


  2. Hovell Ledge
    Hovell Ledge


  3. Mt Martha Reef
    Mt Martha Reef is primarily composed of rock, kelp, and seaweed with some sand. Towards the end of the season, Mt. Martha becomes particularly active. The period betwee


  4. Altona Reef
    Altona Reef


  5. Carrum Artificial Reef
    The Carrum Artificial Reef, constructed in 1965, was the first documented artificial reef in Australia. The original reef spanned four hectares and consisted of 350 concrete


  6. SEAFORD PIER
    SEAFORD PIER


  7. Govenor Ledge
    Govenor Ledge


  8. St Leonards Boat Ramp
    St Leonards Boat Ramp


  9. RAAF - SPIT FIRE


  10. Point Richard Boat Ramp
    Point Richard Boat Ramp


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Top Port Phillip Bay Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Compleat Angler and Camping World Dandenong
    Compleat Angler is a true local retail icon within Dandenong, providing fishing knowledge and advice to thousands of anglers over the past 35 years.

  2. Peninsula Compleat Angler
    The only specialist fishing tackle store stocking all the big brands on the southern Mornington Peninsula!

  3. Clark's Noel Tacklebar
    Noel Clarks Tackle Bar Serving the locals for over 25 years. Come in and see Bill & Helen for all your fishing tackle and bait needs.

  4. Spot On Fishing Tackle Hastings
    We have a large selection of Fishing, Camping & Outdoor gear at each of our stores. Please come in and see one of our friendly staff at a store near you!

  5. Gone Fishin
    Your 1-Stop Fishing Shop

  6. The Flyfisher


  7. King Bait Berley and Tackle
    King Bait Berley & Tackle is an Australian wholesale fishing company that covers all of your fishing

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Top Port Phillip Bay Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Melbourne Fishing Charters
    DAily Fishing TRips: Snapper FIshing on Port Phillip Bay DAily trip leave at 4am/ 6am and 10:30am

  2. Able Fishing and Charters
    Able Fishing Charters operates the motor vessel ‘Bacardi’ out of Gem Pier, Williamstown, Melbourne.

  3. St Kilda Charters
    St Kilda Charters operates from St Kilda Marina and offers some of the best sightseeing and fishing that Port Phillip Bay has to offer.

  4. Mornington Boat Hire
    Establish 1918, Mornington Boat Hire rent boats, single kayaks, double Kayaks, Stand Up Paddle Boats

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Top Port Phillip Bay Marinas

  1. St Kilda Marina


  2. Melbourne City Marina
    Also known as Waterfront City Marina.

  3. The Anchorage Marina
    The Anchorage Marina provides everything you need, long term or short term berthing, amazing views and close to everything. Come visit us today!

  4. Melbourne City Marina
    Located right in the centre of the culture capital of Australia, Melbourne City Marina is the largest visitor's berthing facility in Victoria.

  5. Patterson Lakes Marina


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