Fishing in Gippsland – Lakes, Rivers & Ocean

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 It seems like Gippsland was made for fishing. The coastline stretches for 100’s of kilometres, the Gippsland Lakes system covers 354 square kilometres and there are rivers everywhere. Destination Gippsland means catching a fish is inevitable if you cast a line from land or a fishing boat. People come to Gippsland for the mountains, people come to Gippsland for the food and wine and people come for fishing in Gippsland.

In this article we will look some to great places tp go fishing in Gippsland.

Fishing in Gippsland is a fantastic day out for everyone!


Fishing in Gippsland – Seaspray – Golden Beach

This area of the coast on the 90-mile beach is renowned for its shark fishing. Gummy sharks are caught in large amounts in the summer season. Salmon are also caught off this amazing Gippsland beach. The bigger sharks can be caught if you have someone willing to take the line out a few hundred meters offshore. This long stretch of beach draws hundreds of people to surf fishing during the summer.

Even in the winter, some fishermen brave the enormous seas which roll in from the Bass Strait to haul abundant catches of salmon, snapper, silver trevally, jewfish, tailor, whiting, and sharks. Merryman’s Creek at times breaks through to the ocean at Seaspray and there are good catches of bream to be had in the creek there.

Fishing Gear for the 90-Mile Beach

  • Jarvis Walker Aquatec Surf Rod & Reel Combo ( great for beginners )
  • Rogue Star Sinkers
  • Surf fishing hooks

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A look out over the sand dunes from a lookout. It is a cloudless day and the dunes are covered in dry wood and tea tree. It is a great day for fishing in Gippsland
Golden Beach

Loch Sport

Loch Sport is located just up the road from Golden Beach. At Loch Sport, you will have access to both the Gippsland Lakes and the 90-Mile Beach. You can launch a boat one day in the Lakes and fish the ocean the next day.

There are a boat ramp and significant jetty to fish off ( See video below courtesy of our sister site travelsingippsland ). The foreshore along the Gippsland Lakes is sandy and can be fished off at just about every spot.

Cowwarr Weir

We have headed inland for this one. We are about 60 kilometres away from the coast.

The Cowwarr Weir is managed by Gippsland Water. Cowwarr Weir is located in between Traralgon and Maffra just outside of the township of Cowwarr in Gippsland. The weir is a popular destination for swimmers, lake fishing and canoeing.

Camping for completely self-contained recreational vehicles is available free of charge. No powerboats, jet skis or the like are allowed on the weir. Freshwater fish such as Trout, Redfin and bass can be caught in the Weir.

You might like our related post on 28 great things to see and do in Gippsland. Gippsland has so much to offer visitors to our region

Fishing in Gippsland – Lake Tyers

Lake Tyers is at the eastern end of the Gippsland Lakes. Periodically the Lake is open to the ocean. It is known for its bream and Flathead. Lake Tyer’s fishing is known for Dusky flathead can be taken up to a metre long here. Any flathead over 50 cm must be returned to the water by law as they are spawning fish helping to populate the waterway.

Lake Tyer’s fishing can be done from the shores of the lake, the beach or on the water with the boat. Lake Tyer’s charters are a great way to get the best from Lake Tyers Fishing. Lake Tyer’s charters will take you to all areas of the lake. We have been on board and can recommend this Lake Tyres fishing experience

Mark out fishing in Gippsland on a boat holding up a fish he has caught.

Fishing in Gippsland – Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance is located in the East Gippsland Shire Australia some 320 east of Melbourne. Lakes Entrance is at the eastern end of the Gippsland Lakes system.

The Gippsland Lakes are the largest inland waterway in Australia. This area is sometimes referred to as the Victorian Rivera. Lakes Entrance is aptly known because it is where the lakes meet the ocean. Lakes Entrance is the only entrance/exit to the ocean from the lakes system.

Lakes Entrance is a tourist town (It has some of the best 90-mile beach camping spots in it) which gets heavily populated in the summer months but still has some fine fishing. Lakes Entrance fishing can either fish the ocean or the inlet which is connected to the Gippsland Lakes.

For those wanting to explore the ways of the water, Lakes Entrance Boat Hire can get you out on the water. Lakes Entrance Boat Hire does not require a licence.

On both sides of the entrance (which is part of the 90-mile beach) beaches provide an excellent surf fishing for salmon, snapper, tailor, silver trevally, jewfish and bream. Lakes Entrance beach fishing is very popular.

The Gippsland Lakes region is a good spot for bream, tailor, luderick, perch, flathead, garfish and mullet usually found in lakes, estuaries, rivers and inlets. Marlin has also been caught if you are willing to travel many kilometres offshore.

motor bike, 4WD outside the Dargo General Store

We thought you might like our related article that features fishing in Dargo. Dargo is a famous Gippsland high country town

The Tambo River

The Tambo River starts flowing in the High Country and finishes when it enters the Gippsland Lakes. The Tambo is best accessed at Johnsonville for boat launching. At the Swan Reach you can fish the banks of the Tambo in both a north and south direction with a road running parallel to the river. You are most likely to catch black bream, Australian bass, luderick, yellow-eye mullet, sea mullet, trevally, flathead, tailor, river garfish, and some estuary perch. For land-based anglers, the River can be accessed at Johnsonville and off the Metung Road.

The Nicholson River

The Nicholson River flows for 83 kilometres starting in the Australian Alps and emptying into the Gippsland Lakes System at Lake King. There are a boat ramp and facilities just near the main Princes Highway bridge to launch boats. Fishing can be done both upstream and downstream. The most common species taken are black bream and the jetty at Nicholson township is the best place for land-based Anglers

Springbergs Lane

Located on the lower reaches of the Avon river close to the mouth of Lake Wellington is Springbergs Lane. Springbergs Lane is accessed by turning off at Stratford when coming from the west and turning off just out of Bairnsdale on Bengworden Road. Springbergs Lane has wooden fishing platforms set up for anglers of all levels. You will catch Bream, Mullet and Carp at Springbergs. the best bait is worn, prawn or chicken

Fishing in Gippsland – Wattle Point

Wattle Point is on the Gippsland Lakes. Its located just out of Bairnsdale to it north and Paynesville to its east. Wattle Point has a jetty and boat ramp for access to the Gippsland Lakes. Fishing at Wattle Point is a peaceful and relaxing experience because every time I have been there you will find very few people. We have caught Bream and Flathead at Wattle Point here before. Best bait is worms and prawns and soft plastics produce good results

jetty for fishing at wattle point gippsland lakes

Fishing in Gippsland – Lake Wellington and Hollands Landing

Is the shallowest and largest of the lakes. It is linked to Lake Victoria by McLennan Strait which is known for its large catches of bream. Three rivers meet in the lake and these can be a good spot for bream, mullet and carp.

The girls fishing in Gippsland from a jetty. It is a bit cludy and they both look very bored with Marley laying down leaning over the jetty.
The girls at Holland Landing

Fishing in Gippsland – Port Albert and Port Welshpool

This is prolific with channels, islands, rivers and inlets which are subject to strong currents. More than 4 kg of large dusky flathead can be taken at Port Albert and snapper enters the bay in October or November. The surrounding waters of Port Welshpool take salmon, snapper, whiting and trevally. Other kinds taken in the area include barracuda, trevally, snook, mullet and cod.

Two fishing rods leaning against the jetty waiting for the fish to bite when were Fishing in Gippsland. The water is very blue and there are mountains in the background

This is prolific with channels, islands, rivers and inlets which are subject to strong currents. More than 4 kg of large dusky flathead can be taken at Port Albert and snapper enters the bay in October or November. The surrounding waters of Port Welshpool take salmon, snapper, whiting and trevally. Other kinds taken in the area include barracuda, trevally, snook, mullet and cod.

Lake Narracan

Lake Narracan is located just near the Moe Golf Course in Gippsland. Lake Narracan is an artificial lake built to help cool the nearby Yallourn brown coal power station. The lake measures 109 meters in length and is popular with day-trippers on sunny days. Fishing Lake Narracan returns mainly European carp with some of the biggest up to 5kg. Trout and redfin can be caught up tp 500 grams.

I could write an article a mile-long talking about fishing in our region. This is just saltwater fishing I have mentioned here. I have only touched on a few fishing spots in the East Gippsland Shire but there are hundreds, believe me. There are also many freshwater options nearby with the mountains for catching trout, bass and Redfin readily available. The European carp is a major problem in a lot of our waterways. It is an introduced species of fish and by law, if you catch it you must kill it and not put it back in the water.

We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to visit Gippsland for a holiday or a weekend. This area is an absolute hidden gem and you will want more every time you visit and Gippsland will always deliver. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Australia click through to our Australia Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.

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Fishing in Gippsland - Lakes, Rivers & Ocean
Fishing in Gippsland - Lakes, Rivers & Ocean

10 thoughts on “Fishing in Gippsland – Lakes, Rivers & Ocean”

  1. I remember going fishing with my Dad a few times and it was boring. You have pecked my interest to give it a try again.

  2. Fishing here is limited – where the fish are caught and left back into the water. I have tried the same once but have not really enjoyed it. Seems like it is quite prevalent in your part of the world. Nice guide for someone who enjoys it.

  3. This looks like a love lovely area. It’s funny how our perspectives change as we get older. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Fishing would indeed seem boring to a child because you need to sit still and that is asking for too much! how do your kids react to fishing?

  5. It is so sweet doing all those things with your kids. Even if you think they are getting bored (at least they have cell phones to entertain themselves now) they will reflect back on those memories as they get older and think they had the grandest time ever. My girls are now 20 and 23 and when we reminisce about old memories, they always seem to remember loving the things I thought they could care less about. Fishing is a great way of bonding, too, since you have to keep things less animated and quieter than usual. 😉 What a fun life.

  6. Have never been out fishing, but have come across people who almost felt like conquerors when they got a decent sized catch! I am sure they would enjoy this tremendously! Am tweeting it for them!

  7. What a wonderful thing to do with your children. I went deep sea fishing in Cambodia with these makeshift fishing rods from wire, stones, and coke bottles. Haha. I remember getting so frustrated because everyone else was catching fish and not me. Obviously not my forte! But I would definitely give it another go.

  8. I am still in the I’d don’t get fishing category. I am happy to go sit on the dock and do nothing, but fishing holds no appeal!


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