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Warrnambool Fishing Guide

Snapper & Salmon

Snapper

Best Spots

  • Surf:logans Beach
  • Rock: Close in reefs
  • Boat: Out from Warrnambool

Excellent

  • Jan – Mar
  • Jan – mar
  • De – Mar

Very Good

  • Apr, Nov, Dec, Apr, Nov

Good

  • Apr, Nov, Dec

Time

  • Morning & evening

Bait

  • Octopus, squid, fish fillet, blue bait, pilchard

Rig

  • Single hook above sinker

Salmon

Best Spots

  • Boat: off shoe reef; levy’s

Excellent

  • june – Aug

Very Good

  • Apr

Good

  • Apr. May, Sept

Time

  • Morning & Evening

Bait

  • Whitebait, blue bait

Rig

  • Double hook, one above and one below sinker

Mulloway & Bream

Mulloway

Best Spots

  • Surf: Hopkins Mouth
  • River: Hopkins River

Excellent

  • Jan – Feb
  • Jan – mar

Very Good

  • Dec, April

Good

  • Mar, April, Nov

Time

  • Late afternoon & night
  • Morning, evening & night

Bait

  • Octopus. fish fillet, live mullet, spew worms, clickers

Rig

  • Single running hook
  • Live bait trolled or anchored, no weight

Bream

Best Spots

  • River: Hopkins and Merri

Excellent

  • Nov – mar

Very Good

  • Apr, may, July, Oct

Good

  • June

Time

  • Morning evening, during day

Bait

  • Clickers, worms, shells, shrimp

Rig

  • Running sinker of no sinker

Mullet & Brown Trout

Mullet

Best Spots

  • River: Hopkins

Excellent

  • Jan, Feb, May – july

Very good

  • Mar, Apr, Aug – Dec

Time

  • During day on rising tide

Bait

  • Worms

Rig

  • Two hooks under a float or slowly trolled

Brown Trout

Best Spots

  • River: Merri, Upper Hopkins, Lake Gillear

Very Good

  • All year round

Time

  • Evening or morning

Bait

  • Worms, shrimps, lures, mud eye

Rig

  • Single hook under float or no sinker. Alternative spin retrieve

Whiting & Yellow Tail Kingfish

Whiting

Best Spots

  • Boat/Beach Killarney

Excellent

  • Dec, Mar

Very Good

  • Nov

Good

  • Apr, May

Time

  • Evening or night

Bait

  • Squid, cockles, spew worms

Rig

  • Double Hook or single, running sinker

Yellow Tail Kingfish

Best Spots

  • Surf/Boat: Warrnambool & Killarney

Excellent

  • Dec, Feb

Very Good

  • Mar

Good

  • Nov

Time

  • Early morning & daytime

bait

  • Squid, gars, lures

Rig

  • Single hook for bait

Blue Fin Tuna & Sweep

Blue Fin Tuna

Best Spots

  • BOAT: Warrnambool & Killarney

Excellent

  • April, June

Time

  • Daytime

Bait

  • Trolled lures

Rig

  • Single hook in lure

Sweep

Best Spots

  • ROCKS: Warrnambool to Port Campbell

Excellent

  • Dec, March

Very Good

  • April, May

Good

  • June, Nov

Time

  • Daytime

Bait

  • Crazy tail, cockles, prawn

Rig

  • Two hooks, one below sinker

Garfish & Pike

Garfish

Best Spots

  • ROCKS/PIERS: All along coast in small bays

Excellent

  • Dec, Feb

Very good

  • March, Nov

Good

  • April, June, Oct

Time

  • Daytime

Bait

  • Sandworm, Sand fleas, Cray Tail

Rig

  • Two hooks, below floater slowly trawled

Pike

Best Spots

  • BOAT: Warrnambool

Very Good

  • Dec, March, July, Aug

Good

  • April, June, Sept, Nov

Time

  • Daytime

Bait

  • Lures, Blue bait

Rig

  • Lure trolled deep with paravene near reef

Barracouta & Red fin

Barracouta 

Best Spots

  • BOAT/PIER: out from Warrnambool

Excellent

  • April, May

Very Good

  • March

Good

  • Feb, June

Time

  • Daytime

Bait

  • Lures, pilchard

Rig

  • Trolled lure on cord or wire trace

Red Fin

Best Spots

  • LAKES: Lake Winslow, Lake Pertobe

Excellent

  • Feb, March, Dec

Very Good

  • Jan, April, Oct, Nov

Good

  • May

Time

  • Daytime

Bait

  • Minnows, worms, lures

Rig

  • Jigged lures or slowly trolled bait

Trevally & Estuary Perch

Trevally

Best Spots

  • PIER/BOAT:Breakwater

Excellent

  • Aug, Sept

Very Good

  • July, Oct

Good

  • Jan, feb, Nov

Time

  • Anytime

Bait

  • Prawn, worms, Cray tail

Rig

  • Double hook similar to whiting and sweep

Estuary Perch

Best Spots

  • RIVER: Hopkins

Excellent

  • Jan, May, June

Very Good

  • Feb, April, July, Nov, Dec

Time

  • Evening or during night

Bait

  • Shrimp, lures

Rig

  • Single hook float or no sinker. Fast spun lure

Gummy Shark & School Shark

Gummy Shark

Best Spots

  • SURF: Logans Beach
  • BOAT: Out from Warrnambool

Excellent

  • Oct, Nov

Very Good

  • Dec – March

Good

  • June, July

Time

  • Evening

bait

  • Fish Fillet

Rig

  • Single hook with wire trace

School Shark

Best Spots

  • SURF/BOAT:As Above

Excellent

  • June, July

Very Good

  • May

Good

  • Aug – Oct, April

Time

  • Evening

Bait

  • Fish Fillet

Rig

  • Single hook with wire trace

Fishing Licence

    All fishers, fresh and sea, need licences even for collecting bait. Licence must be carried and produced on demand.

 

$36.20 for 1 year                              $10.00 for 3 days                 Under 18, seniors, 70+ years, carers, pensioners free

$98.20 for 3 years                            $20.60 for 28 days

 

Licences & bait are available from the following:

  • Warrnambool Visitor Information Centre, 89 Merri St (Licence only)
  • East Warrnambool Milkbar (aka Hopkins River Bait Shop), Cnr Flaxman & Nicholson Sts (Licence, live & frozen Bait)
  • K-mart, 150 Raglan Parade (Licence Only)
  • Hopkins River Caravan Park, 125 Jubilee Park Road (Licence & bait)
  • Hopkins River Milk Bar, 8 Hopkins Road (Bait Only)
  • Warrnambool Holiday Park, Cnr Raglan Parade & Simpson Street (Licence & bait)
  • Apco Service Station, 485 Raglan Parade (Bait only)
  • DWELP (Online Licence only)
  • Warrnambool Beach Backpackers, 17 Stanley St (Licence, bait, tackle hire )

Accommodation Nearby

Things To Do Nearby

Merri View Gallery

Warrnambool

Relax & Entertain

Warrnambool

East Framlingham Golf Club

Framlingham

Capitol Cinema

Warrnambool

Places To Eat & Drink

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