Fishing guide for Altona Pier is a popular fishing location located along Millers road. It has recently had thousands of people gather on the pier with their smartphones to collect rare Pokémon characters. However, Altona pier can be a quality fishing location particularly with its recent addition of an artificial reef located roughly 50 meters beyond the end of the pier. It’s also closely located to natural reef and rocks which produce good numbers of large snapper in the warmer months. Often anglers will head towards the end of the pier and cast out as far as they can to get their baits around the artificial reef. This location is popular with Kayakers who fish beyond the end of the pier drifting for flathead and snapper.

Our fishing videos from this location

Kayak lesson at Altona turns into salmon chaos –

Anzac Day challenge at Altona beach –

Fish species to target

Snapper, flathead, salmon, trevally, mullet, squid, garfish & Leather Jackets.

Here is a video on how to catch flathead from Altona which you might find helpful – 

Fishing Altona Pier with bait

When bait fishing at Altona Pier we would recommend using pilchards, pipis, raw chicken, blue bait and squid

Fishing Altona Pier with lures

Soft plastics work great in this area we recommend small curl tail and minnow imitations. Either cast out and retrieved slowly with some lifts and pauses or hard up against the structure of the pier. You’re likely to catch flathead and bream and seasonally pinkies and salmon

Rod setup

At Altona, you’re likely to be catching pinkies and flathead so you don’t need to fish too heavy but should be prepared for the odd large snapper. If your bait fishing from the pier then a light to medium rod between 7 foot and 9 foot is ideal. Casting directly from the end of the pier out towards the artificial reefs. We find that a 2-4 or 3-5 kilo rod will be enough. A good overall rig to use is a running sinker rig to a swivel and 50cm of strong leader finished with a pilchard tail or squid tentacles. Or a paternoster rig with pilchard, pipi or raw chicken will fish well in the immediate area.

Most productive times

This spot usually fishes well on the tide change often seeing pinkies caught on the incoming high tide and flathead caught on the outgoing low tide. But the surrounding areas tend to fish well on dawn and dusk. Many anglers have reported having more success on large snapper during windy conditions. Remember that certain fish are seasonal. Snapper active in the warmer months and Salmon active in the colder months.

Family friendly notes

Children will need to be closely supervised when fishing on the pier. The pier can be quite slippery and there is a decent drop of the edges. There are also anglers casting quite close to each other, so they will need to watch flying hooks. However, this is a great place for the family if you intend to have some fun on the beach with the kids. Parking during the peak of summer can be challenging as this is a popular area. If your fishing, try and get in early to avoid the crowds.

Known hazards

Often there are rows of anglers so the biggest danger will be avoiding line tangles or walking behind someone who is casting, so be weary of those around you. Also, you’re likely to catch toadfish, stingrays and banjo sharks which are a pest, just make sure you handle them with care and put them back into the water safely.

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