Welcome to the Anderson inlet Fishing Guide. Anderson Inlet is a popular swimming, kayaking, boating and fishing destination. Roughly 2 hours drive or 150 kilometres from Melbourne located within the South Gippsland next to the township of Inverloch. It offers scenic views and nice walking and cycling trails. The inlet is a flat muddy shallow system full of mangroves. There is plenty of fish in this estuary system providing great all year round fishing location that offers a wide range of fish species to target. There are a couple of boat launching areas one located in Inverloch and the other at Maher’s landing.

Things to do at Anderson inlet

Anderson Inlet is a shallow estuary in South Gippsland Victoria next to the township of Inverloch. There is ample parking at the beach entrance.

This is a popular spot for fishing, hiking and cycling and local attractions include the Screw Creek Nature Trail and the Bass Coast Rail Trail. There are also nearby parks including the Coastal Reserve and Bunurong Marine Coastal Park.

There are beautiful views and active wildlife including being home to a large volume of native birds.

Fishing at Anderson inlet

If your planning on boating the inlet then some local knowledge is key. Particular understanding the water depth and flow between tide changes to keep safe. You can launch your boat from the Inverloch boat ramp with 2 launching lanes and paved car park at Inverloch which provides nice launching facilities.

At Anderson inlet, you can catch salmon, snapper ( click here to read how to catch snapper around Victoria ) trevally, estuary perch, bream, flathead, whiting, tailor, mulloway, elephant fish and gummy sharks. If fishing with bait then great options include pilchard, chicken, bass yabbies and tube worms. Soft plastics and shallow diving hard body lures also work a treat.

Targeting salmon check out this crazy bust-up that our team stumbled upon

If your fishing with lures then we would highly recommend a light spinning outfit. A 2-4 kilo graphite spin rod coupled with a 2000 or 2500 size reel is perfect. Then spool the reel with a quality 8-pound braid and 1-rod length of 8-pound fluorocarbon leader. It means should you happen to get a strike from a mulloway then you have your work cut out for you, but this is the perfect setup for most of the species that you’ll be catching.

Winter is a great time to fish this area with big schools of salmon moving into the entrance. Trolling metal spoons or hard body lures on a boat or kayak is a great way to locate the schools. Winter is also a good time for fishing as the inlet isn’t cram-packed full of people on holidays.


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Known hazards

You must keep a close eye on tidal movements. This is a very shallow system and you need to ensure you plan ahead and don’t get stranded in certain areas during low tide times. 


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