Fishing locations Canning Reserve is located at Avondale Heights and is a wonderful urban fishing destination. Its a top choice to take children to to learn how to fish with playgrounds, running areas and an abundance of small Bream, Estuary Perch and Mullet on offer.

FISH SPECIES TO TARGET

Bream, Estuary Perch, Mullet. Vic Fisheries have started stocking this area with Estuary perch as part of their 10 million by 2020 initiative. Event can be seen here

BEST BAITS AND LURES

Scrub worms and Maggots are very effective baits for Bream and Mullet in this area. I have also seen many other anglers using Pilchard strips, Bass Yabbies & Chicken strips.

Soft plastics and Blades are also good in this area but very prone to snags and rubbish on the surface. I had some success using Zman grubs and blood worm squidges, and some success with the range of Berkeley big eye blades casting as close to structure and retrieving slowly for best results.

ROD SETUP

If fishing with lures and plastics I would recommend a very light rod partnered with a 1000 or 2500 spinning reel. If fishing with bait I recommend a 7 foot rod 1 – 4 kilo capacity, with a 2000-3000 reel. It needs to be sensitive to see the bites and inquiries. I usually go with a 40cm leader around 6 pound to a swivel, then above having a very small running ball sinker on your main line. This allows the bait to move freely and fussy Bream to not be frightened off.

MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES

You can fish this system anytime and produce good results. Sometimes the best time to fish is during overcast conditions where the Bream seem a little more confident.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

One of the best kid friendly areas you will find. There’s a large playground, walking tracks, football oval, toilets and plenty of area to run around. This is an ideal location to take your youngsters to fish.

KNOWN HAZARDS

Not to many Hazards to be concerned about, but if you plan to venture into the more rugged area then do be careful of snakes.

PARKING

Parking is available at the park grounds, but spots can fill up quickly.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

Only 2 fishing lines permitted, Always carry your Victorian fishing license, and always follow catch limits. Where possible we encourage catch and release.