Welcome to the Canning Reserve Fishing Guide. Canning Reserve is located at Avondale Heights and is a wonderful urban fishing destination. It’s a great location to take children to learn how to fish with adventure playgrounds, BBQ’s, walking trails and an abundance of bream, estuary perch and mullet on offer.

Things to do at Canning Reserve

Canning Reserve is a wonderful spot for the family close to Melbourne. It has an adventure playground for the kids, walking trails, undercover electric BBQ’s, pathed walkways, picnic tables and toilet facilities. There is a scenic walking track as a great way to spot local bird and wildlife. The area also has a football ground, cricket pitch and is popular for sporting and exercise groups. One of the best kid-friendly areas you will find to take your youngsters to fish. Not too many Hazards to be concerned about, but if you plan to venture into the more rugged area then do be careful of snakes. Parking is available at the park grounds, but spots can fill up quickly. Nearby you also have the Highpoint shopping centre.

The Maribyrnong River is a scenic system that stretches 40 kilometres starting near the Docklands from the Yarra River. You can take a cruise along the river, it also has kilometres of concrete walking tracks which is very popular with locals, walking, jogging and fitness groups. It’s also popular with rowing clubs, bird watching and fishing. There are many parks and ideal locations for a picnic with the family. The river at Flemington goes directly past the Flemington racecourse which holds the world-renowned Melbourne cup and spring carnival yearly. Footscray Park is also a popular destination to watch the fireworks during new years eve celebrations. Closer to the entrance your only kilometres away from the Melbourne CBD, Dockland shopping precinct and the Queen Victoria market.

Fishing at Canning Reserve

A Canning Reserve you will encounter bream, mulloway, estuary perch, snapper ( pinkies ), trevally, salmon & mullet. Vic Fisheries are stocking Canning reserve with Estuary perch as part of their 10 million by 2020 initiative. There are some great fishing upgrades planned for the Maribyrnong River.

Fishing with bait on the Maribyrnong River

Bait fishing this stretch is a great option. Baits that you should consider using will include shrimp, yabbies, scrub worms, prawns, sandworms, Maggots, Scrub worms, Pilchards, Mussels, Yabbies, & Chicken. For more information on bait fishing on the Nong click here for our detailed guide on Guide on bait fishing for Bream.

Or watch our step by step instructional guide on how to rig up and catch bream

Fishing with lures on the Maribyrnong River

When it comes to lures the choice of bream lures is almost endless. Some of the best options include imitation Crabs ( such as Cranka Crab ), grub style soft plastics ( such as Z-man grubZ, squidgy wrigglers and Savage Gear pro grubs ), minnow style soft plastics ( such as Z-man slim swimZ, Savage Gear slim minnows), shallow diving hard body lures ( such as EcoGear SX Range, Daiwa Double-clutch, Nories laydown minnow, Jackall Chubby, Atomic Hardz, OSP Bent Minnows, Savage fathead cranks, range of shads ), Blades and Vibes ( such as Strike Pro Hummer, Ecogear ZX, Berkley Big Eye blades & 3B crank, Hurricane Vibe, Savage gear blades ).

To make things easier we created a detailed video on the best bream lures and how to use them.

To fish the Maribyrnong river successfully you will need a light finesse rod suited for bream fishing. We would suggest a light 7 foot rod 1-3 or 2-4 kilo capacity coupled with a 2000 size reel. Spool the reel with 6 or 4 pound braid finished with a rod length of 4 pound or 6 pound Fluro carbon leader. There is plenty of ultra-light and affordable bream rods and reels on the market. Some good rod choices include Daiwa Gen black series, Savage Gear LRF series, Shimano Jewel or Raider. Some good reels include the Shimano Stradic, Daiwa Sol3, Savage Gear stealth. The choices here are endless and constantly expanding so do some research on something that fits within your budget.

Generally, we found the peak of tide changes is the best. With fish more active on tidal movement. High tide is always favourable as the bream will come closer in to feed on the weed of the rock beds.


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


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