Welcome to the Clifton Springs Fishing Guide. This is a lovely residential township home to roughly 8,000 residents it’s a great weekend getaway destination with the family. It’s roughly 90 kilometres away from Melbourne passing through Geelong. The township received its name after mineral springs were found in the area ion the 1870s. Today it provides clean water access to Port Phillip bay overlooking Corio Bay directly opposite the Mornington Peninsula. With clear waters, weed beds it offers a variety of fish species to target and excellent for squid and whiting.
Things to do at Clifton Springs
Clifton Springs is a small town on the Bellarine Peninsula in southern Victoria. The popular town has lots of character with lovely beach fronts overlooking the harbour. There is a small volume of shops but the majority of shops are located in neighbouring township Drysdale. There are nearby parks, playgrounds and boat hire for those hoping for a day out on the water. A little further up towards the point, you can catch the ferry to the Mornington peninsula and checkout popular towns such as Sorrento and Rye or walk the scenic Point Nepean national park.
There are several local attractions nearby including the historic lighthouse, museum, gallery, observation deck, Bellarine railway and grand hotel. The town is well known for catching the ferry between Queenscliff to the Mornington Peninsula to visit popular townships such as Sorrento and Portsea. The rail line is often an attraction featuring large steam trans as Thomas the tank characters.
Closer to Geelong attractions include then Geelong adventure park which has world-class rides and waterslides. Including the new Tsunami waterslide. Also, the beautifully maintained Geelong botanic gardens. Which offers amazing landscaped gardens for the whole family to enjoy
Fishing at Clifton Springs
You can either fish Clifton springs by land, boat or kayak. For land base fisherman the existing Jetty has finished a recent renovation taking the jetty from 35 meters long to 70 meters long. This now is an excellent place to fish for squid, garfish, mullet whiting. At times you can get your baits out far enough to also target flathead and pinkies. For those in a boat or kayak squid and whiting will likely be the most targeted species. The whole area in depths from 2 -5 meters is full of weed beds which makes a great ecosystem for squid and whiting. A good spot to start is near the stumps on the ground to the right of the boat ramp.
If your chasing squid then a light fishing rod between 7.5 foot and 9 foot in length is ideal. There are plenty of egi rods on the market fit for purpose. Having a 300 size reel spooled with 10-pound braid and leader. Squid jigs can be prone to snagging in this area, and we have found a lot of locals using the smaller size of 2.5 and 3.0 gram jigs and working them slowly to avoid this problem. We haven’t had too many issues catching both squid and whiting during any part of the day, however dawn and dusk always seem to be productive times especially on the incoming high tide. If you would like more information specifically to catching squid then please read our article on Master squid fishing around Melbourne.
If your specifically targeting garfish or whiting then consider using small hooks as these species have small mouths and using small hooks such as a size 12 long shank will increase your catch rates. We would also recommend berleying the area you are fishing which is a great way to attract garfish and whiting. You can buy premade berley or make your own using breadcrumbs and tuna oil.
Good bait options will include pilchards, silver whiting, pipis, raw chicken, squid strips, maggots, silverfish. You can also fish this area with soft plastics to target pinkies and flathead. Picking the right conditions will be important to ensure you can cast your soft plastics far enough out. Also, keep in mind that this area is all rock so you are very prone to having your sinkers and jog heads snagging up on the rocks. This might take some time to work out how to effectively fish this area without loosing to much gear.
Then you can go beyond the channel markers which is great grounds for snapper, flathead and gummy sharks. Youll want to be fishing a little heavier when you do this. This might be a 3-5 kilo fishing rod coupled with a 3000 size reel spooled with 8-pound line, or a 4-7 kilo fishing rod couple with a 400 size reel spooled with 20 pound braid. You will also run into small pinkies, garfish and leather jackets. Using a basic paternoster rig with some fresh bait will work well for many different species.
Boat and Kayak access at Clifton Springs
Boat and kayak access is easy using the main boat ramp on Jetty road. This is an excellent facility with multiple launching areas and ample parking. Those with kayaks can also choose to launch just opposite the boat ramp. Squid and whiting grounds are easily accesiable on a kayak without needing to venture too far out.
Known hazards at Clifton Springs.
Many rods being cast in a condensed area so be mindful of others casting around you
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