Fishing locations Docklands is a great fishing location so close to Melbourne. It offers anglers with a wide variety of species to target and techniques to master. Its a great spot for Anglers chasing Bream within structure and pylons and seasonly has a run of Snapper, Mulloway and recently King fish. You can fish from the piers and jetties or even casting out towards the Bolte Bridge. Its also a spot goring in popularity with Kayakers if you can find parking close enough.
FISH SPECIES TO TARGET
Bream, Snapper, Trevally, Mulloway, Flathead, Mullet, Garfish, King Fish
BEST BAITS AND LURES
Soft plastics, crab imitations, vibes and Blades are great in this area, where you can accurately cast your lure of choice very close to structure and strike zone. If your bait fishing then live maggots, Pilchards, Squid, whiting fillet and Chicken are good options n this area.
There are so many techniques on offer at Docklands. If targeting species such as Bream or silver Trevally then a light 7 foot rod is best. If bait fishing it would be good to experiment with a using a float to avoid snags and a light leader. Again when fishing lures and soft plastics a light yet stiff 7 foot rod is an ideal choice allowing you to get your plastics or blades in the right zone. Then there is the other extreme were serious anglers targeting Mulloway would select a very heavy rod, a large reel spooled with 100 pound braid using live mullet as the bait of choice. Again there are so many options so don’t be afraid to experiment with what works for you.
MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES
High tide is always preferable for me at the Docklands, The rising tide brings fish into feed on the structure. Sunrise and sundown are always favorable but not a necessity in this area unless you plan to chase Mulloway which are much more active at night.
This is great spots for kids. There are lots of different locations to fish within a small area and cafes and shops are close by so should the bite not be on you can go and do another activity for a while and later come back to the fishing.
This biggest issue at the Docklands will likely be getting your lines snagged and needing to re-rig up. This will happen when fishing close to the structure and getting bites and just generally some times so go prepared, and don’t let a bust of to a good fish break your spirits as thats to be expected in this area.
Parking at the docklands for fishing can be a little tricky. There are some free parking spots towards North Wharf road but they fill up very quickly. In most cases will cost you around $15 and you may be forced to carry your fishing gear amongst the crowds shopping or going to the footy.
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.