Welcome to the Erskine River Fishing Guide. The Erskine River is a small water system located at the entrance of Lorne. It’s a very scenic area with lovely walking tracks, bridges and entrances to the Lorne Beach. It’s very easily accessible and you will often see campers along this river strip with rods set up outside their tents and vans. The river is murky but chock full of small Bream and Mullet. A great fishing spot is at the entrance near the bridge above or further down near the weed beds.

Things to do Lorne Erskine River

A scenic area and the kids will enjoy the walk up and down the wooden walking paths, bridges and playgrounds along the area. And the beach is a small walking distance away. Parking is available in the information outlet car park just as you head into the Lorne township or opposite La mantra accommodation resort.

Lorne is a very popular holiday destination with plenty of outdoor activities for the family. There are many clean beaches including the main beach which is monitored by the local life-saving club, then there is Scotchman’s hill beach and Shelly beach. Then you can explore Lorne natural beauty and wonders with some amazing waterfalls including Erskine Falls, Won Wondah falls, Henderson falls, Phantom falls, Sheoak falls & Cumberland falls. There are plenty of beautiful scenic walks including Teddy’s lookout, Queens park walk, St Georges river walks, Stony Creek walk and the historic bridge walk. There are also many places perfect for a picnic or BBQ.

Lorne is also well known for the great ocean road which was finished in 1932. A 243-kilometre winding road carefully built between hillsides and surf beaches is a true wonder of Victoria. Starting from Torquay and finishing near Warnambool. Along the journey, you will pass beautiful beaches, remarkable lookouts, vibrant townships, waterfalls, light towers, and finish near the 12 apostles.

Fishing Erskine River

At Erskine River, you can target bream, estuary perch, and mullet. The most popular form of catching bream here is with lures and soft plastics. The choice of lures when targeting bream is almost endless. Do make sure you read our guide on the best lures to catch bream. Some recommended options would include Cranka Crabs, shallow diving crank lures, small paddle tail soft plastics, small curl tail soft plastics, minnow imitations, vibes and blades. It’s also a great spot for surface lures which can be one of the most fun forms of fishing with light gear. Check out our details video guide on bream lures below.

When flicking lures and plastics you will need an ultralight spinning outfit. This would start with a light rod around 7 foot in length either a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo class. There are so many great options to choose from in this range which can be quite confusing for beginners. When choosing a reel make sure you pick a 1000, 2040 or 2500 size is best, spooled with 4-6 pound braid and finished with a 2 or 4-pound leader. Again the range of reels on the market is amazing and the budgets vary greatly depending on your skill level and spending habits.

If you plan on fishing with baits than we would highly recommend using Sandworms, maggots, scrub worms, pilchards, mussels, yabbies, & chicken. For bait fishing again a light rod setup is best. A 2-4 kilo class rod with a 2500 size reel would be a great option spooled with 6-pound line. Beginners can go a little heavier with a 3-5 kilo rod. We would encourage you to watch our video below on how to catch bream with bait or read our detailed guide on Bait fishing for Bream.

Any time of day, though some fish will be more active at Dawn and Dusk. Like all rural areas always take notice of areas that might hold snakes.


There are many signs around the area warning of hazardous bacteria in the water. So it would be best not to eat anything caught out of the Erskine River and to wash your hands thoroughly after fishing this area.


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