The Hopkins River is a popular fishing destination well known for its quality year-round bream and estuary perch fishing. Roughly 2 hours and 45-minute drive from Melbourne this river span 270 kilometres starting at the entrance located near Warrnambool which is a great spot for targeting salmon and bream and stretches all the way to Arrarat not far from the Grampians. The river descends over 300 metres and eventually passes the very scenic Hopkins falls.

What fish can I catch at Hopkins River

Bream, estuary perch, Mulloway, flathead, mullet

What are the best lures to use at Hopkins River

Your main target species on the Hopkins River will be bream and estuary perch. We find using bream lures will allow you to target both species successfully. Click on this link which is our guide to the best bream lures and soft plastics and how to use them.

What are the best baits to use at Hopkins River

When bait fishing the Hopkins river we would suggest using fresh or live baits where possible. Some good options include sandworms, crabs, maggots, scrub worms, Pilchards, Mussels, Yabbies, Chicken. When bait fishing try fishing unweighted or using a simple running rig with a small sinker to a swivel, then about 45cm of leader to a small hook size 6 or 8.

Rod, Reel and line setup for Hopkins River

A light rod suited for bream is ideal. We recommend a 1–3 or 2-4 kilo capacity fishing rod coupled with a 1000, 2000 or 2500 size reel. We would generally spool this with 4-6 pound braid and an equivalent leader. This will ensure your setup is sensitive to feel any bite and inquiries. The Hopkins river also has a good population of Mulloway and no doubt with a bream setup you’re likely to be busted off. If you are specifically targeting Mulloway then a 6-10 or 10-15 kilo rod coupled with a 3000 or 4000 size reel spooled with 20-30 pound line would be a good starting platform.

The most productive time to fish the Hopkins River

The Hopkins River generally fishes well all year round for bream and estuary perch. The peak of tide changes is a good time to fish as fish are more active on tidal movement. High tide is always favorable as the bream will come closer in to feed on the weed of the rock beds.


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Additions and corrections for the Hopkins River

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