Welcome to the Hopkins River Fishing Guide. The Hopkins River is a popular fishing destination well known for its quality year-round bream and estuary perch fishing. Located around 3 hours drive from Melbourne the Hopkins river spans 271 kilometres. The entrance starting near Warrnambool which is a great spot for targeting salmon and bream and then 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.

Things to do at Hopkins River

Hopkins falls is a scenic destination near the township of Allansford. The falls is 90 meters wide and 12 meters straight down over basalt rocks. This is a great location for some scenic photos and walking. The Hopkins River is close to premier fishing destinations such as Port Fairy and close to townships such as Warnambool. Warnambool is a great place to take the family for a weekend away. In winter a highlight is whale watching and all year round you can enjoy clean beaches, swimming, good accommodation, scenic views and vibrant town with cafes and restaurants.

Nearby attractions include the bay of islands spectacular scenic formation the 12 apostles historic rocks, Warnambool botanic gardens, Warnabmool art gallery, Warnambool racetrack and amazing coastline full of fishing opportunities.

Fishing the Hopkins River

At Hopkins River, you can target bream, estuary perch, flathead, mullet, salmon and mulloway. The most popular form of catching bream in the Hopkins river 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. Again the options here are almost endless.

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. Always be careful when the river entrance opens. During this time the tidal flow can be very strong and quite dangerous. Like all rural areas always take notice of areas that might hold snakes.


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