Welcome to the Lagoon Pier Fishing guide. The Lagoon pier is located in Port Melbourne roughly 20 minutes drive from the CBD. It was built in 1889 and overlooks Port Phillip Bay located on beach street. Today It can produce a wide range of species for anglers all year round. It can also provide spectacular Snapper fishing in the summer months. It’s also a popular spot for walkers and cyclist along the adjacent pathways of Port Melbourne and Albert Park. Lagoon pier has public toilets, parking and cafes nearby making it an excellent land-based fishing location.

From Kerferd road pier, you will see the adjacent piers in princess pier, Lagoon pier and station pier. Check out this detailed about targeting snapper around Port Melbourne.

Fishing Lagoon Pier Port Melbourne

Lagoon pier can be a very productive land base location and often a better choice then neighbouring piers. Lagoon pier has an unusually narrow layout with rocky surroundings prone to snags so rigging choices need to be made carefully. As the video above highlights, the greater Port Melbourne area is a terrific fishing location for targeting snapper particularly throughout summer. You can also target flathead, gummy shark, snook, garfish. On occasions, you will also come across tailor, flounder, bream, whiting, salmon, trevally, mulloway and mullet. When fishing from a pier like this with so many options an all-round rod setup might be a good option allowing you to target multiple species at once. A 3-5 kilo rod with a 3000 size reel spooled with 15-pound braid and equivalent leader is a great starting point. You may also opt to use a larger 10 – 12 foot surf rod paired with a 4000 – 6000 size reel with 20-pound line to target snapper, gummy shark or mulloway.

Good bait choices include pilchards, blue bait, squid, pipis, mussels, maggots, whiting fillets and raw chicken. Rigs worth considering are simple running sinker setup and a paternoster rigs. They will allow you to cast far and target multiple species. does the trick in this location for many species. Using burley really does help keep the fish around. If you’re targeting large snapper and gummy sharks then a full pilchard or squid head with a size 5/0 or 6/0 Mustad hook is a great way to go.

When bait fishing for snapper and gummy sharks a suitable setup with your surf rod is a Paternoster rig with a heavy sinker attached to cast out far. This gives you 2 separate baits at different heights.





Another great variation is to present 1 full bait with double snelled hooks. This rig is perfect when your target multiple species such as snapper, salmon, mulloway and gummy sharks






This is a great location to catch flathead with soft plastics. Our goto choices have been 4-inch jerk shads, and grub styles soft plastics and curl tails. These rigged on a 1/8 or 1/6 ounce jig head is a great combination not only for flathead but also pinkies and salmon. Other good options include crab imitations, blades and vibes. Good rods choices for flicking soft plastics are either a 7 foot 2-4 kilo rod coupled with a 2500 size reel spooled with 10 pound braid. or you can go a little heavier such as a 3-5 kilo rod with a 3000 size reel spooled with 15-pound braid and equivalent leader.

Much patience is needed at Lagoon pier. Especially if you are targeting a bigger fish with heavier gear and big baits. It’s best to follow the tides. The low tide seems to bring good runs of flathead and salmon and the high tide consistently produces a good volume of snapper, pinkies and bream. With the hours of first and, last light are good times to fish regardless of the tides. The full moon is often a good time to target mulloway and gummy sharks and new moon to target snapper. Many of the bigger fish are often caught at night.

Only 2 fishing lines permitted, Always carry your Victorian fishing license, and always follow catch limits. Where possible we encourage catch and release. If fishing from a kayak always take the necessary safety precautions and keep your distance from boats. Here is our guide on Kayak safety

Things to do in Port Melbourne

Port Melbourne is a stylish township where high rise residential buildings and cafes run along the bay. It’s a great place for dinner with many restaurants along bay street. Your only a short distance away from the West Gate Bridge, Melbourne CBD. This stretch is very popular with walking, cycling and jogging along the paved walkways along the beach. There are also dog-friendly beaches. A great time to walk along the beach is on sundown. A scenic area is great for photo opportunities. Take the kids for ice cream and play in the sandy beach area. There are many piers along this stretch such as Kerferd road pier, lagoon pier, station pier and princess pier. Due to its deep waters, many large boats will be moored along station pier. Including the spirit of Tasmania, Queen Elizabeth, large shipping vessels and navy vessels.

A short distance away you can take a hot air balloon ride and overlook the bay and piers along with Port Melbourne. You can also jump onboard cruise ships that will take you around Port Melbourne, Williamstown and stretches of the Yarra River. Of course, this area is also well known as a top fishing location around Melbourne. Hence this Lagoon Pier Fishing Guide. Deep waters easily accessible and wonderful catches of snapper annually.

Port Melbourne is a hotspot for catching juvenile snapper called pinkies. You can catch them in big numbers as this novelty video highlights catching 50 fish in 1 hour using hot dogs as bait.


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