Fishing locations Maribyrnong or the Nong as we call it has developed a mighty reputation as a brilliant urban bream fishing location. Its been heavily stocked with Estuary perch in recent times and that will grow and flourish in years to come. The River spans 40 kilometres long starting from the mouth of Port Phillip bay sharing the entrance of the Yarra river but goes flows all the way through brimbank park, Taylors lakes then through to country Victoria finishing past areas such as Sunbury, Macedon and Bacchus Marsh.
The river is mainly fished in locations throughout urban Melbourne. There are scattered boat ramps and jetties all around Flemington, Footscray, Avondale Heights and Maribyrnong. Some noted areas for land base anglers would include being the anglers tavern, Canning Reserve and Footscray Buddhist temple, This is a great river which can provide quality fish all year round With bream being your main target species.
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FISH SPECIES TO TARGET
Bream, Mulloway, Estuary Perch, Snapper ( pinkies ), Trevally, Salmon & Mullet. The upper reaches include Redfin, Carp and Tench.
BEST BAITS AND LURES
Shrimp, yabbies, scrub worms, prawns, sand worms, Maggots, Scrub worms, Pilchards, Mussels, Yabbies, & Chicken. Click here to see our full guide for bait fishing for Bream.
The choice of bream lures is almost endless. Some of the best options include imitation Crabs ( such as Cranka Crab ), grub style soft plastics ( such as Z-man grubZ, squidgee wrigglers and Savage Gear pro grubs ), minnow style soft plastics ( such as Z-man slim swimZ, Savage Gear slim minnows), shallow diving hard body lures ( such as EcoGear SX Range, Daiwa Double clutch, Nories laydown minnow, Jackall Chubby, Atomic Hardz, OSP Bent Minnows, Savage fathead cranks, range of shads ), Blades and Vibes ( such as Strike Pro Hummer, Ecogear ZX, Berkley Big Eye blades & 3B crank, Hurricane Vibe, Savage gear blades ).
You will most likely be using a rod suited for bream fishing. We would suggest a light 7 foot rod 1-3 or 2-4 kilo capacity coupled with a 2000 size reel. Spool the reel with 6 or 4 pound braid finished with a rod length of 4 pound or 6 pound Fluro carbon leader. There a plenty of ultra light and affordable bream rods and reels on the market. Some good rod choices include Daiwa Gen black series, Savage Gear LRF series, Shimano Jewel or Raider. Some good reels include the Shimano Stradic, Daiwa Sol3, Savage Gear stealth/ The choices here are endless and constantly expanding so do some research on something that fits within your budget.
MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES
Peak of tide changes are the best. With fish more active on tidal movement. High tide is always favourable as the bream will come closer in to feed on the weed of the rock beds.
This is a nice and kid friendly location, as the river stretches through many parks and grasslands such as Canning reserve.
Rowers & floating debris are likely to collect your fishing lines. You may also experience frustration as your lines get picked by small bait fish and star fish. The Maribyrnong River is home to 4 species of snake including the Tiger, eastern Brown, Copperhead and red bellied black.
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.