Fishing locations Mitchell River is a unique fishing option in east Gippsland around 3 hours drive from Melbourne and only a short distance away from township Bairnsdale. Spread across scenic riverside, and stretching through to rainforest territory. This destination review focuses on the river entrance where you will target bream, flathead and estuary perch. On its day this can be an amazing spot for bream which are in big numbers and sizes.

FISH SPECIES TO TARGET

bream, estuary perch, flathead

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 ).

ROD SETUP

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

This is an all year round fishing destination, which can be quite exceptional in winter when bream are spawning.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Depending on which part you go to this can be a great family friendly spot. With scenic walking tracks along the river and within the rainforest

KNOWN HAZARDS

Always be careful in rural areas along the river which have reptiles such as tiger and brown snakes.