Welcome to the fishing location guide for Queenscliff Pier. This is a lovely vibrant town great for weekend getaways with the family. It’s roughly 100 kilometres away from Melbourne passing through Geelong. The pier is located towards the end of Symonds street in a beautiful scenic area. It’s an entrance to Port Phillip bay directly opposite the Mornington Peninsula with the next closest land spot being Portsea. Facing opposite Portsea pier. Many visitors travel to this spot to catch the ferry between Portsea and Queenscliff. With clear waters, weed beds and fishing in roughly 6-meter deep water, it offers a vast array of fishing species to target and excellent land-based squid fishing.

Things to do at Queenscliff

Queenscliff is a small town on the Bellarine Peninsula in southern Victoria. This is a beautiful spot with surrounding beaches, rock pools, ocean views and plenty of photo opportunities. The kids will need to be closely supervised when on the pier. There is available parking, toilets, shops, parks, BBQ’s and cafes. It’s also a spot to catch the renowned ferry to the Mornington peninsula. It’s the direct entrance to Port Phillip by and the township is surrounded by the ocean. The town has lots of character with lovely beach fronts, historic shop fronts, restaurants and cafes many overlooking the harbour.

There are several local attractions including the historic lighthouse, museum, gallery, observation deck, Bellarine railway and grand hotel. The town is well known for catching the ferry between Queenscliff to the Mornington Pensilau to visit popular townships such as Sorrento and Portsea. The rail line is often an attraction featuring large steam trans as Thomas the tank characters.

Fishing at Queenscliff Pier

Queenscliff pier gives local anglers access to quite deep water. There are many different species of fish that you can target and they all require slightly different setups. Let’s start by saying that you can catch squid, snapper, whiting, salmon, flathead, mullet, garfish, trevally, wrasse, leather jacket, rays and gummy sharks at this destination. We have even seen the odd 7-gill shark and bronze whaler in this immediate area.  Fishing dawn or dusk on the incoming high tide will be your best chance especially when the wind is chopping up a little. Quite often after a couple of days of strong breeze species like snapper will come in.

A good all-round option is a general-purpose fishing rod combo which will allow you to target multiple species at once. This might be a 3-5 kilo fishing rod coupled with a 3000 size reel spooled with 8-pound line. You’re most likely to catch many small pinkies, whiting, garfish, leather jackets and flathead so you don’t need to fish too heavy but need to be prepared for the odd large snapper. Using a basic paternoster rig with some fresh bait will work well for many different species of fish on Queenscliff pier.

If your specifically targeting garfish, whiting and leather jackets then consider using small hooks as these species have small mouths and using small hooks such as a size 12 long shank will increase your catch rates. We would also recommend berleying the area you are fishing which is a great way to attract garfish and whiting. You can buy premade berley or make your own using breadcrumbs and tuna oil.

Good bait options will include pilchards, silver whiting, pipis, raw chicken, squid strips, maggots, silverfish. You can also fish this area with soft plastics to target pinkies and flathead. Picking the right conditions will be important to ensure you can cast your soft plastics far enough out. Also, keep in mind that this area is all rock so you are very prone to having your sinkers and jog heads snagging up on the rocks. This might take some time to work out how to effectively fish this area without loosing to much gear.

Squid fishing at Queenscliff pier

Squid is likely the most targeted species at Queenscliff pier. The area is full of weed beds which makes a great ecosystem for squid. The fishing for squid can be exceptional during the night and the pier is often full of anglers during the dark. You can learn more about targeting squid here by reading our detailed guide on How to catch squid at Queenscliff Pier

If your chasing squid then a light fishing rod between 7.5 foot and 9 foot in length is ideal. There are plenty of egi rods on the market fit for purpose. I have found myself fishing with a 7 foot 6 inch rod here with great success. Having a 300 size reel spooled with 10-pound braid and leader. For other fishing in this area, a general-purpose medium fishing outfit is ideal. This will allow you to cover a whole range of fish species. Perhaps starting with a 7 foot or 8 foot rod paired with a 3000 or 4000 reel spooled with 12-pound lines.

Squid jigs can be prone to snagging in this area, and we have found a lot of locals using the smaller size of 2.5 and 3.0 gram jigs and working them slowly to avoid this problem.

Check out a recent video of us fishing the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsula.

Known hazards at Queenscliff pier

Many rods being cast in a condensed area so be mindful of others casting around you

Additions and corrections of this location

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