Fishing locations Werribee River stretches for over 100 kilometres. Starting as a narrow catchment from Port Philip Bay ( near Werribee boat ramp ) and goes through Werribee and all the way past Bacchus Marsh and Ballan. Depending on where you visit it can be a great salt water, estuary and fresh water location to fish. Its most popular for fishing is around the K road entrance not far from the Werribee golf course where anglers will target bream, estuary perch and prized mulloway.
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FISH SPECIES TO TARGET
bream, estuary perch, mulloway, salmon, mullet, trevally, If you move up further into fresh water areas Redfin and Blackfish can be targeted.
BEST BAITS AND LURES
I have found the humble scrub worm to be a very effective bait for Bream in this area. Perhaps because the water can be muddy and murky a bait that has similar colors fishes well. I have also seen other anglers do very well using Pilchard strips, Bass Yabbies & Chicken strips.
Soft plastics and Blades are great in this area, where you can accurately cast your lure of choice very close to structure and strike zone. Be prepared to get snagged up occasionally but the Werribee river has great structure that you can target which is usually home to many Bream.
For Bream use a light 7 foot rod 1 – 4 kilo capacity, with a 3000 reel. Something very sensitive to feel bites and inquiries. A short 6 pound leader to a swivel, then above a very small running sinker on your main line. This allows the bait to move freely.
MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES
High tide is always preferable for me, The rising tide brings fish into feed on the structure. Sunrise and sundown are always favorable. If your chasing Mulloway then perhaps from Sundown to Sunlight are your best times when predatory fish are on the move.
This is a nice scenic area. The kids would enjoy the walk up and down the cliff side. But do be very careful this are is well known for Tiger and Brown snakes.
2 big hazards to be weary of. As I mentioned above Snakes. I highly recommend wearing strong boots, and solid fabric pants which might just save your life if you accidentally stood on a snake. Again if you have kids don’t let them wonder of and keep an eye on them. Always keep a first aid kit handy.
The other hazard is snags and reeds. You will loose fish to both and remember not to use big sinkers which only increase your chances of getting stuck in them.
Parking is widely available a popular spot to park is above the K road cliffs and walking down the stairs to the river.
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.