Fishing location guide Werribee River stretches for over 110 kilometres. Starting as a narrow entrance from Port Philip Bay near Werribee south boat ramp, past farmlands, and goes through Werribee and all the way past Bacchus Marsh and Ballan. Depending on where you visit it can be great saltwater, estuary and freshwater 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.
Things to do along the Werribee River
The Werribee River spans 110 kilometres but throughout provides nice scenic views. It’s a great spot to take a kayak or canoe, and certain areas are great for walking and hiking. But do be very careful this is well known for Tiger and Brown snakes. Parking is widely available a popular spot to park is above the K road cliffs and walking down the stairs to the river. Near the entrance of the river mouth, there are several local attractions including the Werribee Open Safari Zoo, The historic Werribee mansions and state rose garden which is brilliant towards the end of spring. There is also the national equestrian centre and goldf course. The river then flows into Port Phillip Bay which is great for boating and fishing.
Fishing the Werribee River
In the Werribee River, you can target bream, estuary perch, mulloway, salmon, mullet, trevally, flathead and flounder. As you move further up into freshwater areas you can target redfin, brown trout, perch and blackfish. High tide is always preferable for me, The rising tide brings fish in to feed on the structure. Sunrise and sundown are always favourable.
If you plan on fishing with baits then the humble scrub worm to be a very effective bait for saltwater and freshwater species in particular bream, redfin or perch in this area. The water can be muddy and murky and a bait that has similar colour fishes well. Other baits that also work well include sandworms, pilchard strips, prawns, mussels, yabbies, raw chicken strips and maggots. Have a read of our detailed guide on how to catch bream with bait.
Fish can be caught any time of day, the mullet often get a little more aggressive on sunrise and sundown. We highly recommend using an ultralight spin rod. Starting with a 1–3 or 2-4 kilo capacity rod coupled with a 1000, 2000 or 2500 size reel. The reel should be spooled with light line 4 to 6 pound braid finished with a rod length of 4 pound leader would be our preference. This would make a great and sensitive outfit to feel the bites and inquiries of timid bream and mullet.
Soft plastics, shallow diving hard body lures 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 an immense structure that is home to many Bream. nd small soft plastics. Some of the best options include grub style soft plastics such as Z-man grubZ, squidgee wrigglers and Savage Gear pro grubs. Minnow imitation style soft plastics such as Z-man slim swimZ, Savage Gear slim minnows. My favourite in the warmer months when bream are sitting in the edges are shallow diving hard body lures such as EcoGear SX Range, Daiwa Double-clutch, Jackall Chubby, Atomic Hardz, Savage fathead cranks. Blades and Vibes also work well but prone to weed making them at times not quite as effective.
Why not have a look at our detailed video on the best lures and soft plastics to use when fishing the Werribee River. Or our detailed guide on catching bream with lures.
Things change significantly if you plan on targeting Mulloway. You are more likely to catch these during the night or right on Sundown to Sunlight when predatory fish are on the move. Targeting Mulloway requires significantly stronger fishing gear ready to tackle a fish with immense power that can grow over a meter in length. Good baits for Mulloway include live mullet, salmon and whiting. With them carefully being rigged behind the back of the neck to allow the bait to swim freely or like a wounded fish. Dead baits can include pilchard, trevally, garfish, prawns, chicken & squid.
Soft plastics and that are generally larger then 70mm are a great starting point. Squidgies between 80mm and 100mm are good options here. We also recommend using natural coloured flick baits, shads, paddle tails and grubz are top choices, you can also purchase pre-made rigs such as slick rigs. Swimbaits are becoming increasingly popular and a great choice. Swimbaits are larger large designed to completely imitate a fish in its surrounding such as a mullet.
Known Hazards at Sanctuary Lakes
There are highly venomous snakes along the Werribee River. We recommend wearing strong boots, and solid fabric pants which might just save your life if you accidentally stood on a snake. I have seen countless tiger snakes, brown snakes and the odd red bellied snake in this area. A little while ago I was walking my dog near the Werribee wier wall and had a close encounter with a large tiger snake. If you have kids don’t let them wonder off and keep an eye on them. Also the mouth of the river is close to the sewege treatment center opposite the Werribee Zoo so do be careufl of touching the water and eating fish in that immediate area.
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.
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