East Gippsland offers excellent fishing for those with a rod and reel, and in season you can catch a feed of prawns or go crabbing. Whether you dangle a line over the side of a boat, cast off a jetty or let the waves roll over your feet on Ninety Mile Beach, you are likely to bring in a catch.
The Gippsland Lakes and river systems at Paynesville, Metung, Nicholson, Swan Reach, Johnsonville, Lakes Entrance, Lake Tyers, Marlo, Bemm River, Cann River, Mallacoota and many more locations can reward your efforts with bream, mullet, flathead, luderick and trevally. From Orbost through to Mallacoota, fish for seasonal perch in the Snowy, Brodribb, Cann, Bemm, Genoa and Wallagaraugh rivers, while the clear mountain streams of the high country around Dargo, Dinner Plain, Omeo, Anglers Rest and Benambra offer trout fishing by line and fly. Surf fish for salmon, tailor, gummy shark, flathead and trevally along Ninety Mile Beach, the beautiful Cape Conran Coastal Park or the magnificent coastal wilderness of Croajingolong National Park. Offshore fishing for snapper, tuna or marlin provides a seasonal high-end challenge and a number of offshore charters are available.
A growing number of fishing competitions centre around East Gippsland such is the quality of the waterways and onshore facilities. So cast your line or dip your nets, catch a feed or catch and release, launch your boat or relax onshore, East Gippsland awaits you.
East Gippsland Visitor Information Centres produce a weekly fishing report on Thursdays and is available on line or at the centres at Lakes Entrance and Bairnsdale.
Recreational fishing requires a licence in Victoria. For further information, visit Victorian Department of Primary Industries (DPI) or purchase a licence from the Lakes Entrance or Bairnsdale Visitor Information Centres.
For information about boat launching, tidal and lakes mooring information visit Gippsland Ports, or one of our Visitor Centres.