Fishing in Apollo Bay

Fishing in Apollo Bay

Popular for many outdoor activities, Apollo Bay fishing is great for families and more experienced hobbyists.  

The only thing that compares to snagging a fish are the places you get to visit in doing so. Apollo Bay ticks both boxes — teaming rivers, beaches and seas providing both picturesque backdrops and bountiful takings. 

Download our fishing guide for more information on the best fishing spots in Apollo Bay and around the region, fishing licenses in Victoria & how to obtain one and suggested setups for how to catch fish & squid. 

Download the local fishing guide here 

The rivers, streams and surf beaches are ideal for land-based fishing in Apollo Bay with the possibility of catching trout or native blackfish as well as salmon during winter. However, the most popular locations for fishing is the local pier. 

Like other fishing locations, Apollo Bay fishing hours are around sunrise / sunset (times vary depending on the season). For more information, talk to the experts at the local Visitor Information Centre. 

Best Spots to Fish in Apollo Bay

Two popular beaches to drop in a lure are the Marengo Surf Beach and the Barham River mouth. Snag yourself a ride on a fishing boat, and the family will thank you with full bellies. There’s some good fishing in the deeper sections of Apollo Bay, but the serious fisherman might tell you to head to the richer waters of Blanket Bay, or out a little further into Bass Straight. There you will be fighting for larger salmon, shark, pike and barracudaDon’t have access to a boat? That’s ok, take a fishing charter from Apollo Bay! 

Type of Fish to Catch in Apollo Bay

Off the local beaches or harbour wall, you will be fishing for trevally, squid or flathead. Further out maybe the occasional salmon. 

Apollo Bay Harbour

Visitors to Apollo Bay have many options when it comes to enjoying the Apollo Bay Harbour.  The harbour is home to a local fishing industry and commercial fleet, including trawlers, crayfish and charter boats.The port is enclosed by two large breakwaters. The harbour contains a main wharf with marina berths and public boat ramp.  Fishing is popular off the wharf or breakwater.  You can fish within designated areas of the wharf and breakwaters as long as you have a Victorian recreational fishing license. 

The harbour is often abuzz with activity, particularly over the summer months. You can see fishing trawlers returning with their catch, charter tours and people fishing, swimming or simply enjoying a walk on the wharf.  The view looking back over Apollo Bay with its surrounding hills in the background is amazing.  A small beach lies within the harbour, protected within the breakwater walls to make it an ideal spot for families with small children to swim.  You can buy crayfish straight out of Apollo Bay’s waters at the fishermen’s co-op, along with a fresh selection of fish, lobster, crayfish, squid, prawns and scallops available. The co-op also does great fish and chips overlooking the harbour. 

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