Boating and fishing

Queenscliff built its history on fishing fleets and couta boats. While it is no longer a commercial fishing port, it still caters well for the recreational fisher. There are plenty of places to wet a line in the Borough for those on foot, while those with a boat or vessel can enter the water via the boat ramp at J. L. Jordan Reserve. Better Boating Victoria are soon to begin an upgrade on the Queenscliff boat ramp, which will provide a better launching experience, ease congestion and accommodate more boat trailers.

Better Boating Victoria (BBV) are holding a drop-in information session on Wednesday 26 May from 4:00pm–6:00pm at the Queenscliff Coast Guard building to discuss upcoming works, the construction timeline and disruption to the ramp’s operations. More information can be found at the BBV website.

Popular fishing spots

  • The Cut at Queenscliff Harbour
  • Queenscliff Pier
  • Point Lonsdale Pier
  • Rock fishing off Point Lonsdale
  • Beach fishing at Point Lonsdale back beach
  • Swan Bay
  • Off the coastal gutters in front of Santa Casa (boat required)
  • Bass Strait for game fishing (fishing charters available from Queenscliff Harbour).

What to catch

  • In the harbour: silver trevally and squid
  • From the piers: white snapper, whiting and salmon
  • From the boat: gummy shark, snapper, whiting, calamari, flathead and salmon
  • From the rocks at Point Lonsdale: salmon, barracouta and mullet
  • On Swan Bay: flathead, whiting, snook, garfish, gummy shark and salmon.


Hints and tips

  • Soft plastic lures work well in these waters, especially on trevally in the harbour
  • Try a mix of breadcrumbs and tuna oil or pellets
  • Fish in and around structures and piers; trevally feed off the weed on underwater objects
  • Tides are very important in the harbour; the best fishing is 90 minutes either side of the tide change
  • Fast-flowing water is generally hard to fish; fish in and around eddies
  • In slow-running water, target species such as salmon, trevally, pike, snapper and whiting
  • The best baits for fishing in the harbour are pippies, squid, pilchards and soft plastic lures
  • Grab a copy of the Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide
  • Organise a fishing charter to discover the best spots and for safe access around The Rip.


Where to find a licence

You will generally need a fishing licence in fish in the Borough, but they're easy enough to come by – you can get a licence online from the Victorian Fisheries Authority website before you arrive. A Recreational Fishing Licence covers all forms of recreational fishing in all of Victoria's marine, estuarine and freshwaters.