My Big Catch

September 12, 2019 BY

The Oliver Hill Boat ramp at Frankston.

Boat Ramp fees for boaters using Frankston’s Kananook Creek and Olivers Hill boat ramps have been wiped, giving Victorians the chance to celebrate the beginning of the boating and fishing season at a reduced cost.

Minister for Fishing and Boating Jaala Pulford joined Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke and representatives from Frankston City Council to make the announcement, which will see boaters enjoy free access to the council’s two public boat ramps.

As part of its election commitment to make boating cheaper, easier and safer, the State Labor Government has now made almost all public boat ramps in Victoria free to use.

Fishing and Boating Minister Jaala Pulford said the move was a win for Victorian families.

She also called on the Borough of Queenscliffe and the City of Kingston to follow suit as Queenscliff and Mordialloc are the only public boat ramps that continue to charge parking and launching fees.

Frankston mayor Michael O’Reilly said council was pleased with the decision.

“Council is pleased to have made this decision to support the removal of boat ramp parking fees in time for snapper season – which is always a very popular time at our local boat ramps.”

Boaters are reminded that cars without trailers using Frankston boat ramps will continue to pay parking fees.

Earlier this year, the government announced $47.2 million to implement a series of other recreational boating improvements, including upgrading six boats ramps and reviewing boating infrastructure management arrangements in Port Phillip and Western Port.

Better Boating Victoria is overseeing the delivery of the government’s boating commitments.

It is also working towards removing parking and launching fees at all remaining publicly available boat ramps.


If you see or suspect illegal fishing activity any time, phone the 24-hour reporting line 13 FISH (13 3474).


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  • Fishing conditions continue to be poor
  • Reports of a good number of salmon off local rocks and beaches
  • Some gummy shark has also been caught
  • A few whiting has also been caught
  • Some good signs of pinkie snapper at last.


Report supplied by the Rusty Anglers Anglesea


Barwon Heads:

  • Reports of some nice whiting being caught off Barwon Heads
  • A few flatties have been reported offshore
  • Reports of some small trevally in the river but not much else
  • Salmon continue to be caught off the beaches.


Report provided by the Ocean Grove Angling Club



  • Reports of some King George whiting
  • Some pinkies are also being caught
  • Salmon catches off local beaches also continue
  • Bream in Spring Creek reported.


Report provided by Torquay Angling Club



  • St Leonards reports are of King George whiting, flathead and squid
  • Clifton Springs is seeing reports still of whiting, flathead and some calamari
  • Queenscliff is reporting whiting, flathead, a few pinkies as well as some calamari
  • The creek reports consist of a few trevally
  • Swan Bay is still reporting a few calamari and whiting near the entrance
  • Point Lonsdale is still providing reports of some trevally and salmon
  • The White Lady reports are of a few whiting and calamari
  • Indented Head reports flathead, King George whiting and calamari being caught.