Some would argue that Anderson Inlet, near Inverloch, isn’t an estuary but a bay. It has three creeks, Screw, Pound and Cherry Tree, plus the Tarwin River flowing in to it, and is situated about 140 km south-east of Melbourne, via the Bass Highway. The inlet is shallow and tidal. The entrance looks wide, but the actual channel is situated along the Inverloch shoreline.
Fisheries Victoria found 48 fish species in Anderson Inlet, including one of the healthiest populations of estuary perch in the state. Other species include pinkies, King George whiting, gummy sharks, flathead, salmon, silver trevally and sometimes mulloway.
During winter, salmon can run well in the inlet and anglers trolling metal lures do well on the Point Smythe side. Shore-based anglers often hook salmon after walking along the beach near the entrance and spinning.
From about October there is a run of snapper in Anderson Inlet that can reach up the main channel, sometimes extending past Maher’s Landing to the lower reaches of the Tarwin River.
The bottom part of the inlet is generally the most productive. The shallow weed beds, interspersed with sand patches, sometimes offer good catches of snapper.
There is an exposed boat ramp at Mahers Landing and another at Inverloch. The Inverloch ramp is capable of handling two boats at a time and has a mooring jetty that is a popular fishing destination. If intending to go boating in the inlet, seek local advice as to the location of sandbars and mud banks.