The best summer’s rain in a decade has finally seen a change in water levels in Lake Tyres.
Small to medium sized flathead seem to be scattered on most of the sandy points and edges right through the main with the legal limit of five dusky flathead per person not difficult to obtain. Soft plastic lures are the most effective and enjoyable way to get amongst the action with an absolute standout lure being the DOA 3.5” Cal shad in pink ice or Pearle matched with a 1/8oz x 1/0 jighead. I use these lures regularly on my fishing charters and they have never let me down.
I had the pleasure of fishing with expert tournament angler and Lakes Entrance local Lucas Smith upon his return from Melville Island.
The snags in Nowa Nowa arm all the way from the Nowa Nowa boat ramp right through to Devils Hole were covered with black bream of all size, which was really great to see.
We found that fishing un-weighted Berkley Gulp sandworms and DOA 2” shrimp in a natural colour produced some interest but the fish were very flighty on the day and once the morning shadows were off the water and the sun was high in the sky interest came to a standstill and the fish spooked immediately upon casting.
It was also great to see a margin of green healthy sea grass had returned to a lot of areas in the Nowa Nowa arm, which is really good news for shrimp populations and small fish habitat.
The only down side to our morning was the bream that we caught were still showing signs of the parasitic infection the wiped out substantial populations of them two years ago. I have it on good authority that this problem will disappear almost completely if good falls of summer rain continue. Fingers crossed.
Reports of small numbers of King George whiting around Kalimna have no real consistency at the moment so it’s looking like being a late season. The flathead have appeared in small numbers as well. With brown slime weed covering a lot of the sand banks in the main channel it’s difficult to use lures in this region as they are fouled easily but if you can find a clear patch you will get results.
There are still the odd big flathead being caught and released in both the north arm and front lake but there seems to be plenty of water between catches. This year is the first season in some time the flatties had sea grass beds to hide in which is adding to the decreased catch as the fish are there but are just very hard to target.
The surf has been a little disappointing this season due to the abundance of floating weed making it almost impossible to fish for gummies and Australian salmon.
We look forward to January as by then the weed should have dissipated and the action should return. The weed was so thick that we were getting it bottom bouncing outside the entrance two miles offshore. For this reason we decided to change tactic and head out to the four-mile reef where the pinkie snapper have started to produce.
Due south of Lakes Entrance in 37m gave us good results with mixed bags of snapper and assorted reef species common. The storm and rain activity over the past month has made it difficult to get regular results.
I was contacted by some very irate locals in relation the closure of access to the Lake Tyers foreshore at the glasshouse and also Petersons Road at Long Point.
I have it on good authority from the management sector that these closures are temporary. They have been made in the best interest of the environment for now, so that decisions can be made on how to control erosion and littering, which has been a big problem in these two popular locations.
A selection of lures that Lakes Entrance fish find rather tasty!Reads: 4315