Estuaries are reborn
  |  First Published: February 2011

What a Summer we are having, with all the major lakes and estuaries in the region open to the sea.

The open estuaries mean great fishing all round, and with buckets of rain all systems are getting a good flush-out – it’s like they have been reborn.

The Shoalhaven has good fish all the way up and down the river.

With one of the best cicada hatches I have seen for years, the bass have been going off on the surface and with the volume of water coming over the Tallowa Dam wall have come a lot of bass as well, which should mean great river seasons to come in the next few years.

Under the bridge there are good numbers of estuary perch and bream around the pylons after dark.

A little further down, around Broughton Creek, we have seen good numbers of jewfish and bream.

Around the river mouth there has been a good run of salmon and some people have been getting blue swimmer crabs.

In Jervis Bay there have been had a lot of good-sized kingfish and the odd bonito.

The squid seem to be on steroids at the moment with some kilo specimens coming home for the pan.

Snapper have been on the chew but mainly around the front of the Bay, where bait seems to be taking most of the nice ones.

We have also seen some good blackfish off the rocks but with the unpredictable weather lately, the swell can pick up and the rocks can be quite dangerous. So make sure you tell someone your whereabouts and what time you expect to be home – you can never be to safe when it comes to fishing from the rocks.


Down on St Georges basin the big flathead are around and it’s good to see more and more people letting the big girls go. There is nothing better than seeing one of these fish swim away to breed another day.

There has been plenty of surface action around the Basin with bream, whiting and even the odd flathead having a go at topwater lures.

We have also seen plenty of prawns around, so if you’re keen to get out at night and have a go, the dark of the moon is best.

Snapper up to 3kg have been caught on vibrating blades in the deeper water. It’s definitely worth a good session around sunrise or sunset, which I have found are the best times for catching good numbers of fish.

Lake Conjola is slowly winding down after the big influx of people down there over the holiday period.

The excellent fishing down there should continue, with hundreds of whiting on the flats and great numbers of flathead around.

Burrill Lake has been producing well with bream up the back of the lake and tailor in middle reaches.

The lake could well stay open for a good period flush-out and with the amount of rain we have had, that shouldn’t be a problem.

If you are coming down this way and you don’t have a boat, or even if you do, call Greg at Bay and Basin Sport Fishing on 0413 610 832 or visit www.bayandbasinsportsfishing.com.au.

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