Freshwater slows Tamar Action
  |  First Published: June 2011

Autumn floods have slowed the fishing in the Tamar River.

The salinity is normally around 35ppm in the river but at the moment it is around 24ppm, even at a depth of around 6m.

Not only the salinity is affecting the fishing but the water temperature has also dropped. It has fallen to around 13.5C. This sudden drop in temperature often makes a lot of fish species a lot quieter.

This time of year the fish species change. One of our most popular winter species the blue warehou (snotty trevally) come into the estuary. One of the best months to target them is usually June. They respond really well to berley. The best berley is chook pellets and tuna oil with the best bait being chicken breast.

Many anglers use Sabiki rigs, which are great as they are already hooked and ready to go.

George Town

Fishing has not been too bad in George Town with local anglers targeting Australian salmon and barracouta from around the Pier Pontoon. The ‘couta have been around 1m in length and most anglers have been taking them on ganged hooks rigged with WA pilchards and floating them down a burley trail.

Salmon are mainly being caught from the rocks at the Monument, which is at the end of the main street of George Town.

Best lures seem to be Halco Chrome Twistys and Spanyid Raiders around 20g. Soft plastics have also taken their fair share of salmon.

Best soft plastics seem to be Yep Tassie Tackle 3”minnows in the colour Whitebait and Pearl white.

Low Head

Low Head has also had a few surprises in recent weeks with some local anglers catching some lovely King George whiting. They have been taking them from the Low Head breakwater wall and also off Lagoon Beach.

One lucky angler caught 10 in one session. They have been taking them on a mixture of baits, which include squid, prawns and even bluebait. The size has been good with the average 1-1.5kg. There are some big seagrass beds around these areas, which is what would be attracting the whiting to the area.


Bridport is still fishing well. The Geale family had a trip a couple of weekends ago and landed 25 southern sand flathead up to 40cm. The best bait was squid.

They also caught a large Whitley skate.

For those anglers without a boat there are still mullet and salmon being taken of the boat ramp pontoon.

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