The weather in the Lakes Entrance area has been inconsistent: very hot one day, then cool the next and some days very windy. The fishing, on the other hand, has been very good, especially during the school holidays and over Easter. The best action has been outside, with tuna making their presence felt all over the place.
There have been lots of bonito around of 2-3kg. Trolling is the best way to catch them. There have also been a few yellowfin and bluefin, and we even had a report of a 10kg yellowfin caught from the beach (see also Wes Brew’s report – Ed.). The best tuna fishing lasted about two weeks, and the local charter boat operators really made the most of it.
The local jetties have seen a few late season King George whiting caught in the afternoon, on prawns and local shrimp. There have also been a lot of bream and flathead landed around the skate park near the North Arm Bridge. Very early in the morning or late in the afternoon is the best time to fish. Best baits are local prawns for the bream and whitebait or bluebait for the flathead.
With the weather cooling down we should see some more bream turn up around the rocks in the Kalimna area. Drift some bait around to get the best results. Anglers with boats should head over and fish for bream in the snags around the barrier to the entrance during May and June.
Right up the top of the Nowa Nowa Arm there have been a lot of flathead come to the surface due to the lack of oxygen in the water, which is making fishing very easy for most people. The bottom of Nowa Nowa Arm from Devils Hole down to the Trident Arm has seen nice bream and flathead being boated.
Blackfellows Arm and Toorloo Arm are cleaning up with the cold weather, so the fishing should improve over the next two months. The bottom lake has come to life, with bream to 2kg (most around 500-800g) and flathead being caught by anglers using soft plastics around the edges. A good place to try is around the power lines and around to Mill Point, where you can catch fish off the bank as well.
Crystal Bay and Pile Bay are seeing good numbers of bream caught on local prawns just before dark. A bit of weight is needed in order to cast your bait out far enough. There has been some very large tailor of up to 1m still around too.Reads: 758