Winter species make an entrance
  |  First Published: June 2008

Winter is here again with shorter days and less daylight to fish, but don’t let that stop you from getting your lines wet. Winter should see some luderick turn up in the front lake, with most of the town jetties getting their fair share as they move around from jetty to jetty.

From Bullock Island through to the narrows anglers have been catching been bream, leatherjackets and a few trevally. Most fish are taking baits of prawns or whitebait. The local charter operators also report a few school whiting and flathead in recent trips.

North Arm should see a few large bream turn up at this time of year. Try fishing the snags with hard-bodied lures to get the best results. The water up in the lakes system is cleaning up with the colder weather, so fishing should improve over the coming months.

Outside the entrance fishing has steadied after the very good run of tuna. There are a few pinkie snapper turning up on the Six Mile and Ten Mile reefs. There are plenty of flathead just outside of the entrance too. Drift around until you find them. There are also a few reports of mako and gummy sharks down to the west, around the pines. Squid and pilchard are the best baits to try.

Lake Tyers is still firing along, especially at the bottom end of the lake where flathead and bream are being landed. These fish really are the mainstays of the lake. From Fishermans Landing down to around the marker buoys, good bags of bream are being boated, mainly on baits of prawn or cut pilchard.

Mill Point is the best place to try at the moment for the land-based angler. You should catch a few flathead if you walk around to the right of Mill Point, and even down to the powerlines. The three arms, Toorloo, Blackfellows and Nowa Nowa, have slowed down, with most fish caught at the bottom end of them. In Nowa Nowa Arm, around the power line on the left side, many people have been bagging out on bream using hard-bodied lures around the snags.

The mud flats around the Glasshouse should see many flathead turn up during the winter months. Nowa Nowa Arm is still the best of the three arms to fish during the colder months, especially if you have a boat. Devils Hole produces good bream at this time of year.

Some tailor have turned up in the lake recently, and can be encountered on the incoming tide when they are chasing bait fish. Many fish are being caught on white grubs on a jighead.

Gummy sharks are being caught outside Lakes Entrance.

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