Lake and ocean run brown
  |  First Published: September 2013

After another good lot of rain which came down from the north gave Mallacoota a good soaking, the water was brown in the lake and out to sea for some distance.

The water has cleared considerably, allowing the local abalone divers a chance to get back in after a week or so out of the water.

With few fishing boats venturing offshore, there is little to report and unfortunately things wont pick up for a while until the water warms, firing up the offshore flathead scene.

The best chance at some decent offshore fishing is if the gummy sharks get on the bite; this can happen when the water is cold.

As I reported last month, the salmon have turned up in numbers with fish along all beaches and there are also plenty in the lake.

The salmon have been turning up on the incoming tide but once the water becomes clearer they will make the lake their home for a few months.

Since the rain the bigger tailor that were in the lake seem to have moved on, leaving those annoying little choppers.

Trevally are still being caught but again I think things will pick up on that front as the water clears and more fish enter the system.

This rain has all the systems flowing nicely, with all the little coastal creeks and rivers in the area open to the ocean.

And with all the freshwater about, the bass will be able to move freely from the fresh to the salt over the coming months.

Yellowfin bream and black bream have been on the go with plenty of fish in the Bottom and Top lake and good fish also being caught as far upstream as Gypsy Point.

Lure anglers have had success with soft plastics, blades and vibes with the bait fishers doing well with fresh prawns.

Flathead are still being caught. At this time of year the key is not to move the lure too fast; as everything slows down when the water is cold.

Estuary perch have been caught in the bottom lake after the recent rains.

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