Lakes receive a fish top-up
  |  First Published: November 2013

This season is going to be interesting, with most estuaries open to the sea and some of the formerly closed ones recently re-opened.

Those that opened recently have allowed fresh fish stocks to re-enter. Flathead, bream, whiting and many more species have moved into these rivers and lakes to feed on the prawn stock that abounds at this time of year.

One such lake that recently reopened is Wallaga, where anglers should now find the fishing and prawning excellent.

Flathead are a certainty along the western shoreline and rocky points, while those wishing to fill a bucket with prawns will work the flats around the bridge and down towards the entrance.

You can also add luderick on weed around the bridge and, for those who like to chase a feed of juicy garfish, this lake should host many.

As far as game fishing goes, November can be hit and miss but when you strike it good, it can be damn good.


Yellowfin tuna and albacore are congregating on the edge of the continental shelf and beyond. Mixed in are schools of striped tuna, which can be a problem when targeting the larger species.

Trolling with a combo of bibless and skirted lures is the preferred method.

I like to see a bibless left way out the back and almost forgotten about, but this lure often catches the larger, shy fish that won’t come into a trolling pattern.

Striped marlin are early this season, following the schools of striped tuna and slimy mackerel.

It’s a little early to target them on live bait; most fish are coming in on lures.

Not all game fish have been caught on lures, though. Some tuna have been caught in berley trails and of course there have been some very nice mako sharks taken on bait.

Kingfish are in reasonable numbers at Montague Island along with some bonito. Jigging is working best on the kings, while trolling will produce bonito around the western side of the island.

This is a great time of year for reef and bottom fishing. With the prevailing nor’-east winds you need an early start because most of the fishing is over by mid-morning.

These winds provide good drifts along the edge of the reefs. Most of our reef structure runs north-south, so pick up the edge of the reef on the sounder, position the boat just out from it to start your drift. If conditions are right you will go from one reef to another, picking up snapper and morwong with tiger flathead in between.

Generally the deeper the reefs, the better the fish and the Twelve Mile has some exceptional fish at present.


If you get only one place to fish in November, make it Brogo Dam; it is going off.

High, warm water is spurring the bass into action. Insect activity is providing some excellent fly and surface lure fishing towards dusk and in the early morning.

Work deep-diving lures, plastics and spinnerbaits through the day.

Troll to keep lures in the strike zone or sit back and relax while soaking a worm and admire the beauty of Brogo.

Downstream from the dam along the river is also extremely good. Walking the bank will gain access to some nice holes, but the going can be tough.

Canoes may be one option and if you start at the dam wall and working downstream you eventually will end up at the bridge crossing the Princes Highway.

Anyone interested in stocking bass into farm dams or other private waters can call me on 0427 934 688 and I will put you in contact with a local fish breeder.

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