Sensational options at the Lakes
  |  First Published: June 2014

The fishing around Lakes Entrance lately has been nothing short of sensational, with multiple options available for both land-based and boat anglers.

The upper end of Cunningham arm has been fishing extremely well for pinky snapper up to around 4lb along the concrete wall opposite the caravan parks. Baits of pilchard fillets, prawn or baby squid have been best on the high tide with a running sinker rig.

Berleying with pilchard cubes and chicken pellets will bring the fish to the area. Some ripper garfish have been cruising the edges and fishing with a float and sandworm. The occasional big flathead has been caught on baits aimed at pinkies too, as have large numbers of whiting up to 35cm.

Some beautiful bream and trevally have been caught off the town jetties on prawn and shrimp. Small suspending hardbodied lures have been doing well in low light periods. Natural colours have been best.

The entire lake has been invaded by massive numbers of salmon up to 3lb or so, with the best action happening between Kalimna and Nungurner. Spinning with small metal lures or baitfish style soft plastics have been the most effective. Flyfishers are having a ball throwing small Clouser and Polar Flash minnows at the schoolers hammering through the bait schools.

The whiting in the Hopeton Channel have all but disappeared but there have still been good numbers of trevally and large yellow eye mullet caught in these same areas. A few local lure anglers have been targeting the weed beds with hardbody lures and while they have caught some thumping yellowfin bream their main target has been estuary perch, and while numbers haven't been great, the size has certainly made up for it! The 60-80mm shallow diving jerk baits have been best.

The rocks have still been fishing well for big luderick on green weed. Flyfishers have been taking advantage of the tide changes and fishing weed flies on sinking lines to the schools of fish. Green weed has been hard to find but lake bunga has a good supply.

Lake Tyers has been brilliant and although the water is fairly dirty the big tailor have been in full swing and are attacking anything that moves. Trolling with Rapalas, Savage minnows and metal slugs or casting into the schools of busting fish will see you hooking tailor up to 70cm. While fairly ordinary on the plate they are awesome fish on light line.

Some good flathead have been caught along the Glasshouse banks and Blackfellows arm on live prawn and soft plastics. The bream have been fairly quiet but a few nice fish have been taken along the snags up around Nowa Nowa on cut crab.

The surf beaches have been firing with good numbers of salmon and tailor caught on blue bait. Some small gummies have been caught along the front of Lake Tyers on high tide on eel and squid. Big mullet have also been caught on sand worm and pipi fished on light gear.

Offshore has been phenomenal with big numbers of gummies caught down to the west in 15-20m of water. Good bags of flatties have been taken in these same depths on a range of baits but, as always, fresh is best and slimies are hard to beat.

Out wide some solid bags of pinky snapper have been taken on the 6 Mile Reef on slimies and pilchard. If you've never been out and want to experience the reef fishing there are a couple of great charter operators running from lakes and are well worth a day out.

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