Fussy flathead at Lakes Entrance
  |  First Published: November 2015

Fishing in Lakes Entrance has been tough of late with very few fish taken locally, but there is hope!

Lakes Entrance

Peeled prawn fished under a running sinker have resulted in a few small bream and trevally landed on both Bullock Island and the Post Office jetties on an incoming tide, however most of the bream have been just on the legal 28cm limit so a measuring device is advised. The local flathead population is yet to wake up with no reports filtering through at all, although fishing Cunningham and North arms this week we did see a few large dusky flathead as we spooked them from their morning sunbake, so hopefully they are a sign that things are about to change.

It’s not all doom and gloom here in Lakes Entrance with a huge population of sand crabs keeping locals and visitors both entertained and well fed. Sand crabs are very easily targeted with a hoop net baited with fish or chicken frames. =Make sure you tie your bait in tight when fishing for crab (I like to use cable ties) as crabs are strong, very persistent and will have a loose bait out in no time. With so many crabs around it’s a great time to take advantage of these tasty crustaceans and any of Lakes Entrance’s jetties makes a great crabbing platform. You will be a star with the kids keeping them busy all day and well fed at night.


Things are starting to improve offshore, still lots of pinkies and coota about but the snapper are moving in with fish over 5kg starting to appear regularly. This week when the big reds were being fussy and wouldn’t take anything else one crew fishing 6 mile caught some nice bags of snapper by fishing fresh trevally fillets at the change of the tide.

The Pines has been the pick of the spots for gummy, with full bags caught on squid legs coming from the area all week. With the weather warming up the fishing outside will only improve. Last year saw an influx of anglers fishing outside Lakes for their chance at a marlin, it will not be long now before the first reports come in and the local boat ramps fill up with game fisherman heading out to the rigs once again.


Beaches have been consistent for salmon but we are yet to see the spring run of the big bucks that East Gippsland usually experiences this time of year. Blue bait and surf poppers have been deadly at the change of tide and the lure army is still getting plenty on slugs tossed into the surf but it’s the gummy shark everyone is waiting for. There have been a few reports of gummy but they are far from consistent, hopefully we are only one steady weather pattern away from kicking the season right off. The beach is a great option during the busier times, with so much sand in East Gippsland it’s very easy to find a nice quite spot away from the crowd and usually you don’t even have to walk too far.


Some very good bags of leather jacket have come out of Tyers in the past few weeks and it’s great to see these fish back in the system in numbers. Prawn has seen a good number of fish caught but the crews bringing bass and or fresh water yabbies are the ones scoring the best of the fish. Long shank hooks fished under a light running sinker should see you land a few leather jacket without too many bust offs but take lots of spare hooks anyway. The bream in Tyers have been very inconsistent, the best of the fishing is happening around the island in Nowa Nowa Arm but there doesn’t seem to be a pattern emerging at all with captures seeming to be more good luck than good management.

Small bream have been caught on prawn in the evening at Mill Point, however, a lot of these fish are undersize.

Flathead are slowly waking up but there have been some long hours out there between bites. Small prawn style plastics have picked up fish around the Mill Point area as well as at Black Fellows Arm where the odd dusky has been taken.

It won’t be long now before the switch flicks and the Tyers flats fill up with hungry frogs.

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