Beautiful warm water at our doorstep
  |  First Published: April 2016

The past month has seen more visitors arriving, and the fishing has been excellent in the lake, offshore and on the beaches. The town will be busy right through until after Easter, and the fishing just keeps getting better with some of the best fishing in the lakes and rivers over the winter months.

The past month has seen some excellent fishing from the local beaches. Good salmon to about 3kg have been caught from the main beach around the entrance area, and a few fish from the bottom lake. Anglers have been getting into silver bream and sand whiting from the good gutters on the local beaches.

The harbour area at Bastion Point has fished well, and you can expect sand whiting, yellowfin bream and some good sand flathead. There’s also the added attraction of good-sized King George whiting, with the odd fish coming from the bottom lake.

Those heading offshore have had a hard time launching and retrieving their boats at the Bastion Point ramp. The sand that had been building up in the harbour has now been dredged out, making things a bit easier. It won’t be long and it will be back.

The fishing has been great, with beautiful warm water at our doorstep. Striped marlin have been caught but it’s a small window of opportunity, so if you are after a marlin get out there while the water is here.

Good catches of tiger flathead and sand flathead have been had, along with some good gummy sharks. The best areas have been out around Gabo Island and around the Ariels.

Those fishing in the lakes have had a ball, with the bottom lake really firing. There has been no need to head through the Narrows into the top lake unless you are trying to get away from the wind in the bottom lake. The variety of fish that is constantly available in the bottom lake has been amazing – trevally, whiting, flounder, black bream and yellowfin bream, salmon, tailor and the old dusky flathead. If you’re chasing a feed of flathead in the lake you will notice a lot of small fish around the 32cm size. These are the ones to keep, not the 40cm+ fish. We want to help at least a few fish reach the slot size of 55cm. With the amount of flathead coming out of the lake it doesn’t hurt to give them a helping hand, as those big breeders of yesteryear are becoming a memory.

The rivers are still running well after recent good rains and the fishing over the next few months should keep firing. If you want to get out there, give Wilderness Fishing Tours a buzz and we will get you amongst the action.

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