The fishing in recent weeks has been a bit of a disaster because of the floods. The Tambo flooded, the Mitchell flooded, the Avon, the Latrobe... there is dirty water everywhere.
When it settles down a bit, which it should have done by the time you read this, it will be a good time to target mulloway under the bridge at Lakes Entrance and around Mosquito Point at Metung. You can also try your luck in the straits up at Hollands Landing and probably the entrance to Lake Tyers, which opened up too. Usually you can expect to get a good mulloway after Tyers opens.
Things have already begun to settle in some locations. The mouth of the Tambo and Mitchell are fishing really well for bream on stinky baits. A lot of anglers are using earthworms and yabbies, and their efforts have been rewarded with 40cm+ fish around the mouths. All the fish that were pushed out into the Gippsland Lakes will start working their way up the rivers, determined not to let a flood stop them from spawning.
The EPs are starting to migrate from Loch Sport right along that far bank, before coming into the rivers. Anglers have been catching them mainly on green soft plastics and diving hardbodies. For lure throwers, a good option for both perch and bream in dirty water is metal vibes, seeing as water clarity is no impediment to these lures’ fishy attraction. One of the best producing vibes lately has been the locally-made Hurricane Sting 37.
On the beaches guys have been getting really good salmon, not that many people have been down lately because it’s been too cold, windy and wet! When conditions allow, most salmon are caught on poppers and chrome lures.
Mallacoota didn’t get as much rain as we did in recent weeks but they got a lot prior to that, so the fishing has been good there for flathead and bream around Gipsy Point and up to the Bullring. Another good place to try is up the Genoa River. The flathead are being caught on almost any kind of plastic. Some of the most notable ones of late have been Slider Grubs, ZMan GrubZ and ZMan Diezel MinnowZ. I recommend covering them with a good catch scent such as Sax Scent or Pro Cure Super Gel.
August in the Mitchell, Tambo, Avon and Latrobe traditionally sees a spawn run of bream in the rivers, and the flatties start to come up as well. It’s also the time of year when we see a migration of perch, which start to come up the river around the end of winter. Those three species are the main targets this month.
All in all, after the huge amount of water we had in one hit, conditions have been a bit disheartening – but that’s set to change.
For the very latest information on what’s biting and where, call into Mitchell Fishing & Outdoors at 196 Main St, Bairnsdale or phone (03) 5152 4524. – John Stephenson, Mitchell Fishing & OutdoorsReads: 320