Warm weather and fish in abundance
  |  First Published: November 2016

We’re now in the midst of warm weather after an extremely wet and cold winter. The water temperature is enticing fish and all anglers are satisfied with their catches.

Des Wilson from Waverley frequents the area and has the motto that if he doesn’t get a bite in fifteen minutes, he moves to another location. Des often reports that the best bream are in the shallows around the Sibiera area. Des prefers peeled banana prawn as bait.

The entrance remains open, maintained by the excessive rainfall during winter months. Mark Jones, son Kane and friend Cooper visited in late September and always prefer the channel for their fishing. The salmon, bream and trevally didn’t disappoint. The surf has been quiet in the past month and the river has been difficult to enter, due to low water. Those who were able to enter have been rewarded with quality bream.

For up to date reports, check out our website, or alternatively, our Bemm River Holiday Accommodation and Boat Hire Facebook page.

Tag A Fish Winner

During the winter months, the Bemm River Progress and Improvement Association, in conjunction with Bemm River Holiday Accommodation and Boat Hire the Bemm River Hotel, Caravan Park, Cosy Nook, Bemm River Holiday Houses and Bemm River Bungalows, conducted the Bemm River Tag-A-Fish Promotion. This commenced from 1 June to 31 August. There were 5 tagged fish were caught, tagged, photographed and released by Fisheries Victoria representatives, prior to the promotion.

The aim of the promotion was to catch and present a tagged fish to obtain a prize. The major prize was a boat, trailer and motor. If no tagged bream were caught and presented, all registered anglers were given the opportunity to participate in the second chance draw, which was held Saturday, 24 September at the Bemm River Hotel.

Cr. Peter Neal, from the East Gippsland Shire Council and his wife, Maree, came to Bemm for the night to draw the lucky winner. The lucky angler was Robert from Oakleigh, a member of the Knox and Clayton fishing clubs. Rob registered at the Bemm River Hotel and stays at Cosy Nook Accommodation. A very excited Rob was not present at the draw, so there isn’t yet a photo of him with his prize.

This hugely successful event has been a mighty effort from the participating business houses, Progress Association volunteers and the many sponsors who donated prizes. These prizes will be included in ongoing events to raise money for next year’s promotion. This was a first for Bemm River and we intend to make it an annual event.


Bairnsdale Boats & More (Major Prize – Boat), Alpine Country Morwell, Autobarn, Aussie Disposals, Fishing Store Traralgon, BCF, Milestone Chemicals, Dahlsens, Bensi Betta Electrical, Compleat Angler, Orbost Home Hardware, Chris Tuema, Cosy Nook Accommodation, Bemm River Hotel, Bemm River Holiday Accommodation and Boat Hire, Storage Boys, J & D Building Supplies and Radio 1242 TRfm.


Phil Meyer from Dartmouth with a nice catch.

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