The fishing around Lakes Entrance is starting to heat up – just like the weather.
Good King George whiting are making an appearance around Bullock Island and through to Kalimna Rocks. Some nice whiting have also been landed around the three main islands: Rigby, Fraser and Flanagan. These fish have been in the 30–45cm bracket, and up to 750g, not bad for this time of year.
The Barrier has seen a few flathead and bream caught off the jetty, with prawns and shrimp the best baits. In contrast the town jetties have been quiet, and only a few trevally have been landed, mostly late in the day. Occasional luderick have been caught as well.
The top end of the North Arm has seen some big flathead and nice-sized bream caught every morning. At the main bridge there are luderick to 1kg, which are definitely keepers. These have been caught on shrimp and weed.
The fishing offshore is improving along with the weather, but the wind during late spring saw only a few good days’ fishing. The local charter operators have reported good catches of snapper on the 6 Mile and 10 Mile reefs. There should be some gummies caught down to the west during December and January. Whole local squid and salmon fillets are the way to go so far as baits are concerned.
The local beaches have been producing gummy sharks and good tailor, as well as salmon around both the new moon and full moon.
Lake Tyers has seen an enormous school of trevally come into the bottom lake, and, like many anglers, the fish are hanging around the local pub. Over the long weekend between 50 and 100 anglers were catching fish. It didn’t matter what they were using – bait, metal lures, soft plastics – they all worked. Most fish were around 2kg, with some up to 3.5kg. The trevally may be around for a while, or then again this fishing frenzy may have them all caught.
In the Nowa Nowa Arm, up to the Devils Hole, there have been a few small flathead caught on Squidgie soft plastics. Local angler Ashley Hartley caught a 5.2kg, 95cm flathead up the top end of the Nowa Nowa on a D.O.A. lure with a white body and red head.
Blackfellows Arm is still producing flathead and tailor up the top end, plus a few small bream in first bay.
The Toorloo Arm from Mill Point up to Cherry Tree has flathead, bream, tailor and poddy mullet. These are being caught mainly on soft plastics. The pick of the area for flathead is around Burnt Bridge. Most fish are 40–50cm, with the odd fish of 85cm or more.Reads: 540