By the end of March, colder water will start pushing through the entrance and into the Front Lake, signalling this the time for fish to start moving through the narrows and into the warmer water found anywhere from the Top Lake through to the back of the system.
At the time of writing fishing has been good in the Front Lake with yellowfin bream, black bream and flathead being caught by anglers fishing with fresh bait (nippers, live mullet, prawns, etc) or soft or hard lures.
Plenty of flathead are being caught. These fish are from 40cm to 45cm and are spread throughout the entire system.
School jewfish between 6kg and 10kg are being caught by those putting the effort. The Narrows have being fishing well, just remember that fresh bait or live bait is often the key to success. It can often mean consecutive nights on the water before you reap the reward.
Sand whiting are only a by-catch at the moment; it has been a bit of a no-show this year for this species.
The prawns have been going well, with enough good-sized prawns to make it worth chasing a feed.
Plenty of black bream are being caught. They are spread out in all the backwaters and feeder creeks.
Gypsy Point and the rivers above have been fishing well for all the usual species including black bream, estuary perch, flathead and the odd bass.
When fishing this area make sure you keep moving until fish are found because it all looks good but you can waste a lot of time if the fish aren’t there.
All in all, the lakes and rivers of the Mallacoota system have been fishing excellently and the same can be said for the offshore grounds with plenty of kingfish being caught by trolling lures and on live baits.
Some good-sized gummy sharks are being caught along with good hauls of sand flathead.
The beaches have been fishing well with plenty of size salmon caught on pilchards, whitebait and metal lures.
Betka River, to the south of Mallacoota, has been a bit patchy with the odd bream and flathead caught on nippers and prawns.
Kerry with a lure-caught Mallacoota black bream.Reads: 569