Bream But No Prawns
  |  First Published: April 2006

Another month with very little rainfall has seen the water level in the lake stay about the same. In mid March the lake level was still probably eighteen inches off the mark that Parks Victoria uses as a guide to opening the entrance.

The high water hasn’t had any negative effects on the fishing with some great quality bream caught. There has been a significant change in feeding habits over the past couple of months with the fish now taking a variety of baits other than sandworm.

Freshwater yabby, soft shell, frozen prawn and garfish have all been used effectively and have often accounted for better fish. Any of the sandbanks around the lake have been productive with some of the deeper water around The Mahoganies and Pelican Point also providing plenty of action. Hard-bodied lures and soft plastics have worked well in the same areas.

A few years ago, whilst catching prawns, we noticed shoals of tiny garfish in the system. We are now catching them in good numbers. They are at a perfect eating size and are great fun to catch, particularly for the kids on light gear.

Sandworm fished under a float on a no. 10 long shank hook is the most popular method of catching these ‘mini marlin’ with a bit of bread and tuna oil for berley also helpful. Calm sunny days seem to be best for gars.

A few big flatties are still being caught down the channel on soft plastics and live mullet.

Trolling silver lures has also produced good results with some good tailor landed. One monster tipped the scales at over 5lb.

The gummies caught off the beach have been a real highlight, and it’s interesting to note that most of them have been caught in the middle of the day. This totally blows my rising tide after dark, full moon theory out of the water and proves that sometimes you just have to be there and put in the hours.

Some good salmon have also been landed on surf poppers and bluebait. One monster weighing 4.5kg was weighed in and is probably the biggest salmon I have ever seen caught locally.

There has been no prawn season at all this year with the fresh water in the system throwing things right out. Even if we get the entrance open in the coming weeks I doubt whether there will be any prawns on offer.

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