Hot fishing at Mallacoota
  |  First Published: December 2004

With summer well and truly upon us, all is looking good for the Mallacoota region this January.

There has been a fair bit of sand movement at the entrance. At low-tide it is quite shallow, but at the moment there is still good tidal flow.

As Mallacoota is such a vast estuary system, Wayne Granger from Mallacoota Bait and Tackle has been helpful in providing some reports. One of the welcome, if not unusual fish for this area, that are being regularly caught in the estuary are King George whiting. These fish are ranging 28-36cm. They haven’t been caught in past years in the numbers they are this year, and let’s hope this becomes the norm.

The whiting are biting on nippers, sandworms and prawns. Mixed in with the whiting have been some good-sized silver trevally.

Around Goodwin Sands there have been some nice yellowfin bream being caught in about 60cm of water. The good fish have been going 1kg or better.

There have also been some quality flathead caught on bait and soft plastics. These fish have been spread throughout the entire system, giving anyone fishing a chance of encountering a flathead.

The Top Lake has been fishing well for big garfish. They have been biting best on sandworms and a bit of berley helps to get these fish on the chew.

Some nice tailor have been caught in The Narrows and the Genoa River by anglers trolling lures. The best results have been early in the morning.

One thing to remember about summer is that the heat of the day can often be as uncomfortable for the fish as it is for anglers. As such, the best results are often early in the morning and late in the afternoon and into in the evening.

With any luck, the prawns should be really moving in early January. There have been a few mulloway hooked on soft plastic lures, but, as usual with these fish, no-one is saying exactly where they encountered their fish. A good place to start when searching for mulloway is The Narrows.

Black bream are still being caught in the rivers, with some quality fish over 40cm. The bulk of these fish will have moved out by early January and spread right around the lake system.

On the beaches, the salmon have been very quiet, with just the odd fish caught. Around the entrance to the lake at high-tide is the best option for salmon.

Offshore there have been some tiger flathead and sand flathead being caught. This should improve even more by early January.

The Betka River is still open to the ocean and some nice trevally and bream are being caught on sandworm and prawn.

The Mallacoota area is a great place to spend the summer holidays. For all visiting the area, good luck with your fishing.


This solid estuary perch took a McGrath Minnow in the Brown Trout pattern.

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