Lakes in summer
  |  First Published: December 2004

Summer is here, so get out the sunscreen, the big hat and get out and chase some of the fish that are on offer.

King George whiting are on the go in the main lake at this time of year. Gary Henry of Gary Henry’s Real Estate and friend Fred Neilson caught their limit of King George whiting recently. The fish ranged 27-45cm.

Trevally salmon and leatherjackets are around Bullock Island, while for some luderick try walking around the rocks at Kalimna Jetty towards the new bridge. Also, have a few lures ready like Lazer, Raider and other metal varieties for the salmon and tailor.

If you want some nighttime action you can go floundering in the front lake. You might also see some prawns as well.

The main lake around Snake Island and Rigby Island is still producing whiting, leather jackets and some nice flathead. The rocks around the Narrows have some big luderick around this time of year and fish around 1kg are not uncommon. The North Arm should see the return of garfish and mullet.


Outside fishing is still quite good with the bigger fish starting to show up. Snapper, gummies and the usual reef fish are around.

The big reds are here and fish to 8kg are not uncommon. Local angler and keen outside angler Gary Warfe and son recently caught some on the Six-Mile Reef. If you have some heavy gear try to berley up a shark or two.Local Chad Harrison caught a few snapper up to 1.5kg and two 1.2m gummies down on the rock. On the way home he caught some salmon out at the far side of the bar for a bit of sport.

Lake tyers

The level in Lake Tyers is good, which has sent the fish into a frenzy with boats and people everywhere.

Flathead are still the main fish people are chasing and Squidgies have been the most productive lure. Another good bait is live poddy mullet. Fishing hard-bodied lures is always exciting fishing, so if you haven’t cast one around for a while, give them a go as the flathead love them, too.

Mal Hawkins caught a few tailor on bluebait around Mill Point recently – one fish weighed 1.5kg and went 55cms. Not a bad tailor for Lake Tyers.

For bream action, head up the arms like Black Fellows Arm and Toorloo Arm. Nowa Nowa is another good option for bream and flathead. Turn right at Mingling Waters Roadhouse and there is a boat ramp and picnic area. Local milkman Ray Waterie Junior does well fishing Nowa Nowa arm for flathead using soft plastics like Juro Firebaits.

For the latest fishing information, contact East End Bait and Tackle, (03) 5155 1593.


While a lot of flathead are being caught on soft plastics, hard-bodied lures are still very effective. Give them a go – it’s exciting fishing!

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