Here in sunny Lakes Entrance, the fishing has been quite good off the scallop wharf and the Post Office jetty. The main fish being caught are trevally, mullet, and the odd bream, on peeled local prawn, pipis and cut pilchards.
Some luderick are starting to show up, off some of the jetties and the rocks around Kalimna. Best baits are still local weed, fished under a stick float. A few small bream and trevally are also taking worms from the town jetties, while the North Arm is producing a few nice bream. A good place to start is right at the top of the arm, where you can often spot the fish while walking the elevated banks. Flathead are again turning up in good numbers from Nungurner jetty to Bancroft Bay. Spring is also time to go floundering and good numbers are turning up on the dark moonless nights.
Offshore reports have been patchy due to the recent strong winds, but when you can get offshore to the first reef (also known as the Six-Mile Reef) the fishing is reasonably good. Small pinky snapper around 1-2kg are common captures. The most popular baits are full pilchards on a fished on a paternoster rig. Whole small squid is also proving a popular bait.
The odd gummy shark is also being caught on this reef along with a few flathead while fishing on the drift. The most productive time is usually first thing in the morning.
Lake Tyers fishing is fairly patchy due to water level being low. The fish seem to be grouped in other areas where it is deeper, so fishing has been good in those spots. Devils Hole, in Nowa Nowa Arm, has been very productive. Peeled local prawn has been taking most fish present.
Some good bream and flathead have been caught in Toorloo Arm on soft plastics, namely Squidgies in the Bloodworm, Gary Glitter and Black and Gold colour patterns.
The fishing should continue to improve as the weather picks up and more people getting out on the water. Local charter operators are gearing up for a good season, so book ahead for the peak holiday periods.
For the latest t information please call the East End Bait and Tackle, (03) 5155 1593.
Casey Lawson doing a bit of night fishing on the local jetty.Reads: 9506