Mallacoota open for hot summer
  |  First Published: December 2004

After 12 months of being closed to the ocean, Mallacoota Lake is now open. It had reached a level where many of the jetties were all but under water.

The entrance was dug open 0.5-1km down from Bastion Point at around Captains Flat. The entrance looks good and, with any luck, should stay open for quite a while.

The fishing around the entrance has been excellent with salmon to 1kg and tailor to 800g. All of these fish are full of shrimp, but are readily taking metal lures. As has been the case in the past when the entrance has been open, the fishing for gummy shark should improve off the beaches.

With summer well and truly on its way, it will be interesting to see how well the prawns run with the entrance open. Mallacoota often experiences an excellent prawn run, so fingers crossed for another good one this year.

Before the lake opened there were plenty of leatherjackets around 600-700g being caught, but they seem to have disappeared. The odd one is still being caught, though. The flathead fishing has been a bit slower than usual, but let’s hope it improves on last year. The slow flathead fishing could be an indication that you can’t catch and keep a lot of these fish and expect them to be there year after year.

There have been few nice silver trevally being caught in the main lake on bait. Estuary perch have also been biting for anglers who know where to look, namely over the weedbeds in some of the bigger snags. Some of these fish have measured 50cm. Great fish.

The Wallagaraugh and Genoa rivers have been fishing well for black bream. These fish should have all but finished their spawning run and are starting to spread out around the entire system. With a bit of rain getting the rivers and creeks running, Australian bass will also be able to move back to their summer hangouts and provide good fishing for those prepared to put in the effort.

Just to the south of Mallacoota lies the Betka River. It’s a small estuary, but it holds some very nice fish. It’s tidal at the moment and is yielding some nice luderick and bream for anglers using sandworm for bait.


The author with a decent flathead from the main lake at Mallacoota.

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