Rain needed desperately
  |  First Published: July 2008

Rain is desperately needed throughout East Gippsland and with no falls through Autumn and early Winter, the fishing is yet to really fire up.

Good rains will get the rivers flowing again and improve the entrance, which is really starting to silt up. The small creeks and rivers are all closed and rain is needed to give them a good flush.

Boats heading offshore have enjoyed good conditions with little wind and calm seas. Flathead were being caught in good numbers but as the water has cooled right down, the fishing has gone the same.

Sufficient numbers of good sized gummy sharks are still being caught, with the best over near Gabo Island.

The beaches over the Winter mean salmon, and plenty of them. Fish can be caught from the entrance of the lake right through to Quarry Beach.

Salmon to 3kg are about with the average fish around a kilo with metal lures or pilchards baits working well.

The entrance area of the lake has been productive with schools of salmon moving in and out providing good action for those tossing metal lures.

Silver trevally, yellowfin bream and tailor are also about with nippers and worms working well. If you need bait, see Jordy from Coota Bait for live nippers and sandworms, with fresh frozen prawns also available.

Lure fishers have been using lightly weighted soft plastics for trevally, bream and flathead.

Big bream are still being caught by anglers fishing the margins at of the top and bottom lakes with hardbody lures like Rapala Husky Jerks and Storm Wildeye Minnows. Remember to use plenty of pauses as you twitch the lure along because 90% of the time the lure will be eaten on the pause.

Flathead are also about but they seem to bite one day and not the next. In the deeper water fish are being caught on soft plastics, vibes and hardbodies with a shiny finish.

The Betka River has been fishing well with bream caught near the road bridge on fresh local prawns.

Rain is needed to get the perch moving and to open the entrance, which has been closed to the ocean for months.

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