Narooma is one of New South Wales’ great fishing holiday towns, with sea access for trailerboaters, and several good estuaries nearby.
Narooma is the gateway to Montague Island, with gamefish such as yellowfin tuna and marlin caught in this area, as well as kingfish and snapper, but keep in mind the local marine sanctuary zones.
Narooma Bar can be hazardous and should be used only in good conditions.
The entrance rock walls produce big mulloway, bream, salmon and tailor, but the tide rips through and the rocks are very large, making fishing difficult.
The local beach fishing is good with salmon and tailor at the main beach can be good, which is located near the local golf course.. There is rock fishing in this area also, with kingfish and more.
When it is rough outside, Wagonga Inlet has quality bream, luderick, whiting and flathead.
The long rock walls hold quality luderick. Bream fishos should try driving around the lake, as there are many fishable jetties.
Footpaths near the mouth fish well for salmon and trevally on an incoming tide, and the area around the bridge is good for big flathead and summer. Try near the sand boat ramp early in the morning during the week when boat traffic is low.
West of the bridge, near Narooma Quata Park, bream, flathead and mulloway are caught.
Wagonga Head has mainly salmon, tailor, bream and luderick.
The beach alongside Surf Beach Holiday Park has salmon, flathead and bream. The mouth of Little Creek has bream. Try morning and late afternoon.
Other beaches and headlands can be seen here.
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Dark nights (no moon) in summer are best for Wagonga prawns, and mulloway often run with them at the lake mouth.
Offshore there are winter and summer snapper runs, with winter fish coming closer inshore.
This region forms the south end of Batemans Marine Park.
North of Narooma, the estuaries around Tuross are productive spots for mainly bream, tailor, salmon, luderick, flathead and whiting.
The system of lakes and channels runs to about 4m deep, with Tuross town located north of the permanently open entrance.
The tidal limit in the Tuross River is at Comerang, 19km from the entrance, 9km upstream from the highway bridge, north of Bodalla.
Coila Lake reaches 3m depth and usually has a closed entrance, but prawns and fish thrive.
Further north, the Moruya River is a major waterway that fishes well. It has 20km of tidal water, becoming Deua River and Burra Creek in the upper reaches.
The Moruya is mostly 2m to 3m deep, with sandbanks and rocks upstream of the Princes Highway bridge.
Small-boat access is generally good except for 1km of river adjacent to the highway bridge.
The Moruya has northern bank access downstream from Moruya town, with some sites to launch small boats.
Moruya River rock walls are popular spots for bigger fish, producing salmon, bream, tailor, trevally, mulloway and some kingfish in summer. The northern wall has deeper water.
Quarry Wharf is also good for most species.
Moruya Bridge pylons fish well for mainly flathead, bream, and some estuary perch.
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