Gippsland Lakes, Victoria

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The Gippsland Lakes and nearby coastline offer a huge range of fishing opportunities.

These connected lakes are in East Gippsland between the towns of Lakes Entrance, Bairnsdale and Sale, and all flow through a common sea entrance that is open at all times.

The largest waterways are Lake Wellington, Lake King and Lake Victoria. These are fed by the Avon, Thomson, Latrobe, Mitchell, Nicholson and Tambo Rivers, all draining into the Bass Strait 2km south-west of Lakes Entrance.

To the east is the separate Lake Tyers, a small tidal waterway often closed to Bass Strait, but opened by heavy rain or weather.

Though much smaller than the above-mentioned waterways, Lake Tyers is mostly navigable by recreational vessels.

This Gippsland Lakes region has surf, estuary, offshore and freshwater fishing.

The sea opening is not safe for trailer boats, but the lakes themselves produce plenty of fish for anglers fishing from dinghies or yaks.

Ninety Mile Beach is a huge attraction for surf fishos, with several good access points.

Lake King is fed by the Mitchell, Nicholson and Tambo Rivers, and contains arguably the broadest range of species.

Wattle Point, west of Paynesville, is a quieter place for those who like seclusion, with mainly bream, whiting and flathead.

Landbased anglers can try the other following fishing spots …

*Eastern Beach off Eastern Beach Rd for salmon, tailor and mullet;
*Kalimna Jetty for bream, luderick, flathead, tailor and salmon;
*Kalimna Wall for luderick and bream;
*Nungurner Jetty and the north side of Reeve Channel;
*Fishermen’s Wharf at Paynesville;
*Crane Jetty at Shaving Point (mulloway);
*Raymond Island Jetty; (bream and flathead)
*Montague Point (bream and big flathead);
*Point Harrington spit (flathead and flounder);
*Resides Jetty north of Point Scott.

Being relatively clear, with little tidal run in some areas, and receiving steady fishing pressure, the best results are had in the lakes using the lightest tackle and fresh local or live bait.

The main species caught are bream, luderick, leatherjackets, garfish, whiting, salmon, silver trevally, tailor and flathead are abundant in the lower lakes, with bream and estuary perch upstream.

Using lures is a way to avoid some of the juvenile bream.

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Gippsland Lakes Artificial Reefs

Artificial reefs have been installed in the lakes and these host a range of species.

As much of the lake floor is sand fish are attracted to the reef structures.

Find a reef and anchor or drift over with baits or jigs.

You can expect much the same species as are found throughout the lakes.

The various reefs are as shown below, for the latest news on new reefs keep an eye on the Victoria Fisheries Authority web pages.

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Tambo River

The Tambo River has good bream, with bankside fishing spots.

Access to the Tambo is below the Princes Hwy Bridge via the Metung Rd and above the bridge via the Upper Tambo Rd.

Downstream access is via McFarlanes Rd. Launch boats at the Johnsonville ramp.

The river mouth into the lake is a great place for big bream, especially after rain.

Marshalls Flat on the west bank is a popular landbased area, as is Rough Rd, off Metung Rd.

The upper river fishes best in dry weather. Mulloway are caught.

Nicholson River

The Nicholson River has little landbased access, but the small area called The Pear Tree, on the west bank about 1.5km below the Princes Hwy bridge, is a good spot.

A boat ramp is near the highway.

Bream, luderick and flathead are throughout the river.

Mitchell River

The Mitchell River has a boat ramp at Eagle Point gives access to good spots such as The Cut, where the river flows into Jones Bay. Bream, estuary perch, flathead, mullet and garfish are caught.

Landbased fishing is at East Riverbank Rd and at the jetty next to the Lucknow Bridge.

The upper river’s snags fish best in summer.

Lake King

Lake King fishes best after rain, which forces fish out of the rivers.

Eagle Point Bay is good after rain when fish are flushed from Mitchell River.

The same applies for Tambo Bay and Salt Creek near the Tambo River.

Jones Bay is good for pumping bait, and fishes best after heavy rain.

Lake Wellington

Lake Wellington is a large lake but with an average depth of only 2.5m.

It is fed by the Avon, Perry and Latrobe Rivers, and at the south-east end drains into Lake Victoria through McLennans Strait.

There is no tidal influence.

On the north shore, Marley Landing, which is 1km west of the Avon River entrance into the lake, gives access to the Avon River mouth, with flathead, whiting and bream.

On the south bank, Bull Bay has a launch site on a track off Seacombe Rd.

A boat ramp is at Seacombe at the top of the strait.

The strait has bream and estuary perch, with luderick in autumn. The lake can become rough.

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is 25km long and 2.5km wide, with an average depth over 5m.

It has very little tidal influence. Water flows through McLennans Strait if wind or rain changes the lakes’ levels.

Bream, garfish, mullet, luderick, trevally, tailor, flounder and flathead are the main species.

Loch Sport is the access point, reached from Sale or Rosedale on the Princes Hwy, then from Longford via Collier Hill from the South Gippsland Hwy.

There is a jetty and good boat ramp.

Holland’s Landing on the north side of McLennans Strait has a van park.

The 9km strait holds most species, including estuary perch.

Jones and Blond Bays are good bream areas.

Flathead and whiting are caught on the channel edges.

Flounder spearing is popular in both lakes.

LaTrobe River

LaTrobe River has carp, mullet and bream. The river is navigable from Lake Wellington to Sale, via the Thompson River, but is not popular.

Ninety Mile Beach

Ninety Mile Beach extends from Lakes Entrance to McLoughlins Beach in South Gippsland.

In summer there are snapper, flathead and occasional mulloway.

Elephant fish and gummy sharks bite at night.

Snapper are best in Oct/Nov, but bite all summer.

Winter produces salmon.

Good access, travelling south, is at Paradise Beach, Golden Beach, Delray Beach, Seaspray – from Longford – and Woodside and Reeves Beaches further south.

Fishing near Merrimans Creek mouth near Seaspray during flooding produces mulloway.

Nearby freshwater fishing locations

Blue Rock Lake

This has trout and redfin, with accessible shoreline for landbased fishing.

Lake Narracan

A great spot to get the kids onto a big carp.

Lake Glenmaggie

Glenmaggie has brown and rainbow trout and bass. It is a popular camping location.

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Fishing gear for Victorian waters

A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for gar, whiting, mullet, trout, redfin and bream. See eBay listing here.

A 3-6kg spin outfit is ideal for general Victorian saltwater and freshwater fishing. See eBay listing here.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for Victorian salmon, tailor and trevally. See eBay listing here.

Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for a range of Victorian species. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Squid jigs are essential gear in Victoria. See eBay listing here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. See eBay listing here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for salmon and flathead, 11/0 for large mulloway). See eBay listing here.

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Some external videos filmed around Lakes Entrance are featured below.

Lakes Entrance drone footage

Gippsland Lakes artificial reefs

ET at Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance flathead

Lakes Entrance surf fishing

Lakes Entrance offshore fishing

Gippsland Lakes bream competition

Loch Sport drone footage

How to fish the Murray River

The mighty Murray River spans three states. Image adapted from SA WATER online map
The mighty Murray River spans three states. Image adapted from SA WATER online map

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Upper Murray River (NSW/Vic) fishing spots

By former Murray River fisheries officer TREVOR SIMMONDS

Tying up a houseboat to the bank on a secluded part of the Murray River is one of the state’s most enjoyable fishing experiences.

However, visiting fishermen often go to the back of the boat and cast to the other side of the river.

Unless you are fishing a midstream snag, rock patch or drop-off, the middle of the river is basically a desert.

You may catch a fish, but will have more chance if you place shrimp pots and baits in water near the bank.

Take your rod to the front of the houseboat, which should be moored bow in to the shore and stern out.

Drop the rig into the water and slowly walk to the back of the houseboat, bouncing the sinker off the river bed until the sinker drops and you must let out 1-3 metres of line.

What you have found is the drop-off used by fish, a fish highway.

A dinghy or canoe provides a great way to explore the creek and river systems.

Bait fishing is the preferred method for me but lures are popular.

Echo sounders help when trolling deep lures along drop-offs in search of murray cod and callop.

Look for snags or fallen rocks.

Fish snags in deep water with deep-diving lures or bait.

Fishing in the various lakes that follow the river can be productive.

Shrimp are an ideal bait for most Murray fish and are readily available throughout the river and can be caught from shore in shrimp traps.

Earthworms are another good bait.

Small yabbies are a great bait for yellowbelly and cod.

Carp will take a range of baits, including bread dough, cheese and luncheon meats.

Murray River species

The Murray cod (Maccullochella peeli) is the river’s largest fish.

This was once the dominant species in the river, but was soon fished down after white settlement.

Fishermen started expressing concern about the quantity of cod in South Australia when there was a marked decrease in the number of small cod between the 1kg to 10kg range, although cod from 10kg to 30kg were still relatively plentiful, along with some magnificent specimens of 40kg to 50kg.

Fortunately, due to a fisheries management plan, the number of smaller cod has now increased.

Cod like large snags and they readily take lures. They should be released.

Callop, also known as yellowbelly or golden perch (Macquaria ambigua), are the most prolific native freshwater fish for the SA angler.

These and cod were historically the main target of the commercial fishing industry, with annual callop captures ranging from about 40 tonnes to 150 tonnes, depending on river conditions.

Silver perch (Bidyanus bidyanus) are found throughout the river system, although there has long been a concern that their numbers are falling.

They are usually caught as an incidental catch for the angler when fishing for callop.

Silver perch are fully protected and must be returned to the water.

The eel-tail catfish (Tandanus tandanus) is unfortunately struggling.

This great table fish is one of the casualties of the carp introduction.

The catfish builds nests to breed and rear their young, but faced the ground-disturbing feeding habits of carp.

Although some catfish are caught while fishing for callop they are no longer a target species, and are fully protected.

Bony bream (Nematalosa erebi) are very common throughout the river system. It does not take a baited hook readily. They are able to live in brackish water and stay alive for a long time on a hook, making them useful as bait for murray cod, and in the saltwater Coorong area for mulloway.

Large numbers of bony bream are seen by tourists floating dead in the river with a cotton-like substance or red mark on their side. This is a natural occurrence.

Trout (brown and rainbow) are a rare catch in the Murray but one of the only introduced fish in the river not to be regarded as noxious.

The Murray River crayfish (Euastacus armatus) was once plentiful throughout the system (mainly in the upper reaches of South Australia), but has suffered a massive decline in numbers.

It was thought the crayfish was extinct in South Australia.

However many local fishermen have illegally transferred crayfish from interstate and deposited them in the river.

The locations are a well kept secret, but to my knowledge the crayfish are thriving and reproducing in some areas. The crayfish is only active during the cold months. They are fully protected.

The yabbie (Cherax destructor), unlike the crayfish, is a summer catch.

Yabbies are very common throughout the river system, providing a food source for people and fish.

Fortunately for the angler, they are very easily caught using baited drop nets and yabbie traps.

The best time to catch yabbies is just after a flood in summer as the water level starts to fall. Most are caught on inundated floodplains, billabongs and creeks.

Carp (Cyprinus carpio) are a noxious feral fish that have taken over much of the river.

Many fishermen believe European carp are not worth catching, but it must be said that a 5kg carp hooked in shallow water on 6kg line puts up a struggle worthy of any sportfish.

They take most baits, but only rarely take lures.

Carp must be killed when caught.

Redfin perch (Perca fluviatilis) were introduced by English fishermen and though officially a feral pest they are well-regarded as a sport and table fish.

It is illegal to return redfin to the water.

Another introduced species is the tench (Tinca tinca), a revered fish in Europe, but not much regarded in Australia.

The lives mostly in quiet backwater areas. It fights quite well.

The tiny mosquito fish is usually caught in shrimp traps.

It is illegal to return mosquito fish to the water alive.

Murray River fishing spots, South Australia

1. Renmark to the NSW border, including lock six. The Murray River National Park exists in this region. Boat ramps at Headings cliff and Renmark. A myriad of creeks and numerous lakes and billabongs exists throughout this area. Whilst Chowilla Creek is the most popular it branches into the Monoman Creek that, although not navigable all year, produces callop and yabbies. The best spot is in the area around the second bridge that enters lock six on Chowilla Creek and the upstream and downstream ends of Monoman Creek where it enters Chowilla Creek. A bank launch is possible. Also downstream is the Headings Cliff boat ramp. Most houseboats moor at the entrance of Chowilla Creek and travel upstream by tinnie. Lake Littra and Lake Limbra are in this area and access is only by the old Wentworth Road. Hunchie Creek is located on the northern area of Headings Cliff. Tinnie access for callop and yabbies. Lake Merriti is in this area and on a falling river it is very productive for yabbies. It contains the largest ibis rookery in the Southern Hemisphere. Contact National Parks before entering this area. The most productive area is the southern end of the lake and the creek that enters the Hunchie creek. Ral Ral creek that enters the main river at Renmark will produce callop, cod and yabbies. It is also worth travelling above lock six and fish the creeks that enter the river, particularly on the northern side. Remember if you travel beyond the border into NSW then their laws apply.

2. Paringa – including lock five. Good boat ramp. Good fishing below the lock on the western side of the main river. Numerous small creeks flow off the main river and are very popular for callop and yabbies. A tinnie launch site is located below Salora off the Loxton to Paringa road. Bank fishing on the northern side upstream from Lyrup is popular.

3. Lyrup – good boat ramp. Gurra Gurra Lakes are productive for big carp particularly in the shallow water and some callop in the area of the Bookpurnong Bridge on the Loxton to Berri road. About 2k downstream from Lyrup is a large sweeping bend and some cliffs in an just above Wilabalangaloo. This area is renowned for large cod and callop.

4. Berri – well situated on the river with a good boat ramp. The other side of Berri has a ramp at Bookpurnong Cliffs. Lock four is located between Berri and Loxton. It seems best to travel downstream from Berri to the Bookpurnong cliff area and further to lock four. A camping area and bank launch exists below the cliffs on the Loxton side of the river. The road to Kataraptko Creek is located near Berri. This will enter a national park so please ring NPWS for any regulations. This is a great spot for family camping and bank launching is possible. A track will also take you to the western bank at lock four. Depending on the road conditions a 4WD may be essential.

5. Loxton – a historical town with great launching facilities. It is also close to the famous Kataraptko creek. The river immediately below Loxton near the caravan park produces some big callop and this area is used for the Loxton Apex Club Fisherama each year in January. Numerous sandbars exist above Loxton and are very popular with locals and the house boaters. Look for a deep channel for your callop. Fishing below lock four is very productive with the best areas immediately below the lock outside the restricted boundary and an area within 200m upstream from the upstream entrance of Kataraptko Creek. Within 5km downstream from Loxton is the famous Kataraptko Creek. On a falling river the “Kat” is very productive for yabbies. All year callop are taken from either bank (via Berri) or by boat (via Loxton) Boats can also be launched at the ramp area situated about 8km between Loxton and Morook.

6. Moorook and New Residence – good launching facilities. Launching at Moorook will give boat access to the main river and the shallow lagoons upstream. Although large carp exist in the lagoon it appears that the main stream in this area is the most productive for callop. Access to the Black Fella Creek area is achieved by boat at high flood or by vehicle from Barmera and Cobdogla. This would have to be one of the most popular yabbie areas during falling river conditions. Fishing the bank immediately in front of Moorook is definitely worth a try.

7. Barmera – a lake off the main river good fishing and great launching facilities. The area of Lake Bonney can at times produce very good catches of callop and some redfin. Bank fishing is productive however using a tinnie among the dead gum trees is more productive. Although depth sounders are not readily used in this area I would suggest they should be as most callop are among the snags. Chambers Creek bridge is worth fishing for callop and is easily accessible at both ends at Lake Bonney and Kingston. Cobdogla area is a good camping area with many callop caught from the bank.

8. Kingston on Murray – a ramp exists and is located just above lock 3. Kingston on Murray produces good callop upstream and from the bank, however most fishing is done below lock three situated just downstream. Access to bank fishing is via the lock three road between Barmera and Waikerie on the northern side of the river. Good yabbies are taken in the area between Overland Corner and Lock 3 on a falling river. Bank launching and cod and callop fishing is at Overland Corner.

9. Waikerie – good launching facilities. Lock two is located downstream. The main river between lock two (below Waikerie ) and Overland Corner upstream is very productive for callop, carp, cod and yabbies. Access is available for bank fishing along many tracks that branch from the main road between Kingston on Murray to Waikerie. Good fishing can be had from the bank in the township although within 2km upstream is preferred, fishing close to the bank. Telegraph Cliffs further upstream is definitely worth a try for cod and callop, although a boat is necessary.
Downstream from Waikerie on the floodplain there is a bank launch on the first big bend and this will be one of the closest approaches to fish an area called Broken Cliff which is a popular spot for callop. For the bank fishermen there is also an opportunity to fish Broken Cliff as it is accessible by crossing the ferry and following the road on the northern side of the river. Boat launch is also possible in this area during the summer months. Further downstream is lock 2, and the angler should fish for about 1km downstream as this area is definitely one of the most popular and productive areas on the river.

10. Hogwash Bend – bank launching. Hogwash Bend is accessible by road along the Waikerie-Cadell road. A very popular spot for camping and an easy spot to bank launch your boat. The many creeks upstream and downstream are productive for yabbies in the summer months particularly during a falling river. Callop are also in good numbers in this area.

11. Morgan – historic town with good launching facilities. Now we are getting closer to Adelaide and you will find it more difficult to have a piece of river to yourself. The historical township of Morgan including the Cadell area are productive for the angler as callop are in good numbers both upstream and downstream and yabbies are in numbers during the summer months, particularly in the small creeks that enter the main stream. Downstream from Morgan as you approach Blanchetown there are numerous lagoons and billabongs these are definitely worth a fish especially if you can locate some submerged snags.

12. Blanchetown – lock one and good launching facilities. Great place for the day tripper. This area features lock one and good fishing for callop and carp can be had from the bank immediately below the lock boundary. The river downstream from Blanchetown is very attractive with spectacular cliffs and good callop fishing. Further downstream is a good spot for callop in the area of Stockwell Pump. Vehicle access, bank launching and camping is achieved along the Blanchetown Swan Reach road to an area immediately opposite the pumping station.

13. Swan Reach – great launching facilities. Swan Reach is within an easy drive from Adelaide for a day trip or extended holiday. Fishing at Swan Reach can be productive for callop and carp, but upstream fishing is preferred.

14. Walkers Flat – good launching facilities. Nildotte is a small town that should not be overlooked. It has good launching facilities and this area can produce callop. The lagoons across the river produce bag limit yabbies, especially during summer after a flood on a falling river.

15. Mannum – great launching facilities. The historic town of Mannum is a tourist mecca, however for the angler callop catches are not as plentiful as upstream. Although this area can produce callop, and occasional redfin perch and yabbies, it is unfortunate that the river banks from Walkers Flat downstream are plagued by the introduced willow tree. There is some good fishing for the boat owner among the willows, mainly when these trees have full foliage in summer. Unfortunately, bank access is restricted.

16. Murray Bridge – great launching facilities. The lagoons in the area are a good place for catching carp. This area is a great area for a day fishing trip from Adelaide. Carp are plentiful, with the occasional callop and redfin. Willow trees are again a problem. Almost all fish from Murray Bridge downstream to the lakes have a yellow tinge and the red on a redfin perch can at times appear almost non existent. As carp are so readily caught, there is always a chance for the family to have fun.

17. Tailem Bend and Wellington – both have good launching facilities. Wellington is the gateway to Lake Alexandrina. Both towns are carp central.

18. Meningie – the heart of the Coorong on Lake Albert. Good launching facilities. Also carp central, with occasional redfin.

19. Murray River mouth – the entrance and nearby beaches put on some of the best beach-based mulloway fishing in the state, usually after the river has flowed floodwater.

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Fishing gear for the Murray River

By Wiki Fishing Spots staff

Firstly, a lure desnagger/retriever will quickly pay for itself. If you are fishing properly you WILL get snagged. The simplest type is simply dropped down on a cord ... eBay link here.

If you want a fair dinkum true blue Aussie lure desnagger, try this one ... eBay link here.

For rods and reels, a 3-6kg spin outfit is ideal for most Murray River bait and lure fishing. See eBay listing here. If you are chasing big murray cod, you'll need something heavier.

Many types of soft plastics work on Murray fish, but these grubs are a good all-rounder ... eBay listing here.

Jig heads in various sizes are needed for most soft plastic lures, use the lightest heads that you can cast. See eBay listing here.

Floats are useful for suspending a bait. The polystyrene floats in the following listing are slid onto the line and a stopper is placed above the float to set the depth fished. Always use the smallest size for the conditions and bait you are using. See eBay listing here. Clear bubble floats are preferable for Murray fishing when the water is clear.

Ball sinkers are ideal for river bait fishing, using a running sinker rig. See eBay listing here.

Hooks up to around 1/0 are ideal for the Murray bait fishing, with fine-gauge hooks best for livebait fishing. See eBay listing here.

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Email any corrections, additions, pictures or video here.

Some external videos filmed on the Murray River are featured below.

Murray River cod fishing

Murray River cod fishing

Murray River yellowbelly (callop) fishing

Murray River yabbies and carp

Murray River callop fishing

iFish Murray cod electrofishing (research)

Murray River carp fishing

Murray River bait fishing

Murray cod kayak fishing

Lure fishing for Murray River callop (yellowbelly)

Murray River mouth drone footage

How to fish the Gippsland Lakes, Victoria

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Gippsland Lakes artificial reefs
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The Gippsland Lakes are a large area of interconnected tidal waterways served by a maintained sea entrance.

The lakes are in East Gippsland, covering an area of about 350sqkm between the towns of Lakes Entrance, Bairnsdale and Sale.

The largest waterways are Lake Wellington, Lake King and Lake Victoria. These are fed by the Avon, Thomson, Latrobe, Mitchell, Nicholson and Tambo Rivers, and drain into the Bass Strait through a sea entrance 2km southwest of Lakes Entrance CBD.

To the east is the separate Lake Tyers, a small tidal waterway often closed to Bass Strait, but sometimes opened by heavy rain or weather.

Though much smaller than the above-mentioned waterways, Lake Tyers is mostly navigable by recreational vessels.

This Gippsland Lakes region offers a bit of everything, including surf, estuary, offshore and freshwater fishing.

The sea opening is not safe for trailer boats, but the lakes themselves produce plenty of fish for anglers fishing from dinghies or yaks.

Landbased anglers can try the following fishing spots …

*Eastern Beach off Eastern Beach Rd for salmon, tailor and mullet;
*Kalimna Jetty for bream, luderick, flathead, tailor and salmon;
*Kalimna Wall for luderick and bream;
*Nungurner Jetty and the north side of Reeve Channel;
*Fishermen’s Wharf at Paynesville;
*Crane Jetty at Shaving Point (mulloway);
*Raymond Island Jetty; (bream and flathead)
*Montague Point (bream and big flathead);
*Point Harrington spit (flathead and flounder);
*Resides Jetty north of Point Scott.

Being relatively clear, with little tidal run in some areas, and receiving steady fishing pressure, the best results are had in the lakes using the lightest tackle and fresh local or live bait.

The main species caught are bream, luderick, leatherjackets, garfish, whiting, salmon, silver trevally, tailor and flathead are abundant in the lower lakes, with bream and estuary perch upstream.

Using lures is a way to avoid some of the juvenile bream.

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Gippsland Lakes Artificial Reefs

Artificial reefs have been installed in the lakes and these host a range of species.

As much of the lake floor is sand fish are attracted to the reef structures.

Find a reef and anchor or drift over with baits or jigs.

You can expect much the same species as are found throughout the lakes.

The various reefs are as shown below, for the latest news on new reefs keep an eye on the Victoria Fisheries Authority web pages.

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The Tambo River has good bream, with bankside fishing spots.

Access to the Tambo is below the Princes Hwy Bridge via the Metung Rd and above the bridge via the Upper Tambo Rd.

Downstream access is via McFarlanes Rd. Launch boats at the Johnsonville ramp.

The river mouth into the lake is a great place for big bream, especially after rain.

Marshalls Flat on the west bank is a popular landbased area, as is Rough Rd, off Metung Rd.

The upper river fishes best in dry weather. Mulloway are caught.

The Nicholson River has little landbased access, but the small area called The Pear Tree, on the west bank about 1.5km below the Princes Hwy bridge, is a good spot.

A boat ramp is near the highway.

Bream, luderick and flathead are throughout the river.

The Mitchell River has a boat ramp at Eagle Point gives access to good spots such as The Cut, where the river flows into Jones Bay. Bream, estuary perch, flathead, mullet and garfish are caught.

Landbased fishing is at East Riverbank Rd and at the jetty next to the Lucknow Bridge.

The upper river’s snags fish best in summer.

Lake King fishes best after rain, which forces fish out of the rivers.

Eagle Point Bay is good after rain when fish are flushed from Mitchell River.

The same applies for Tambo Bay and Salt Creek near the Tambo River.

Jones Bay is good for pumping bait, and fishes best after heavy rain. Lake Wellington is a large lake with an average depth of only 2.5m.

It is fed by the Avon, Perry and Latrobe Rivers, and at the south-east end drains into Lake Victoria through McLennans Strait.

There is no tidal influence.

On the north shore, Marley Landing, which is 1km west of the Avon River entrance into the lake, gives access to the Avon River mouth, with flathead, whiting and bream.

On the south bank, Bull Bay has a launch site on a track off Seacombe Rd.

A boat ramp is at Seacombe at the top of the strait. The strait has bream and estuary perch, with luderick in autumn. The lake can become rough.

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is 25km long and 2.5km wide, with an average depth over 5m.

It has very little tidal influence. Water flows through McLennans Strait if wind or rain changes the lakes’ levels.

Bream, garfish, mullet, luderick, trevally, tailor, flounder and flathead are the main species.

Loch Sport is the access point, reached from Sale or Rosedale on the Princes Hwy, then from Longford via Collier Hill from the South Gippsland Hwy.

There is a jetty and good boat ramp.

Holland’s Landing on the north side of McLennans Strait has a van park. The 9km strait holds most species, including estuary perch.

Jones and Blond Bays are good bream areas.

Flathead and whiting are caught on the channel edges.

Flounder spearing is popular in both lakes.

LaTrobe River has carp, mullet and bream. The river is navigable from Lake Wellington to Sale, via the Thompson River, but is not popular.

Ninety Mile Beach extends from Lakes Entrance to McLoughlins Beach in South Gippsland.

In summer there are snapper, flathead and occasional mulloway.

Elephant fish and gummy sharks bite at night.

Snapper are best in Oct/Nov, but bite all summer.

Winter produces salmon.

Good access, travelling south, is at Paradise Beach, Golden Beach, Delray Beach, Seaspray – from Longford – and Woodside and Reeves Beaches further south.

Fishing near Merrimans Creek mouth near Seaspray during flooding produces mulloway.

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Fishing gear for Victorian waters

A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for gar, whiting, mullet, trout, redfin and bream. See eBay listing here.

A 3-6kg spin outfit is ideal for general Victorian saltwater and freshwater fishing. See eBay listing here.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for Victorian salmon, tailor and trevally. See eBay listing here.

Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for a range of Victorian species. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Squid jigs are essential gear in Victoria. See eBay listing here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. See eBay listing here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for salmon and flathead, 11/0 for large mulloway). See eBay listing here.

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Some external videos filmed around Lakes Entrance are featured below.

Lakes Entrance drone footage

Gippsland Lakes artificial reefs

ET at Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance flathead

Lakes Entrance surf fishing

Lakes Entrance offshore fishing

Gippsland Lakes bream competition

Loch Sport drone footage

How to catch squid off the beach

Both tropical longfin squid (often called tiger squid) and southern calamari squid often hunt near shore where they can be caught from beaches, jetties and rocks.

Tiger squid will hunt in a few inches of water in the tropics, and the author has caught them in these situations on a fly rod – the proof can be seen here.

Southern calamari squid are found almost anywhere there is a weedbed or broken sandy bottom.

Dusk and dawn are usually the best times for catching southern calamari, but tiger squid will hunt night and day.

Both species prefer clear water.

Arrow squid are more likely to be seen further offshore.

Squid can be taken from shore using standard artificial jigs or baited jigs.

A casting rod with 6kg line is ideal, you might want to use heavier line if fishing from a jetty where you must pull large squid up – the squid will never weigh 6kg but some reserve in the line helps, and you never know when a giant cuttlefish might show.

In southern waters squid are often targeted by using a baited ‘spike jig’ under a float. A small fish is impaled on the jig and cast out under a float.

When using jigs with no barbs on the hooks always keep the line tight after hookup or the jig might detach from the squid.

Squid can be sight-fished in many locations.

To find your squid, patrol likely spots at dawn and dusk, with most locations fishing best at high tide.

Squid are great fun for kids to catch.

Squid are delicious, and being abundant you don’t have to feel guilty about eating them.

Please email any updates or corrections to fishfindermaps2@gmail.com

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Squid fishing gear

A 6kg spinning outfit is suitable for squidding. See eBay listing here.

Standard squid jigs such as these work well ... see eBay listing here.

Baited 'spike jigs' are popular in South Australia but will work well on large calamari squid in all southern states - these are cast under a float and left out until a squid takes the bait. Bait these jigs with a small tommy ruff or mullet. The large baited jigs with a set of underlying barbed hooks are very effective even though they look clumsy compared with smaller jigs more commonly seen ... see the eBay listing here.

Squid can be targeted with baited jigs such as these as well ... see eBay listing here.

Don't forget to take a sharp knife and a bucket because squid squirt ink and are a messy catch. Some freezer bags are always handy so you can part-process your squid on location.

Good luck!

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Some external videos featuring landbased squid fishing are featured below.

Squid from the beach

Squid from the beach

Jetty squid

How to clean squid

Kurrimine Beach, Queensland

Kurrimine Beach as shown on a GBRMPA zoning map
Kurrimine Beach as shown on a GBRMPA zoning map

Kurrimine Beach tides
Great Barrier Reef regional zone map
Queensland dam water levels
Queensland stocked impoundment permits
Queensland fishing regulations

Kurrimine Beach is a popular fishing community north of Mission Beach, a 90-minute drive south of Cairns.

There is reef, beach and creek fishing, with some good spots for boaters in close.

Importantly, the GBR reefs are only a relatively short run out compared with other East Coast locations.

Boaters should take note of Green Zone boundaries which lie north and south of the community’s inshore waters.

King Reef is a popular spot that extends out from Murdering Point.

This coastal reef has an annual run of mackerel in the cooler months and produces tropical rock lobsters (painted crays) for divers.

Being close in, King Reef can be fished in small boats in suitable conditions.

Spearfishing is popular as the water here is often clear.

August, September, October is best for the inshore school, spotted and spanish mackerel.

Large spanish mackerel come in close at high tide and can be caught in early mornings or late afternoons around King Reef by trolling or with live or deadbait.

Ellison and Eddy Reefs are the nearest proper GBR reefs, at 30km and 35km from Kurrimine, an easy run in a suitable trailerboat.

Adelaide, Potter and Farquarson reefs lie a little further out, providing plenty of ground to explore.

Fishing the deep rubble or fern ground between the GBR reefs can produce big red emperor and nannygai, while the reefs themselves have coral trout, tusk fish, cod and other reef fish, as well as big mackerel and GTs.

Trevally can be a nuisance, and surprises such as oversize mangrove jacks can be expected.

The beach can be fished at high tide for salmon, bream, flathead, grunter jacks, trevally, queenfish and whiting, however it is heavily tide dependent, with a wide flat exposed at low tide.

Aim to fish a large incoming tide for best results, and use livebait or fresh local bait such as herring or sardines.

Maria Creek produces mud crabs, mangrove jack, blue salmon and occasional barramundi.

Liverpool Creek to the north has good estuary fishing at times, with sooty grunter in the upper freshwater section.

There are two tide-dependent boat ramps at Kurrimine Beach but locals usually launch off the beach with a tractor.

A local highlight is the annual fishing competition, a major event, hosted by Kurrimine Beach Fishing Club.

Nearby Mission Beach has a jetty on Alexander Drive, with mackerel in winter, and excellent offshore fishging.

Nearby Clump Point Boat Harbour has landbased fishing.

South of Mission Beach are the Murray and Hull rivers, with jacks, trevally, barra and mud crabs.

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Fishing gear for Queensland's tropical waters

Much tropical estuary and river fishing involves casting and trolling lures around snags, where a lure desnagger soon pays for itself. The simplest type is dropped on a cord ... see eBay link here.

Or for a true blue Aussie lure desnagger, try this one ... eBay link here.

When targeting barramundi and other large tropical estuary fish a baitcaster combo is the best option. The small overhead reels on these combos allow thumb control when casting, making lure placement easy. However practise is required to cast these reels and they do not cast tiny lures easily. A baitcaster combo loaded with 10kg braid will handle most barramundi and threadfin salmon, with 15kg line better for large dam fish among timber and when trolling big rivers. See a suitable baitcaster listing on eBay here. The listed rod-reel combo can be used for trolling and casting.

Single-handed baitcaster rods are an option for day-long casting sessions, these combos are missing the rod butt's lower section. DO NOT buy a low-quality baitcaster reel as they can be awful to use - if on a tight budget buy a spinning reel instead.

A 6kg spin outfit (eggbeater type reel) is fine for much tropical Queensland estuary and freshwater fishing. Lighter outfits aren't recommended as you may hook big fish in tropical waters. A 6-10kg rod-reel combo is needed for barramundi and threadfin salmon and this can also be used to cast lures to pelagic fish such as mackerel and tuna. A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for whiting, bream and flathead. See eBay listing here.

For boat fishing, a short, powerful rod with overhead or spinning reel loaded with 15kg braided line is ideal for general reef fishing in water to around 25m deep, and can also be used to troll for pelagic fish. See eBay listing here.

Heavier outfits are recommended for deeper water, always using braided line as its thin diameter is less affected by currents.

Soft plastic grubs and shads are good all-round lures for a range of tropical Queensland saltwater and freshwater estuary species. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Bibbed hardbody minnows by quality brands such as Reidys and Classic are generally used for barramundi fishing. Barramundi are strong fish that tear apart the split rings and hooks on cheaply made lures, so buy wisely. Tropical tackle shops are well stocked with these lures.

Squid jigs are useful in tropical Queensland waters. See eBay listing here.

Snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for boat fishing. Heavy leads are needed in deep water because of ocean currents.

For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. Listing on eBay here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for flathead, 11/0 for barramundi, jewfish and reef fish. Listing on eBay here.

Ganged hooks (joined chains of hooks) are used when fishing pilchard or sauri baits for mackerel. Listing on eBay here.

Lastly, Queensland tropical waters have saltwater crocodiles, stonefish, box jellyfish, irukandji jellyfish and ever-present sharks. These can all show up where you don't expect them, including in the shallows around boat ramps and beaches next to tourist resorts. Don't take risks.

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Some external videos filmed around Kurrimine Beach are featured below.

Kurrimine Beach fishing

Boat launching at Kurrimine

Kurrimine fishing competition

Kurrimine Beach drone footage

Tasmania’s best trout waters

Tasmanian fishing regulations
Tasmanian marine reserves
Tasmanian saltwater fishing seasons
Trout fishing spot access programs
Fisheries assessment reports
Buy a freshwater fishing licence
Tasmanian lake levels (hydro)
Tasmanian lake levels (govt)
Tasmanian lake webcams
Tasmanian river flows
Bag and size limits
Private Tasmanian trout fisheries
Return to the Tasmanian Fishing Map

Here’s a list of the better known Tasmanian trout fishing spots, along with why they are great. Tasmania also has many fishing spots that are hidden gems.

South Esk River – this is Tasmania’s longest river and one of the best trout rivers. It begins in the Ben Lomond plateau near Mathinna and runs through Fingal, Avoca, Evandale, Perth Longford and Hadspen. The river merges with the Meander River, and flows through Cataract Gorge to join the North Esk River at Launceston. From this arises the Tamar River, which flows into Bass Strait. The South Esk includes Trevallyn Dam near Launceston, also a fishing hotspot. The river’s two largest tributaries are the Macquarie and Meander Rivers, with lesser tributaries being the Nile River, River Tyne, Storys Creek and the Break O’Day River. This river has everything from fast races to long slow sections, depending where you choose to fish.

Penstock Lagoon – this shallow waterbody has a steady water level which allows insects to thrive. Great for dry and wet fly fishing for browns and rainbows. More info here.

Little Pine Lagoon – this relatively small waterbody is one of Tasmania’s best fly fishing locations. Anglers enjoy sight-fishing for tailing fish and dun feeders from boat and shore.

Great Lake – this huge waterbody has changed historically as the dam was periodically built higher. Brown and rainbow trout can be caught all year. The shores of the lake are quite barren when the water level falls, with tracks around the lake making fishing access easy. Great fishing can be had. There are summer beetle falls for dry fly fishing, and a special feature is open water sight fishing for trout cruising wind lanes, the big fish can sometimes be seen in the waves. More info here.

Arthurs Lake – a consistently popular location over the years. It produces big trout and also large numbers of smaller fish. Dry fly fishing is outstanding during insect hatches. Boaters can fish wind lanes, and there is good streamer wet fly fishing when trout are chasing galaxia. More info here.

Brumbys Creek – this large lowland creek has cold water flowing in from the nearby highlands which ensures it fishes well through summer. There are mayfly hatches in spring, summer and autumn, and dry fly fishing can be outstanding. More info here.

Western lakes – Tasmania’s highlands have a special wilderness fishery with dozens of lakes spread across the Central Plateau, west of Nineteen Lagoons. This area is traversed on foot and great care is required as blizzards can occur. There are not many trout in these shallow and often small waters but many fish encountered are trophies. Landbased sight fishing for brown trout doesn’t get much better.

Huon River – the Huon produced the biggest brown trout caught in Tasmania. It is a tough water though, flowing hard much of the year past banks lined with fallen timber. Summer and autumn sees the river fall and the stone river bed exposed. Spinning and wet fly fishing works. The annual sea trout run below Huonville often produces great fishing when the whitebait is moving. More info here.

Macquarie River – this slow lowland river is famous for hatches of red spinner mayfly. Drift boat fishing with a dry fly is popular, and bankside wading works too.

Nineteen Lagoons – these waters west of Great Lake can be reached via the road to Lake Augusta. This is wilderness fishery but with less walking required than the Western lakes. Try fishing flooded backwaters early in the season, and then sight fishing the shallows later in the year.

Lake Burbury – this large lake is open all year and produces huge numbers of mostly small wild rainbow and brown trout. Many styles of fishing can be employed. More info here.

Mersey River – most rivers in Tasmania have brown trout, but the Mersey has rainbow trout. Brown trout are caught in the lower sections.

Bronte Lagoon – a great place to try your hand at fly fishing. Be on the shores very early and you will likely see fish feeding in the shallows. Nearby Bronte Park has cabin accommodation and there are other lakes nearby, including the Bradys-Binney-Tungatinah chain. Brown, brook and rainbow trout are caught in Bronte.

Clarence Lagoon – the attraction of this small, shallow water is that it contains only brook trout. Catching them though can be tricky, rough weather might improve your chances, but be suitably equipped with warm weather gear. More info here.

Lake Pedder – the lake was famous for its giant trout after it was flooded, but the fish soon grew in number and shrank in size. There is now a huge number of mostly small brown and rainbow trout to be caught. Nearby Lake Gordon also has brown and rainbow trout, and redfin. Pedder has a more stable water level and arguably better fishing around the edges, but Gordon produces some big fish around the drowned timber. Pedder, being a huge impoundment, is worth a visit for the scenery, and there is accommodation near the main boat ramp. More info here.

There are many other fisheries throughout Tasmania, from large lakes to tiny creeks. Annual rainfall affects the rivers and lakes to some extent, and annual fish stocking, research this when planning a trip.

Please email any updates or corrections to fishfindermaps2@gmail.com

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Fishing gear for Tasmanian waters

Coastal landbased fishing, inshore boat fishing and trout fishing in Tasmania generally requires only light gear.

For chasing freshwater trout and wary sea runners in clear, shallow water, a 1-3kg spin outfit is ideal. See eBay listing here.

There are many lures suitable for chasing trout, but a proven local favourite is the Tassie Devil. See eBay listing here.

Another proven favourite is the Rapala Brown Trout 3cm minnow. See eBay listing here.

Fly fishing combos, complete with rod, reel, tapered leaders, flyline and flies, are available in various sizes. A 3-weight is OK for small rivers while a 6-weight is better for lakes. See eBay listing here.

Combos can offer good value but it may be wise to purchase some tapered leaders from a dedicated line brand such as Maxima, as high quality is important when you are fishing with very light line. See eBay listing here.

It may also be wise to buy an assortment of flies separately that are best suited to Tasmanian fishing.

A 3-6kg spin outfit is popular for general estuary and light boat fishing in Tasmania. See eBay listing here.

The above light outfit can be used on shallow, low-energy beaches to catch cocky salmon and yelloweye mullet, but a dedicated light surf rod is better for this purpose.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf salmon and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Small metal slice lures work well on Tasmnania's salmon, silver trevally, flathead and barracoutta. See eBay listing here.

Use larger metal slice lures on high-energy beaches where big salmon are expected.

Soft plastic grubs work well on bream, cocky salmon, escaped Atalantic salmon and freshwater redfin and trout. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Squid jigs are an essential item in Tasmania, as calamari and arrow squid are usually abundant in the warmer months and readily available from jetties. Baited jigs also work well. Standard lure jigs such as these work well ... see eBay listing here.

The secret for successful squid fishing is to fish dusk, darkness and dawn, when the water is clear. Summer is usually best.

Floats are useful for suspending a bait, and work well when fishing for some Tasmanian species. The polystyrene floats in the following listing are slid onto the line and a stopper is placed above the float to set the depth fished. See eBay listing here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. See eBay listing here.

Hooks in mixed sizes are needed. Suggest 4# to #8 for whiting, mullet and snotties, 10# to #12 for garfish, 1/0 for bream, and 4/0 for salmon and flathead. See eBay listing here.

Flounder spearing is popular in Tasmania. A submerged light is generally used to find the fish, see eBay listing here.

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Western lakes trout fishing

Trout fishing in Tasmania

Penstock Lagoon, Tasmania

Tasmanian fishing regulations
Tasmanian marine reserves
Tasmanian saltwater fishing seasons
Trout fishing spot access programs
Fisheries assessment reports
Buy a freshwater fishing licence
Tasmanian lake levels (hydro)
Tasmanian lake levels (govt)
Tasmanian lake webcams
Tasmanian river flows
Bag and size limits
Private Tasmanian trout fisheries
Return to the Tasmanian Fishing Map

Penstock Lagoon is a special highland fishery that has stable water levels which allow aquatic life to flourish.

Penstock was built in 1916 as a water storage for the since closed Waddamana power station.

Today the storage is managed as a fishery.

Water levels are usually highest in spring but do not change much through the year.

Penstock has varied habitat, from marshes to rocky shorelines.

Most of the waterway is shallow, around a metre deep, with some timber and rocks.

Fishing is by fly only.

There are no reliable spawning rivers feeding the lagoon so there is little natural recruitment of trout.

This fishery relies on regular stocking, and both brown and rainbow trout are released.

There is a bag limit of two fish and the open season is usually from around August to May.

Penstock is one of the most consistent mayfly waters in the highlands.

Large hatches occur, with duns appearing from November to March. Overcast days are best, and hatches usually peak from about 11am to early afternoon.

Spinners occur at Penstock, with fish feeding on them along the edges of marsh and sometimes well into the lagoon. Calm afternoons are best for spinners.

The small caenid mayfly hatches early, from before dawn to sun-up, from about November to February.

Penstock has plenty of terrestrial insects like gum beetles and jassids that interest trout at times, usually in summer.

The western shore’s marsh sees brown trout in the shallows early, with an evening session also possible.

Springs sees fish chasing frogs in the marsh, with tadpole and nymphs bringing the fish on to December.

Blind casting the rocky shores works when trout are chasing baitfish.

Drifting the lagoon with wet flies also works, but it is the prospect of enjoying the visual styles of fishing that many Penstock anglers enjoy.

The lagoon has a healthy native fish population, with climbing galaxias, spotted galaxias, Great Lake paragalaxias and Shannon paragalaxias present.

Eels are also in the lagoon.

There are two designated camping areas and a boat ramp on the western shore. The maximum period for camping is 14 days.

As the lagoon has an average depth of only a metre a designated 50m wide corridor for petrol-powered boats has been created.

This corridor runs from boating channel at the ramp end of the lagoon to Crisps Point on the east side, down the centre of the lagoon towards Lily Pond at the southern end.

Boats traversing the lagoon must be in the corridor, which is marked by white buoys in the lagoon.

Boating outside of the corridor should be by electric outboard or rowing.

A 5 knot speed limit applies throughout.

Penstock Lagoon’s numbers 1 and 2 canals above two white posts on opposite banks of those canals are closed to fishing.

Fishing from a boat within 100m of a shore angler is prohibited unless the boat is moored.

Freezing conditions can occur quickly, carrying suitable warm weather gear is a must.

Penstock is a unique fishery that is well worth a visit if you are fly fishing tragic.

Please email any updates or corrections to fishfindermaps2@gmail.com

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Fishing gear for Tasmanian waters

Coastal landbased fishing, inshore boat fishing and trout fishing in Tasmania generally requires only light gear.

For chasing freshwater trout and wary sea runners in clear, shallow water, a 1-3kg spin outfit is ideal. See eBay listing here.

There are many lures suitable for chasing trout, but a proven local favourite is the Tassie Devil. See eBay listing here.

Another proven favourite is the Rapala Brown Trout 3cm minnow. See eBay listing here.

Fly fishing combos, complete with rod, reel, tapered leaders, flyline and flies, are available in various sizes. A 3-weight is OK for small rivers while a 6-weight is better for lakes. See eBay listing here.

Combos can offer good value but it may be wise to purchase some tapered leaders from a dedicated line brand such as Maxima, as high quality is important when you are fishing with very light line. See eBay listing here.

It may also be wise to buy an assortment of flies separately that are best suited to Tasmanian fishing.

A 3-6kg spin outfit is popular for general estuary and light boat fishing in Tasmania. See eBay listing here.

The above light outfit can be used on shallow, low-energy beaches to catch cocky salmon and yelloweye mullet, but a dedicated light surf rod is better for this purpose.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf salmon and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Small metal slice lures work well on Tasmnania's salmon, silver trevally, flathead and barracoutta. See eBay listing here.

Use larger metal slice lures on high-energy beaches where big salmon are expected.

Soft plastic grubs work well on bream, cocky salmon, escaped Atalantic salmon and freshwater redfin and trout. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Squid jigs are an essential item in Tasmania, as calamari and arrow squid are usually abundant in the warmer months and readily available from jetties. Baited jigs also work well. Standard lure jigs such as these work well ... see eBay listing here.

The secret for successful squid fishing is to fish dusk, darkness and dawn, when the water is clear. Summer is usually best.

Floats are useful for suspending a bait, and work well when fishing for some Tasmanian species. The polystyrene floats in the following listing are slid onto the line and a stopper is placed above the float to set the depth fished. See eBay listing here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. See eBay listing here.

Hooks in mixed sizes are needed. Suggest 4# to #8 for whiting, mullet and snotties, 10# to #12 for garfish, 1/0 for bream, and 4/0 for salmon and flathead. See eBay listing here.

Flounder spearing is popular in Tasmania. A submerged light is generally used to find the fish, see eBay listing here.

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Some external videos featuring Penstock Lagoon are featured below.

Penstock Lagoon fishing

Penstock Lagoon fishing

Penstock Lagoon fishing

Penstock Lagoon campground

Penstock Lagoon snow weather

Mary River, Queensland

Maryborough tides
River Heads tides
QLD fishing regulations
QLD marine parks
GBRMPA marine parks
QLD stocked waters
QLD dam levels
Return to Qld Fishing Map

Queensland’s Mary River marks the barramundi’s southern limit on the East Coast, with regular catches in the river and occasional fish from the labyrinth of channels, flats and tidal creeks that make up the Great Sandy Strait into which the river flows.

The 290km river begins at Booroobin in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. It flows through the towns of Kenilworth, Gympie, Tiaro and Maryborough before emptying into the sea at River Head on the Great Sandy Strait, between the mainland and Fraser Island, 17km south of Hervey Bay township.

The river has 19 tributaries, including Tinana Creek, Munna Creek, Obi Obi Creek, Yabba Creek, Wide Bay Creek, Six Mile Creek, Deep Creek, and Susan River.

There are two impoundments on the river, being Gympie weir and the Mungar barrage, with several dams on tributaries, being Borumba Dam on Yabba Creek, Baroon Pocket Dam on Obi Obi Creek, Six Mile Creek Dam on Six Mile Creek, Cedar Pocket Dam on Deep Creek, weirs Talegalla and Teddington and a barrage on Tinana Creek.

Tidal fishing access for boaters is generally done from Beaver Rocks ramp 11km from the mouth, or River Head at the mouth, which is 35km downstream from Maryborough township.

Barramundi prefer the turbid water of the tidal river rather than the clearer waters of the adjoining Great Sandy Strait, but don’t expect the numbers of barramundi you may find in rivers further north.

There is however a real chance of catching a trophy saltwater barramundi or threadfin salmon in the Mary River.

Though barramundi are present, the main saltwater catch is whiting (summer, tin can and diver species), flathead, southern and pikey bream, tailor, blue and threadfin salmon, mangrove jacks, northern and southern jewfish, perch (which look like a small jewfish), cod, mud and blue swimmer crabs, and prawns.

There are many drying banks in the upper river and fishermen who explore on a falling tide may become landlocked in creeks or stuck on a sandbank, so explore first on a rising tide.

The river between Beaver Rocks and River Head consists of flats and channels that provide plenty of fishing opportunity.

Beaver Rocks, near the ramp at Beaver Rocks Road, is a popular area about 11km upstream of River Head, near the rivers Crab Islands. The rocks are at approx 25 29.718S 152 51.063E. There is a boat ramp 2km downstream from Beaver Rocks.

Beaver Rocks has deep water that fishes well, along with nearby flats around the Crab Islands.

A strong current flows through the channels, especially on the runout tide. Fish the turn or rising tide for best results.

Flathead are found at the mouths of small creeks and gutters, as well as over tidal flats, especially near channels.

Whiting and flathead move over the flats on incoming tides.

Jewfish, bream and cod are found in the deep holes, and tailor chase bait in the deeper areas of the estuary.

On big tides, try fishing for barramundi with lures or livebait at the mouths of the larger draining mud gutters.

Barramundi should be targeted in warm weather. Being large fish with a distinctive shape, barramundi can be located with diligent use of a good sonar unit.

Prawns are best from around January.

Further upstream, a rocky area to watch for is Leslie Rocks at approx 25 30.596S 152 45.928E. More foul ground exists upstream towards Dundathu at approx 25 28.814S 152 44.677E. Look for warning and channel markers.

Mary River freshwater fishing

Good freshwater fishing can be had on the Mary River freshwater right up to around Gympie.

Bass are stocked in the freshwater section of the Mary River, and sooty grunter and saratoga are also caught. Mary River cod are present.

Associated impoundments Lake Borumba and Baroon Pocket dams produce loads of bass. Borumba has bass, Mary River cod and saratoga.

Access points to the Mary River around Gympie include the kayak run from Kidd Bridge to Widgee Crossing. Normanby Bridge to Kidd Bridge or Fisherman’s Pocket is arguably best for fishing.

Also try the river near Six Mile Creek.

Freshwater barramundi can be caught at Lake Lenthall, on the headwaters of the Burrum River just to the north.

Note that the Mary River has saltwater crocodiles throughout.

Also note that Australia’s Northern Territory also has a Mary River, a famous barramundi fishing area.

Outside the Mary River mouth, the Great Sandy Strait includes a vast labyrinth of drying areas and channels with great fishing for whiting, flathead, bream and more.

The channel should be navigated on a rising tide with plenty of spare fuel. Channels are marked through the strait.

Reef fish are caught around most deep lumps and bumps, with the flats and associated channel edges providing mostly flathead, whiting and bream.

Nearby, the east side of Fraser Island is famous for its annual tailor run, with sharks and jewfish also taken.

Hervey Bay’s long Urangan Pier is a very popular landbased spot that produces big fish.

Occasional bonefish and permit occur in this area, with bonefish sometimes caught in deep water off Fraser island’s Rooney Point, but golden trevally and queenfish are the more likely catch for those chasing sportfish in the shallows.

Slatey bream (blackall), pink snapper, coral trout, cod and sweetlip are caught on local reefs.

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Fishing gear for Queensland's tropical waters

Much tropical estuary and river fishing involves casting and trolling lures around snags, where a lure desnagger soon pays for itself. The simplest type is dropped on a cord ... see eBay link here.

Or for a true blue Aussie lure desnagger, try this one ... eBay link here.

When targeting barramundi and other large tropical estuary fish a baitcaster combo is the best option. The small overhead reels on these combos allow thumb control when casting, making lure placement easy. However practise is required to cast these reels and they do not cast tiny lures easily. A baitcaster combo loaded with 10kg braid will handle most barramundi and threadfin salmon, with 15kg line better for large dam fish among timber and when trolling big rivers. See a suitable baitcaster listing on eBay here. The listed rod-reel combo can be used for trolling and casting.

Single-handed baitcaster rods are an option for day-long casting sessions, these combos are missing the rod butt's lower section. DO NOT buy a low-quality baitcaster reel as they can be awful to use - if on a tight budget buy a spinning reel instead.

A 6kg spin outfit (eggbeater type reel) is fine for much tropical Queensland estuary and freshwater fishing. Lighter outfits aren't recommended as you may hook big fish in tropical waters. A 6-10kg rod-reel combo is needed for barramundi and threadfin salmon and this can also be used to cast lures to pelagic fish such as mackerel and tuna. A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for whiting, bream and flathead. See eBay listing here.

For boat fishing, a short, powerful rod with overhead or spinning reel loaded with 15kg braided line is ideal for general reef fishing in water to around 25m deep, and can also be used to troll for pelagic fish. See eBay listing here.

Heavier outfits are recommended for deeper water, always using braided line as its thin diameter is less affected by currents.

Soft plastic grubs and shads are good all-round lures for a range of tropical Queensland saltwater and freshwater estuary species. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Bibbed hardbody minnows by quality brands such as Reidys and Classic are generally used for barramundi fishing. Barramundi are strong fish that tear apart the split rings and hooks on cheaply made lures, so buy wisely. Tropical tackle shops are well stocked with these lures.

Squid jigs are useful in tropical Queensland waters. See eBay listing here.

Snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for boat fishing. Heavy leads are needed in deep water because of ocean currents.

For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. Listing on eBay here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for flathead, 11/0 for barramundi, jewfish and reef fish. Listing on eBay here.

Ganged hooks (joined chains of hooks) are used when fishing pilchard or sauri baits for mackerel. Listing on eBay here.

Lastly, Queensland tropical waters have saltwater crocodiles, stonefish, box jellyfish, irukandji jellyfish and ever-present sharks. These can all show up where you don't expect them, including in the shallows around boat ramps and beaches next to tourist resorts. Don't take risks.

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Different open seasons apply to trout fishing waters around Tasmania.

Happily, some Tasmanian waters are open to year-round trout fishing, these waters generally have an abundance of trout, or are waters that likely will not be adversely impacted by all-year fishing.

Brown trout waters are usually open from the first Saturday of August to the Sunday nearest April 30.

Rainbow trout waters close later to reflect the species’ different spawning period, with the rainbow season usually from the Saturday nearest October 1 to the Sunday nearest May 31.

Tasmania also has dedicated brook trout waters, such as Clarence Lagoon and Lake Plimsoll. These are usually open during the brown trout season, but have a more restricted bag limit.

Waters open all year are:

*Brushy Lagoon.
*Craigbourne Dam.
*yingina/Great Lake (other than Canal Bay).
*Huon River downstream from the Huonville bridge.
*Lake Barrington.
*Lake Burbury.
*Lake King William.
*Huntsman Lake.
*Meadowbank Lake.
*Lake Pedder.
*Pioneer Lake.
*River Leven downstream from Whisky Creek.
*kanamaluka/River Tamar, downstream from the Lower Charles St Bridge on the North Esk River and West Tamar Road Bridge on the South Esk River.
*River Derwent downstream from the New Norfolk Bridge.

Some Tasmanian trout waters are closed at all times. These are:

*All waters flowing into Lake Crescent excluding that section of the canal connecting lakes Crescent and Sorell below Interlaken Road (C527).
*Dogs Head Creek, Silver Plains Creek and Mountain Creek flowing into Lake Sorell and for a radius of 50 m below where that water flows into Lake Sorell.
*Curries River Reservoir, within a 400 m radius of the dam intake structure.
*Lake Fenton and tributaries.
*Waters flowing into yingina/Great Lake, Lake Leake, Arthurs Lake and Dee Lagoon.
*Waters within a radius of 50m below where that water flows into yingina/Great Lake, Lake Leake, Arthurs Lake and Dee Lagoon.
*Penstock Lagoon Numbers 1 and 2 canals above two white posts on opposite banks of those canals.
*Brushy Rivulet, flowing into Brushy Lagoon.
*Waters flowing into Talbots Lagoon.
*McPartlans Canal between lakes Pedder and Gordon.
*Craigbourne Dam, from the dam wall and associated infrastructure.
*All ponds, raceways and fish culture ponds operated by the IFS, the exception being Plenty River adjacent to the Salmon Ponds which is reserved for anglers with a disability.
*Within 100m of a fish trap maintained by the IFS.

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Fishing gear for Tasmanian waters

Coastal landbased fishing, inshore boat fishing and trout fishing in Tasmania generally requires only light gear.

For chasing freshwater trout and wary sea runners in clear, shallow water, a 1-3kg spin outfit is ideal. See eBay listing here.

There are many lures suitable for chasing trout, but a proven local favourite is the Tassie Devil. See eBay listing here.

Another proven favourite is the Rapala Brown Trout 3cm minnow. See eBay listing here.

Fly fishing combos, complete with rod, reel, tapered leaders, flyline and flies, are available in various sizes. A 3-weight is OK for small rivers while a 6-weight is better for lakes. See eBay listing here.

Combos can offer good value but it may be wise to purchase some tapered leaders from a dedicated line brand such as Maxima, as high quality is important when you are fishing with very light line. See eBay listing here.

It may also be wise to buy an assortment of flies separately that are best suited to Tasmanian fishing.

A 3-6kg spin outfit is popular for general estuary and light boat fishing in Tasmania. See eBay listing here.

The above light outfit can be used on shallow, low-energy beaches to catch cocky salmon and yelloweye mullet, but a dedicated light surf rod is better for this purpose.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf salmon and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Small metal slice lures work well on Tasmnania's salmon, silver trevally, flathead and barracoutta. See eBay listing here.

Use larger metal slice lures on high-energy beaches where big salmon are expected.

Soft plastic grubs work well on bream, cocky salmon, escaped Atalantic salmon and freshwater redfin and trout. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Squid jigs are an essential item in Tasmania, as calamari and arrow squid are usually abundant in the warmer months and readily available from jetties. Baited jigs also work well. Standard lure jigs such as these work well ... see eBay listing here.

The secret for successful squid fishing is to fish dusk, darkness and dawn, when the water is clear. Summer is usually best.

Floats are useful for suspending a bait, and work well when fishing for some Tasmanian species. The polystyrene floats in the following listing are slid onto the line and a stopper is placed above the float to set the depth fished. See eBay listing here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. See eBay listing here.

Hooks in mixed sizes are needed. Suggest 4# to #8 for whiting, mullet and snotties, 10# to #12 for garfish, 1/0 for bream, and 4/0 for salmon and flathead. See eBay listing here.

Flounder spearing is popular in Tasmania. A submerged light is generally used to find the fish, see eBay listing here.

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