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Murray River, South Australia

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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By former Murray River fisheries officer TREVOR SIMMONDS

The South Australian section of the River Murray has been a place of habitat, worship, hunting and gathering since before recorded time.

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

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

The middle of the river is basically a desert.

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

Take your rod to the front of the houseboat, which should be 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 you have to let out another 1-3 metres of line.

What you have now found is a drop-off that is used by fish.

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

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

Look for snags or fallen rocks.

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

Fish snags in deep water with deep-diving lures.

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

The state has become reliant on Murray water, and decision-makers have allowed many changes to the river.

The initiatives have left a lot to be desired from a habitat perspective, and some of the problems created will never be rectified.

Some of the man-made changes that are significant include:

1. Locks and weirs
2. European carp
3. Redfin perch
4. Gambusia (locally called a guppy or mosquito fish)
5. English willow
6. Agriculture (irrigation)
7. Desnagging the river for vessel traffic
8. Domestic water use
9. Commercial and amateur fishing pressure

Many fishermen will be surprised to learn that on average 80 per cent of water was historically taken from the river.

Also, because of the six locks located along the South Australian section of the river, man has created six pools of water and eliminated the previously free-flowing river.

Free-flowing water is important to native fish as it acts as a trigger mechanism to induce spawning.

This is important in flood seasons as the native fish use the floodplain to lay eggs and the flooded plains provide the much needed predator protection and food sources for juvenile fish.

Negatives aside, the Murray River is still one of my favourite fishing destinations.

What other place can you sit on the river bank, catch your bait in the same place as your fish, and observe the wildlife.

I recommend the associated creek systems, where you can watch spoonbills catch yabbies and then fly up to their nest and feed their young. All this while kangaroos, cockatoos and other wildlife come down to the river to drink.

Murray River species

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

This was once the dominant species in the river, but not long after white settlement fishermen started expressing concern about the quantity of cod in South Australia.

There was a marked decrease in the number of small cod between the 1kg to 10kg range, although cod in from 10kg to 30kg were relatively plentiful, with some magnificent specimens of 40kg to 50kg.

Fortunately, due to a well structured fisheries management plan, the number of smaller cod has since 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 once 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.

European carp must be killed when caught.

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

They are mainly caught below Mannum and in Lake Alexandrina.

It is illegal to return redfin to the water.

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

The tench (Tinca tinca) takes baits in quiet backwater areas and fights quite well.

The tiny mosquito fish is usually caught in shrimp traps.

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

Explore Renmark accommodation

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. Although this area can produce a good catch of callop, the 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 historic town of Mannum is a tourist mecca, however for the angler callop catches are not as plentiful as upstream. The many 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 catch of callop and redfin. Willow trees are again a problem.

17. Tailem Bend, Wellington- great launching facilities. Wellington is the gate way to Lake Alexandrina. Murray Bridge is the largest river town in South Australia. Willow trees line the banks, therefore bank fishing is restricted. Occasionally anglers achieve good catches of redfin perch, with the occasional callop, small carp are plentiful. Almost all fish species from Murray Bridge downstream to the lakes have a yellow tinge of colouring and the red on a redfin perch can at times appear almost non existent. Carp are readily caught, so there is always a chance for the family to have some good fishing fun. This area has great launching facilities, and is a good houseboat trip.

18. Meningie – the heart of the Coorong on Lake Albert. Good launching facilities. Tailem Bend and Wellington have good launching facilities. Again, willows are a problem for the angler although for the houseboat fisherman this area has beautiful scenery with the occasional good catch of redfin and callop. Wellington is the last river town before we reach the lake system, so travelling downstream opens a new world for the angler.

Murray River National Park is located within a good fishing region.
Murray River National Park is located within a good fishing region
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South Para Reservoir, South Australia

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South Para is South Australia’s second largest reservoir.

It is located near Williamstown, in the southern Barossa Valley, 3km west of the smaller Warren Reservoir.

South Para dam was built in 1958.

The impoundment is stocked with native fish – murray cod, golden perch and silver perch.

There are several walking trails, two picnic spots, and toilets.

Kayaking/canoeing and shore fishing is permitted.

Water levels usually get low in summer, requiring portage to get canoes to the water.

A South Para Reservoir map is here.

A South Para Reservoir walking and canoeing info sheet is here.

A South Para Reservoir/Warren Reservoir map is here.


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South Para Reservoir drone footage

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Perth fishing seasons

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Garfish – best in winter.
Herring – Summer sees huge schools. Use berley and small hooks. They bite day and night.
Mackerel – when the water wide of Perth reaches 22C the spanish mackerel may show, usually after Christmas. West End is a good spot. Watch for reports from up the coast as the fish move south.
Bonito – abundant in season. Can be caught land-based at North Mole, Woodman Point and Trigg. Summer, autumn.
Dhufish – usually caught around deeper reefs, but some are caught on shallow reefs and even from shore.
Flathead – usually run into the Swan River about December.
Mahi mahi – WA’s offshore FADs have small fish in early summer, with bigger fish coming later.
Mulloway – best in the Swan in early summer. Try Mosmans and the Narrows, and Scarborough and Mandurah beaches.
Pink snapper – widely available on reefy ground. Be aware of snapper restrictions in Cockburn Sound. Can be caught from many rock groynes during winter storms.
Salmon – autumn and winter.
Samson – from December until March, best in March. Schools of big fish show up. Wrecks are best.
Skippy – winter for bigger fish.
Tailor – all year.
Yellowfin tuna – summer.
Whiting – for large yellowfin whiting, try fishing the Swan River at night at East Fremantle and Claremont.
Squid – try Garden Island, and jetties with night lights.
Crabs – summer and autumn. Mandurah is popular, but before Christmas try deeper parts of the Swan River for bigger crabs.

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Narooma, New South Wales

Narooma tides
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Narooma's Wagonga Inlet is a highlight in this region. Picture John Lugg, NSW Govt
Narooma’s Wagonga Inlet is one of the great estuaries in this region. Picture John Lugg, NSW Govt
Moruya River mouth ... the rock walls produce big fish. Picture John Lugg, NSW Govt
Moruya River mouth … the rock walls produce big fish. Picture John Lugg, NSW Govt

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.

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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Diving the Moruya

Moruya estuary fishing

Moruya drone footage

Tuross fishing

Narooma fishing

Narooma bar crossing

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Pambula, New South Wales

Pambula tides
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NSW marine parks

Pambula Lake has excellent fishing at times. Picture John Lugg, NSW Govt
Pambula Lake has excellent fishing at times. Picture John Lugg, NSW Govt

Pambula is a holiday town with a great river, tidal lagoon, and good beach and rock fishing spots.

Pambula River produces flathead, tailor, black and yellowfin bream, luderick, trevally and whiting.

Upstream, Pambula Lake has much the same, with an emphasis on bream and whiting.

Fishing the lake shallows in summer with small surface lures is a popular method, and works on whiting, flathead and bream.

Tee Tree Point is a popular area, but boat fishos can fish any sandbanks on the high tide.

The shallows around Mangrove Island are good.

Fish the channel edges on a falling tide for flathead.

Haycock Point is a popular rock fishing location, with snapper, mulloway, kingfish, salmon and tailor, but care is required when fishing this spot.

Boaters can try Hunters Rock about 1km north of Haycock Point for kingfish.

Popular offshore fish in this area include morwong, pigfish, snapper, leatherjacks and tiger flathead, with plenty of good fish caught on grounds around the 50m mark.

Access to the sea is problematic as Pambula and nearby Merimbula require good conditions for safe crossings.

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Merimbula has a bar crossing web cam here.

For landbased fishos, Hayock Road gives access to fishing at the river mouth, the headland and Haycock Beach.

Severs Beach Access track leads to a shallow beach which drops off sharply into the channel.

Salmon, tailor and bream are caught on the beaches in winter.

When fishing within South Coast estuaries, use light leaders, as the water is usually very clear.

Fishing is often better when current flows on bigger tides, or after heavy rain, when the lower estuaries tend to fire up.

While the NSW’s southern limit for reliable mangrove jack fishing is around Coffs Harbour, these fish have turned up as far south as Eden, so you might crack one fishing any South Coast estuary, including Pambula.

Lastly, the NSW South Coast is not far from some of the state’s best trout fisheries, such as Lake Eucumbene and Jindabyne, giving fishos plenty of options.


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Pambula fishing

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Pambula drone footage

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Bermagui, New South Wales

Bermagui tides
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NSW marine parks

Bermagui has a relatively safe sea entrance. Picture John Lugg, NSW Govt
Bermagui has one of the better sea entrances on the NSW south coast. Picture John Lugg, NSW Govt
Wallaga Lake is just north of Bermagui. Picture John Lugg, NSW Govt
Wallaga Lake is just north of Bermagui. Picture John Lugg, NSW Govt

Bermagui is popular with trailerboaters because it has one of the better NSW sea entrances, and the Continental Shelf is only 22km out.

Everything from flathead to broadbill swordfish can be caught.

When rain opens local lake entrances to sea for extended periods, there is fish recruitment and estuary fishing improves greatly.

The bluewater produces good runs of kingfish.

Seasonal timing is the key to fishing.

For snapper it is May, for marlin it is all year but best Dec-June (peak Feb-Mar), yellowfin tuna are Nov-Aug (peak April-June), and kingfish are all year, but best in April.

Offshore fishing also depends on water temperature and prevailing currents.

Recent seasons have been exceptional for striped marlin and bluefin tuna.

Bermagui River is shallow but has luderick, flathead, flounder, bream and mullet. Try midstream east of bridge. Use nippers or worms on early rising tide.

There are offshore reefs at various depths. The 4-Mile is east of Bermagui at 60m, the 6-Mile is south-east in 65m and the 12-Mile is further south-east at 120m.

Brothers Reef is south in 50m and south of Bermagui there is shallow reef off Goalen Head.

Reef fish include snapper, morwong, cod, wrasse, sharks, gurnard, mackerel, coutta and kingfish.

The 12-Mile Reef has trumpeter in summer.

Flathead are caught all year over sand to 120m deep, with prime grounds east of Mount Dromadery, between 28m to 40m.

Other areas are Camel Rock in 40m, inside 4-Mile Reef at 50m, Beares Beach in 18m and Cuttagee Beach in 25m.

Near Bermagui, Mystery Bay is a quieter location and is only 7km from Montague Island, and adjacent to Lake Corunna.

Mystery Bay’s inshore reefs have morwong, snapper, flathead and kingfish, with rock and beach fishing for salmon, tailor, mulloway and kingfish.

Mystery Bay launch site is basic but holds up in average conditions.

Bass and estuary perch are available 30km west of Bermagui in Brogo Dam, which fishes best in summer and has an annual competition.

Bermagui GPS Marks
Bermagui Canyon – gamefish
36 17.175S 150 24.152E
The Kink – gamefish
36 18.000S 150 19.000E
Tilba Cemetery – flathead
36 20.832S 150 07.198E
4-Mile Reef
36 24.000S 150 08.400E
6-Mile Reef
36 24.440S 150 10.000E
12-Mile Reef
36 27.000S 150 15.000E


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iFish chases Bermagui marlin

ET hits Bermagui

Bermagui bluefin tuna

Bermagui drone footage

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Shoalhaven Offshore Artificial Reef, New South Wales

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Shoalhaven offshore artificial reef
This diagram shows the layout of Shoalhaven Offshore Artificial Reef

Shoalhaven Offshore Artificial Reef is 4.3km north-east of the Shoalhaven River entrance, in 33m of water.

It was installed in January 2015.

The reef consists of 20 concrete modules deployed in five clusters, with five modules per cluster.

The site produces mainly kingfish, tailor, trevally, snapper, morwong, salmon and mulloway.

Shoalhaven Offshore Artificial Reef GPS

Central mark in WGS84
34 50.955S 150 47.731E


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Shoalhaven offshore reef construction

Shoalhaven offshore reef

Shoalhaven offshore reef

Shoalhaven offshore reef

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Merimbula Offshore Artificial Reef, New South Wales

Merimbula tides
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Merimbula Offshore Artificial Reef is 2.5km south-east of Merimbula Lake entrance, in 32m of water.

It was deployed in September 2018.

The reef consists of two steel pinnacle reef towers that are each 7.8m wide by 10.9m deep by 6.4m high.

Each has a central vertical tower of 12m.

Fish caught at the reef include kingfish, snapper, morwong, trevally, nannygai, gummy shark, tailor, leatherjackets, yakkas and salmon.

They can be caught casting, trolling, jigging or drifting baits.

Merimbula Offshore Reef GPS

36.54.826S 149.56.245E
36.54.870S 149.56.265E


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erimbula Offshore Artificial reef construction

erimbula Offshore Artificial reef under water

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Merimbula, New South Wales

Merimbula tides
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Merimbula Lake. Picture John Lugg, NSW Govt
Merimbula Lake. Picture John Lugg, NSW Govt
Bega River. Picture John Lugg, NSW Govt
Bega River. Picture John Lugg, NSW Govt
Wallagoot Lake. Picture John Lugg, NSW Govt
Wallagoot Lake. Picture John Lugg, NSW Govt

Merimbula has one of the best fishing wharves in southern New South Wales, with multiple large kingfish caught at times.

There are many inshore reefs, and the Continental Shelf is just 37km offshore.

Coastal reefs have snapper, morwong, kingfish, gummy shark, cod, flathead, leatherjackets, tailor, barracoutta and salmon.

Warm currents of summer bring yellowfin tuna, albacore and striped tuna; blue, black and striped marlin, broadbill swordfish and mako and tiger sharks.

Popular spots are the 40 Fathom Reef, about 15km out from Merimbula, and the 70 Fathom Reef, at 28km. Deeper reefs have trumpeter, morwong, leatherjackets, tiger flathead, deep sea perch, and nannygai.

The best estuaries in this region are Nelson Lagoon, Bega River, Wallagoot Lake, Merimbula Lake and Pambula Lake.

Estuary perch and bass are caught.

During flooding, mulloway are at Bega River mouth, and other estuary outlets. There is landbased fishing off a walking track between Turingal Head and Kianinny Bay, with some of the best rock spots on the East Coast.

An artificial reef was built in Merimbula Lake in 2009, and an offshore reef installed in 2018. In recent years striped marlin have been abundant in season, but pink snapper have been harder to find on the reefs.

Kingfish are usually best from October to June.

Tailor are best from March to November.

Mulloway are at the estuary mouths during and after floods.

Merimbula is busy during holiday periods.

The bar crossing requires great care. Educate yourself about bar crossings here).

Merimbula bar crossing has a web cam here.


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Some external videos filmed around Merimbula are featured below.

Merimbula wharf kingfish

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