Lakes Entrance

View at Lakes Entrance, Steve Cooper

Lakes Entrance is an ideal base for anglers wanting to fish the region. Facilities are excellent and it is within easy reach of places like the Tambo River and Lake Tyers. The township is situated along Cunninghame Arm.

The town jetties in the Cunninghame Arm, across the esplanade from the waterfront shops, are always popular. The fishing is consistent, helped no doubt by the shellfish and fish pieces falling over the side from the commercial fishing boats that berth here. The result is a wonderful berley trail that attracts a mixed bag of species including silver trevally, Australian salmon, tailor, yelloweye mullet, bream and luderick. Bream to 2 kg and dusky flathead can be caught from the footbridge that gives access to the Ninety Mile Beach. Surf anglers can expect to catch Australian salmon, gummy shark, school shark, yelloweye mullet and flathead.

As you enter Lakes Entrance from Melbourne, you cross over the main highway bridge spanning the North Arm. This is a popular fishing hole. While all of the aforementioned species can be caught, the prize is some big resident bream that always seem to be here frustrating anglers. The North Arm is a regular producer of whiting, yelloweye mullet, flathead and garfish.

Bullock Island is one of the most popular fishing spots, where bream, luderick, flathead and garfish can be caught. The rock wall and jetty on Bullock Island is another popular area. Mulloway are sometimes caught in the channel between Bullock and Rigby Islands, and in The Narrows between Rigby Island and the mainland.

The South Channel on the southern side of Flannagan Island offers open water for drift fishing. The Reeve Channel, on the northern side, is narrower but a better option, producing good catches of flathead, luderick, whiting and bream. Nearby, Nungurner features regularly in fishing reports from the area, particularly for whiting, flathead and mullet.

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