6 REASONS TO GO FISHING AT LAKE MACQUARIE
Lake Macquarie and its inland waterways may be known for its fishing grounds, but the New South Wales system has so much more to offer. Just two hours outside Sydney and half an hour from Newcastle, Lake Macquarie is perfect for a weekend getaway.
YOU’LL NEVER GET BORED
Although the Murray Cod are what attracts most fishos to Lake Macquarie, there is also a strong population of European Carp. The terrain also offers plenty of fishing situations, from rocky structure to snaggy pools, and woody structure downstream, which turns into sandy pools with plenty of weeds; perfect carp habitat. There is no shortage of good fishing on the Macquarie, meaning there is something for everyone.
YOU CAN BRING THE FAMILY
Part of the reason I like Macquarie is I know that I will be left to my own devices and get plenty of fishing time in. Speers Point Variety Playground was voted the ‘Best Play Space in Australia’ back in 2011. When the kids are happy, everyone is happy, leaving you to sneak off and fish for an afternoon without disturbance.
IT IS ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO CATCH MONSTER MURRAYS
The Murray Cod population in Macquarie is thriving thanks to a successful restocking scheme and habitat improvements in recent years. This means the Macquarie system is harbouring some pretty big beasts. It has the perfect conditions. Some bends in the river offer deeper water and the current is strong enough to push small bait fish around. Target the area behind rocks and structure where a whopper Murray Cod could be lurking for prey.
IT IS A GREAT PLACE TO TRY KAYAK FISHING
The Macquarie is best explored by kayak. With so many nooks and crannies harbouring fish, getting your own mode of transport and exploring the whole system is a great way to pass a weekend. This was where I first fell in love with kayak fishing, getting off the beaten track, methodically investigating every piece of structure, and perfecting my cast at structure from a yak. It is fairly safe to assume that every bit of structure is harbouring cod in this system. So targeting the same place 15 or 20 times should tease them into a strike.
The lively town is awesome for tasty food, outstanding sunsets, and lakeside picnics.
YOU’LL CATCH YELLOWBELLY
If you switch your big cod-attracting lures for shrimp or fly patterns, you’ll find Golden Perch are suddenly everywhere. The first time I fished the Macquarie waterways, I didn’t think Yellowbellies were there at all. I spent my time throwing larger lures out for cod and wasn’t getting as a by-catch. But in the Macquarie, Golden Perch are a mid-level predator and don’t take the larger lures. As soon as I changed my lures for live shrimp, I was pulling them in left right and centre. Yellowbellies are definitely there, particularly in the summer months when their prey is plentiful.
With Macquarie Lake and its inland waterways a mere skip and a jump from Sydney, you have no excuse not to make the Macquarie your next fishing trip destination. Get into kayak fishing, explore the lakeside towns, or hit the trails and waterways on the inland river system in search of a monster fish. The Macquarie is one fisho’s paradise I like to return to again and again.
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