THE BEST FISHING SPOTS OF THE GIPPSLAND LAKES
The Gippsland Lakes region of Victoria offers some of the richest fishing in all of Australia. Fishos flock here to catch Salmon, Snapper, Trevally, Jewies, Tailor, Whiting, Bream, Trout, Redfin, and Flatties. You can literally wake up, pick a target species, grab your bag, and head out to catch that species. It is only one of few places in all of Australia that offer anglers that luxury of choice.
Seaspray is a fishos paradise because it is the site where Merryman’s Creek meets the ocean. This means you can fish the surf in the early morning, smashing the Salmon, and Snapper, then move to the creek in the afternoon to hook the Bream. In the summer, fishos flock to Seaspray, and you might have to fight for a place on the beach. But for the best results, head here in the Winter, and capitalise on the abundance of Salmon, Snapper, Trevally, Jewies, Tailor and Whiting.
Like Seaspray, Loch Sport provides fishos with access to the 90-Mile Beach for abundant surf species, and the Gippsland Lakes themselves where you can find inland species. If you are travelling with a boat, you have a ramp at Loch Sport and a jetty which provides some structure from the shore. In this respect, it offers a little more variety than Seaspray.
BLUE ROCK LAKE
Blue Rock is known for its Brown Trout and Redfin. The lake is ideal for fly fishos, as it has ample locations to shore fish and yields some pretty big Brown Trout. Choose a cloudy day and you’ll find the fish biting.
Bait fishos rejoice. If you like getting worms on a hook, head to Lake Narracan and run a rig as the sun comes up to get the Carp on your hook. This is also a great spot for all the family, the Carp are always hungry and you should get plenty of action to keep the kids interested.
A great site for camping trips, Glenmaggie is well-stocked with Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Bass. There are therefore ample opportunities to dabble in the fly applications, as well as soft plastics, spinners, and hard-bodied lures.
A favourite among local Bream fishos, the structures of Holland’s Landing protect Bream which will smash peeled prawns in the dawn or dusk light.
Paynesville is best explored by boat. From here you can access the inland canals, or head out towards the ocean for estuary and surf species including Tailor and Mullet.
Aside from Bream, the holes of Metung are full of Snapper, Flatties and Tailor. Depending on how you like to fish you can take any of these. Drop plastics into holes for Snapper, troll your rig to land Tailor, and use metal blades to get Flatties.
The three rivers of Mitchell River, Nicholson River, and Tambo River flow into Lake King, making it a free for all for River species like Flatties and Bream, but its waters also yield Jewies, Snapper, Whiting, Garfish, Trevally and Mullet.
And finally, my ultimate happy place, Wattle Point. Away from the crowds, the jetty at Wattle Point is west of Paynesville but doesn’t get the same level of visitors. The waters are full of Bream and Flatties, and they will take anything from soft plastics to live baits. Wattle Point is unassuming and that is why I love it. Simple fishing, great action, and peace and tranquillity.
The Gippsland Lakes and their fruitful waterways remind me why I got into the sport of fishing every time I am there. I got into it to enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets, to catch plenty of fish, and get away from the hustle and bustle of life. Gippsland provides all of these and more and should be on every fishos radar.
Do you have a favourite spot on the Gippsland Lakes? Let us know about it in the comments below.