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Bream at Lake Tyers

Fishing Tips from No Fuss Guss 

Guss knows the local conditions
and has skippered many fishing parties
 on the lake over the years. So here it is -

The Lake Tyers 

Fishing Report

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No Fuss Gus at Lake Tyers
2014 Archive
20th December  2014: Bream and Flathead still going well
A recent visitor and his two girls had a good couple of days out using local prawn and putting whole prawns on the hook.  Good sized Bream were taken each day and a couple of good Flathead to mix it up a bit.  There is plenty of dark tannin coloured water about from the recent heavy rains, but people have reported this has helped catches rather than hindering them. Overall the lake is clean and healthy with only a few algal patches here and there.  Fishing off the jetties on a moving tide will multiply the algae on your line.  Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

15th December  2014: Bream are active
The live Mullet have been in the news attracting both good Flathead and bigger Bream.  Bream around north of Tern Island and Mission Point, along with Flathead and Leather Jackets, all taking peeled Prawn on a slow drift. Tailor are also punishing light rigs. Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

13th December  2014: Flathead setting the mark
Rowey from Happy Hookers with 73cm FlatheadThe Flatties  around the edges of the lower lake are biting strongly.  Recently quite a few very big Flathead have been caught well over the 55cm and returned.  Some have snapped lines, and given anglers a real fight.  If you want to catch one of these monsters consider a heavier rig! The ban on not keeping Flathead over 55cm appears to be paying off to the delight of many anglers.  Hopefully this will lead to more breeding and many more smaller Flatties in the system.  Bream have also filled people's bags as well.  Don't get stuck in a rut and just use the same old rig for Bream, if the pace is slow, try other things than vibes and plastics, you may get lucky!  Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

25th November  2014: A good season ahead
Big Flathead caught by Boyd McPhee Lake TyersThe Flatties are still taking the plastic lures and the Bream are on the local prawn.  Hard to pin point the best areas as many good reports are coming in throughout the lake.  Skippies are taking baits and making a mockery of any weak rigs, so be warned.  A few optimists are attempting late night Mulloway hookups, though any success is yet to be confirmed. A bit of bias though is towards plastics with Flathead in the Toorloo Arm, say Blackfellers Arm in particular, and then Bream, on local prawn (try peeled?) around the Glasshouse, lower lake area. (Check this recent catch by the Happy Hookers as a representative haul, note the Whiting!) Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss
12th November  2014: Good catches being reported
Plenty of good reports, hard to know where to begin.  Generally anywhere, and everywhere is doing good. Plastics are working well on the Flathead as they appear to be right back in season at the moment.  Night fishing from Number 2 Jetty producing some good results, with a few Tailor also being taken in the evening.  A steady stream of boats to and from the lake indicate that results  are good. The spring time weed continues to pose a few small problems but good casting and retrieving gets over it.  The lake is still strongly tidal and will probably stay that way until late December.  At high tide there are some good places for kayaks around the Mud islands's sandbanks to exploit.  Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

28th October  2014: The opening is producing variety of catch
Fishing the banks around the main lake on soft plastics. Plenty of quality Flathead from 40cm up to 82cm!  Up the lake towards the Trident, Flatties, good Bream, small Pinky Snapper, and a Whiting! Nowa Nowa arm before Devil's hole Flatties, Bream, ~3lb Snapper (not really a Pinky!!) and Tailor.  Flatties around Fern Bay, and good size bream.  Check the start of incoming tide.  Pilchard and peeled prawn were the best baits and plastics for Flathead. Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

23rd October  2014: The opening is producing variety of catch
Local prawn half peeled and on a relaxed line is taking good Bream around Blackfellows Arm, Fern Bay and around Long Point.  Dusk appears the best time to try with a variety of fish on offer, beginning with the usual suspects, Bream and Flathead, but also Leather Jackets and Tailor.  Mulloway and Whiting have also been taken in isolated cases, however the challenge is, they are there!  The Lake continues to be open and strongly tidal in the lower reaches.  The seasonal spring algae (the green good stuff) is taking off and will start to pose a challenge to anglers.  Tip: if just rebaiting, high rod tip, retrieve quickly and come in across the top, if you have a big one hooked, then good luck!  Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

13th October  2014: Things are looking up
 I had an excellent catch of 5 Bream (longest 37cm) were taken in the Glass House region near a channel dropoff that headed towards the opening. I was on the Party Boat (on a maintenance test run) with local Prawn from the LTB Shop on Sunday morning. The fish were caught quickly in succession and then everything went quiet.  Another local went out with his son, and his son out-fished him with a similar bag of fish last week (again Prawns for bait).  These were taken around Long Point and and Mill Point.  It would seem that generally the spring to summer trend of improving fishing is taking on.  Don't forget to look up the Tavern Fishing Comp 28/29th November there are excellent prizes.  Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

2nd October 2014: Very patchy, but a couple of highlights
Some good bream catches have been reported with local prawn and occasionally lures.  A few boats seem to find patches of good fish, and yet others struggle. Recent visitors, Brian and his mates from Oakley, at The Holiday Retreat using blue bait and prawn sourced at the local shop, got a really good haul of Golden Bream (along with Salmon and Trevally), mainly around the Toorloo Arm lower reaches.  Well done lads.

Highlight #1: Local lad landed a 90+cm Flathead in upper reaches of Toorloo Arm on plastic lures.  Biggest catch recently heard of.  Highlight #2: local bloke using a 2.0 hook lands smallest Flathead seen for a long while.  Needless to add, but both were returned un-harmed to the lake! Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

14th September 2014: Good catches possible

Bream at Lake TyersAfter watching at least 6 boats returning to the ramp, and not one fish rushed to the cleaning table, it looked like it was really hard going. However, then two boats came in, and while they were a team effort, the little boat did the heavy lifting fishing wise. We have been hoping for a turn around after the disuption of the opening- this maybe the start.

These Bream (most around the 31-35cm) were taken in the lower part of the lake, north of the mud islands, on slack lines, and "old" prawns. The two guys did well, and really broke the drought.  Other reports have come in also of Bream being active near Crystal bay, Burnt Bridge and The trident about a week ago(Happy Hookers Angling Club, Warragul).  Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

8th September 2014: Lake Tyers recovering

We would like to welcome guest tipster Daff who was out on the lake last week, and fished the lake hard and found the fish very scarce. Daff and Jimmy are locals and regularly do really well.  However, only one keeper managed after considerable time and distance covered.
Plenty of people  took advantage on Fathers day for a day out and hopefully they had better luck.  However they could not complain about the weather, it was a glorious day.  We would be expecting the lake conditions to settle into the strong tidal activity, and the fishing to pick up as the weather warms and the fish/bait stocks stabilize.  The opening does tend to "shock" the system for a few weeks, maybe only a week or two more to go, and things will improve. Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

23rd August 2014: Lake has been opened

Someone dug through the sandbar and caused the lake to open last Wed.  For those of you with long memories, tuck this away, it was heard that visitors with hard-body and plastic lures were catching plenty of Flathead up the Toorloo Arm, and local people were still able to bag out with Bream on Prawn just before the lake opened (we had just had 50-65mm of rain). Now that it has opened, it will take a while for things to settle into any pattern.  However considerable interest has been shown in what comes and goes in the lake at this early stage with plenty of fishers trying their luck at the new opening.  The opening is a broad shallow one at this stage, but tidal patterns over the next few weeks will consolidate it into a deeper channel.  Last year when it opened about the same time of year, the fishing was hard for a fortnight or so, but really took off after that.  Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

4 th August 2014: Cold mornings but beautiful weather

The fishing has been very quiet.  The boat ramp has been empty most days, and the only regular activity has been the filming of a drama movie up around Devils Hole and at the Trust.  The lake continues to be about 30-40mm of quick rain to take it out.  The sandbar is quite substantial but a bit of storm and a full moon with hight tides could be enough. Talk has it that fish head for the bar when the lake is about to open, so maybe  some lures behind the bar would be interesting? Rug up! Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

Special Announcement

We have a fun evening of fishing comp' activities and information happening on August 16, 2014 on the sandbar and at the Water Wheel Beach Tavern at Lake Tyers Beach.  3pm until late.  All funds raised to go to Melon Cottage.  Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss    For more details.....

16 July 2014: Not many but excellent quality

Johnny Jol at lake TyersWe have a local guest tipster this time, Johnny Jol: Good sized Bream (35-40cm) are taking peeled Prawn in the Toorloo Arm from Lonely Bay  up to Cherry Tree. Fish with a slack line as the fish are feeding very hestitantly and will need time to fully take a hook.  Sea Grass is plentiful and will provide resistance to retrieving a fish, much as if snagged.  Slow and careful is best and pull them through the weed.  No sinker may help present the bait better higher in the weed than pulled low by a sinker.
Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

5 July 2014 - Fish can be found

The rain appears to have had little effect as anglers reported good sized Bream taking Prawn (did not take any Sandworm!) near Long Point and Blackfellows Arm.   Other parts of the lake, such as the tempting access from the Tavern carpark have been very quiet (our coffees with egg and bacon rolls from the Store however were magnificient).  There is considerable weed being washed up and this may make choosing a spot to fish more difficult. The water has plenty of tannin in it, but otherwise in good condition. 20-40mm of rain will probably see the lake open to the sea. Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

25 June 2014 - Bream, Flathead, Pinkies and a Whiting

The recent rains have been and gone and about a fortnight after the last 60mm it took about three weeks for the fishing to have recover a bit.  Reports came on of bream, flathead, pinkies and a whiting being taken off the bank near number 2 Jetty at dusk.  Since then we have had 10-15mm of rain and may cause them to be unsettled for a little while longer.  Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

5 June 2014 - Bream becoming harder

The fishing has tapered off here with dedicated local in the know still taking good Bream and Flathead.  However the easy pickings for the casual visitor are very few.  Many of the fish will be heading up stream so perhaps starting at Nowa Nowa and coming down maybe a better option than a long ride from the lower lake.  Go easy on anything you think is spawning.  The Hoby Kayak Competition was on a fortnight ago and while a very well run event, Lake Tyers proved to be challenging and separated the men from the boys.  Congratulations to all the organisers and competitiors it was a great catch and release comp'.  Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

15 May 2014 - Bream still good

The temperature is dropping these mornings and the flow of boats onto the lake has slowed considerably, however good catches of Bream on baits is continuing.  A little early appears better than later and you may have to work for the last few in your bag, but the fish are high quality and well worth the effort.  Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

3 May 2014 - Fish in excellent condition

Bream caught at Lake Tyers Beach May 2014The Prawns are still around and the evidence is in the quality of the fish being taken. Both Flathead and Bream are producing excellent fillets when around the 45-50cm and 35-40cm respectively. Depths of 2 metres or so are  working well with local Prawn, both peeled and un-peeled.  Others have reported that hard bodied lures are also working well in the deeper waters. There is a bit of weed around but all the good stuff.  Some super sized Flathead have also been caught and released.  (Remember new rules: Flathead 55cm and over must be returned to the water unharmed.) Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

25 April 2014 - Flathead setting the pace

Good Flathead catches reported in Toorloo Arm section around Fern Bay.  Earlier this week people had been able to catch their own Prawns the night before, and take excellent Flathead on live Prawn the following day. Keeping your bait moving, drifting is a good thing to try.  Central in the lower lake, just north of the Mud Islands, is also attracting a lot of attention.  Good sized frozen Prawns are working well, though it is hard to imagine any fish in the lake not being sick of them by now!  Easter was very positive, but the temp of the Lake is now about 17\B0C and falling quickly from the high of around 23\B0C over summer. Considerable water has leaked through the sandbar as well, and lowered the lake.  So time is running out for this season. Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

14 April 2014 - Fishing all good

Huge down-pour of about 80mm.  People reporting catching Flathead on lures and slowly trolling (!!!) before the downpour, so an interesting concept?  More news later in the week, as it comes to hand.  Lake has risen about half a metre plus.  Not many out fishing while the rain and drizzle is about. Hopefully it will clear up for Easter.  There will definitely be plenty of water in the lake, but the rush of incoming fresh water can unsettle fish. Reports so far though have been encouraging.  Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

7 April 2014 - Fishing all good

Lake Tyers Flathead and BreamGood catches are being reported across the lake with most being taken on classic baits such as whole prawn, but plastics and other artificial lures are also proving effective on both Bream and Flathead. No need to travel far up the arms unless your are really into scenery and have your favourite spots already in mind.  Slight changes in the weather can work to your advantage, so don't let a little rain put you off.  Plenty of action on the Prawning scene with very good catches reported, however Easter means a full moon so that may make it a little harder.  Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

27 March 2014 - Lower lake and arms performing well

Get your prawns and use them whole, and on a good sized hook.  There are decent 40+cm Black Bream around and some excellent Flathead to be had.  
8lb Flathead March 2014Anchor up, and peg out if you have the poles, and fish back towards the drop away of the banks.  Don't nose up on to the banks and fight the weed. That will also help avoid the pesky little ones. Don't move about too quickly, if you have got one or two, the school might be back anytime.  The 15mm of rain will have helped freshen things up. Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

19 March 2014 - Bream everywhere

Good catches of Bream reported from Balckfellows Arm and Crystal Bay.  People reported bag limits were readily achieved.  Plenty of undersized ones though stripping bait.  So if you want some fun and don't mind throwing them back, then use small hooks, otherwise if you are only after quality fish put on the larger hooks eg 2.0 Baitholders and just keep the bait up to them.  Others have been taking bream from the bank and around the local jetties. Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

25 February 2014 - Bream and Flathead providing quality catches

Mill Point has been reported to be fishing well, recent catches of both Bream and Flathead being taken under the  powerlines.  Six Flatties and five Bream made a very successful day. There are also some thumper Bream coming on with Leanne at the shop nailing a beauty Leanne + Whopper(now on the bragger's page!). Plastics continue to perform well, but a well set up Prawn is pretty hard to beat, especially for the Bream.  Blackfellows Arm, across from Mill Point, has also produced some decent Flathead. Generally hunting around the lower lake near the drop offs, such as Glass House and Mud Islands, would be a good bet.  Easter is looking pretty positive.  We are just hitting a low point with the moon so the prawning people better have their batteries charged!! Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

12 February 2014 - Bream and Flathead catches have improved

Reports of good catches of both Bream and Flathead are coming in.  Nothing too difficult, and baits like local Prawn, our old standby, with some moving Pilchard for the Flathead are producing good results.  The lower lake and even around the channel markers are producing good fish with Flathead, above, below and within the legal  take-home limit.  Locals are finding their bag limit accessible with plenty of good sport in between. Hook ups with the occasional sideline fish like Trevalli have also occured.  Rob has added a Moon Phase Calendar to the website that you may want to check out. In its early stages but could be handy to plan a Prawning or Gummy evening.  Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

26 January 2014 - Bream above the Island

The 2014 Australia Day was a beautiful fishing day on the lake. Low cooling wind, with sunshine and scattered cloud. Keepers are being taken above the Island and towards Nowa Nowa with some boats returning to the Nowa Nowa Ramp with very good Bream.  On the whole though the Bream continue to be fussy eaters, however the larger ones are tending to take Pilchard or  Prawn.  If you know a few drop offs it maybe the time of the year to check them out. Flathead are the other main catch lower in the lake, but not in big numbers.  We a looking at another hot stretch next week, and only a short break with some rain last week, so expect the Lake to be near very low soon.  Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

18 January 2014 - Catches improving

The hot weather is taking its toll on the lake level, but the increasing temperature of the water 22+ is bringing Flathead on the bite lower down in the lake.  From the Nowa Nowa Arm Power Lines to the Channel Markers, Flathead are good prospects on bait, eg Prawn (Pilchard are a handy alternative) or plastics. Many boats have been returning with Bream.  Evening fishers are having some success in the channel, left from the opening back to Number 2 Jetty with Salmon providing some lively sport.  Some Gummy action has been observed in the surf at the top of the tide, but the waning moon will mean that this will not last long.  A bit of action has been heard of with Prawns, so maybe worth a try.  Take care, and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

13 January 2014 - Flathead near Power Lines

The lake is holding its level quite well, though the hotter weather is beginning to lower it quicker.  Flathead are the best strategy for a meal at the moment with plastics near the power lines in Toorloo Arm giving good sized fish.  Salmon are around in the channel and with a bit of squid will give some one on lake gear a real work out.  If you see small fry in the water up the Nowa Nowa Arm around Reedy Corner, then Glassies as bait can get you over the line.  Take care and easy as you go.  No-Fuss-Guss

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We welcome a new fishing tipster, No Fuss Guss, and at the same time fondly farewell Ian Page, who's tips have been a major attraction on these web pages.  I am also pleased to report that in deference to Ian's excellent piscatorial judgment  we will continue to make his fishing reports available for those who like to consult the past history as a guide to what will happen next.  However as conditions change and fresh news is always appreciated No Fuss Guss will provide the eager angler with timely news of the fishing at Lake Tyers Beach. Stay Tuned!!!
We wish Pagey all the best with his new endeavours and will connect you as soon as possible with his new venture on the Murray, Australia's iconic river.

For those that love their records:
Pagey ARCHIVE 2012
Pagey ARCHIVE 2010
Pagey ARCHIVE 2009