Fishing Tips from No Fuss GussGuss knows the local conditions
and has skippered many fishing parties
on the lake over the years. So here it is -
The Lake Tyers
Fishing ReportCheck Water Wheel Beach Cabins for your mates' next trip.
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
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
December 2014: Flathead setting the mark
The 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
November 2014: A good season ahead
The 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
8th September 2014: Lake
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.
23rd August 2014: Lake has
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.
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.
16 July 2014: Not many but
We 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.
5 July 2014 - Fish can be
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.
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.
5 June 2014 - Bream becoming
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
15 May 2014 - Bream still goodThe 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 conditionThe 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 paceGood 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 goodHuge 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 goodGood 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 wellGet 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.
Anchor 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 everywhereGood 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 catchesMill 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 (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 improvedReports 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 IslandThe 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 improvingThe 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 LinesThe 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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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!!!
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