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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
28th November 2020: Plenty around
Elise,Trinity and No Fuss Guss with their day's catch  at Lake TyersGus was on the water last week with two excellent assistants who were keen to sample the fishing fun at Lake Tyers. Elise and Trinity joined Guss for a scenic tour first, and then some serious fishing. The girls contributed a couple of catches and the boat bagged out. The Bream were taking local school Prawns kept over from last year. Fishing above the Devil's Hole and close to the banks, the catch ended up gracing the plates of a few friends that evening. 

Maps of Lake Tyers: You can buy a map of Lake Tyers at the local shop and have a great coffee and snacks while you are at it.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
12th November 2020: Lake not open, but Victoria is!
Handy Bream taken by No Fuss Guss at Lake TyersNo Fuss Guss bags out at Lake Tyers
A beautiful day in Lake Tyers and No Fuss Guss and partner Roxy (great photos) headed off a day of relaxation in what has been a hectic time for both of them. With a bit of local know-how and enthusiasm they got a bag of really nice Bream. Using standard local baits and running sinker line rigs above the island and close to the banks, and excellent day out ensured. Dinner plates at Tommy's, Peter's and Garry's houses were loaded with goodies. The Lake is in beautiful condition and the big Flathead are there to test your skill, but also many take home sized catches as well too. A 50+cm Snapper was caught last week which would have been in the lake since it was last open in mid 2016. While large Flathead feature frequently as trophy catches, there are also others taking the keepers too.

There have been some inquiries about Maps of Lake Tyers. You can buy a map of Lake Tyers at the local shop and have a great coffee and snacks while you are at it.   

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
23rd October 2020: Grand Final Holiday
Lake Tyers Beach still popular, Nos2 Boat Ramp.
There was a healthy number of vehicles and trailers in the car ark at Number 2 Boat Ramp on AFL Grand Final Holiday. Not everyone has had time off during this pandemic, and have actually been working harder than ever,  and now that fishing is back on the agenda, all those people who worked right through it deserve a day off. There was a report during the week that one angler had spent the day on Lake Tyers and yet had come home empty handed!!! That was after catching five Flathead, all over 50cm. Not a bad way to be disappointed.

The lake level as measured on the Blue Marker is steady at 148cm, so about 60-70cm more required before a breakout is likely. It could mean we get a summer with plenty of water. The water is very dark due to the tannin in it from recent run off, but on the whole it is healthy, and not "dirty".

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
17th October 2020: No Fuss
No Fuss Guss with a 40cm Bream from LTBI set out with Rob last Thursday for a quick fish up the lake and after losing a hook up, landed this nice 40cm Bream just below Devil's hole. We were using Blue Bait and Prawn for bait. Some early bites came in on the Blue Bait, but the prawn proved decisive later on, as it produced the goods. This was passed onto John B for dinner as he had placed his order the previous night.

The lake has dropped a little from a fortnight ago. The water is very dark with tannin from the dead leaves from the runoff. So the water looks very dark, but in fact is not dirty, but quite healthy. It is providing the fish plenty of good cover and hopefully they will be plentiful over summer. There is also plenty of algae around, though not much of the long green strands that form mats in the warmer summer months in the shallows and then drift across the lake. The water temperature was around the 18degrees mark so the Flathead should be stirring in numbers soon.

Not many boats out but reports suggest that the lake is fishing well and what has been caught is in good condition. It is a pleasure to navigate the lake at the moment. We will need the lake to rise by about 50-70cm to get a breakout, but it could provide a welcome restock of fish that don't breed in the lake. Speaking of which, we had a first hand report of the shark that was seen in the lake, probably about 50-70cm over near the eastern end of the sandbar. No photo to prove it, but an interesting story never the less.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
27th September 2020: The Devil may care?
Matt and Tim hit the Bream at lake Tyers BeachThe cleaning table at Nos 2 Boat Ramp  was graced by a couple of young enthusiastic locals, Matt and Tim. They had cleaned and filleted 6 nice Bream out of 10 caught, 4 returned. Working from Nowa Nowa to the Devil's Hole these guys had some decent fish. Well done lads, it gives us all hope there is plenty left to find.
The keen eyed among you will note the  lake is still high and not broken out. We can't say for sure when the lake might open as all these things are in the lap of the gods. However it is primed for an opening this year, unlike the previous three years.  A good East Coast Low could do it, or a very freakish blow from the west might just do it (most of the weather from the west has been "empty" these last few years). eg A heavy Snow dump in Ballarat this week show how variable things can be.

Overall though the lake is in prime condition and fishing well. Easily navigable and coming off a period of under utilization due to the Covid crisis.

In spite of recent good rains we are still facing a hard summer coming up. If the monsoons above the equator break early and not late, like last year, we may escape the worst of it. Otherwise batten down the hatches for another firey summer.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
30th August 2020: Good waters
About 16 trailers at the boat ramp today. Not much evidence around the cleaning table of catches, but many of the keen anglers these days are catch and release, and have been working the upper reaches with soft plastics (worms and grubs) The Blue Rule at Nos2 Jetty is reading 150cm at the moment and is making launching and retrieval of boats a cinch. Even the party boat as launched today. That thing has some engine!!

The weather was calm and not doubt there would be canoeists in the upper reaches too. The Tavern has changed it operations to a Mini-Mart at the moment and can offer take away cryo-vac'ed meals, fresh fruit and produce, along with take away liquor sales. So if you are town for a fish, then drop in buy some supplies from our favorite store. Fingers crossed we can find a sweet spot between doing more together soon and keeping Covid19 infections low, and away from our most vulnerable citizens.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
14th August 2020: Kingfish
An onshore angler reported this morning he had caught a Kingfish in the lake around Long Point last week. As well he had also had some luck with Luderick in the town end of the lake. Others have been getting good catches of Bream on soft plastic grub lures up higher above the Island. The lake level is reading 93cm on the blue rule at Nos2 Boat Ramp, so everything is much more navigable, smaller tinnies should be able to make it right to the back of the sandbar. Much of the islands are submerged, so there could be new feed around them that will attract hungry fish.

Stage 3 restrictions are still in force so show your support for the community effort by wearing your mask as often as possible. People are infectious 2-3 days before they are aware of significant symptoms. A mask is not perfect, but bloody good insurance. Now we all want to catch something when we go for a fish, but, yo all wear a mask ya hear, and make sure what you catch is definitely not Covid19!!!

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
29nd July 2020: Lake Levels
We have been lucky to have had about 70mm of rain in falls within a fortnight. This has risen the lake by about 60cm. So by the blue Rule at the Number 2 Boat ramp the level is reading about 58cm. There has not been a dramatic increase in fishing activity, but now the weather has quietened down again we should see plenty of people trying their luck on the lake.

Take care and fish safe, as the Covid19 pandemic is far from over and social distancing is still required. Fortunately fishing has not got a bad press as a source of unexpected infections, so we must congratulate those fishers who have done the right thing and made it easier for all of us to enjoy our sport.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
19nd July 2020: Estuary Perch
There has been increasing numbers of Estuary Perch being caught in Lake Tyers of good size. Others are catching similar sized Bream as well. The stocking program of a few years ago nay well be paying off with this iconic fish now more plentiful in our waters.

The Corona Virus Pandemic continues to hit the sporting life, and fishing is no exception. There has been a notable decrease in activity since the June/July outbreak in Melbourne suburbs. However Lakes Entrance and Surrounds have not looked so good for many years. The emphasis on the Esplanade for walking/cycling/scootering space for families is excellent. the fronts of chops have been looking much better as well. The coffee shops and Fish and Chip shops are bravely soldiering on and can be relied on for a good break to devour in our very pleasant surroundings.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
2nd June 2020: Plenty of action
Not Lake Tyers fish, but Wahrfy and son Billy cleaning an "Outside" catch at the number 2 Boat ramp Wharfy and son Billy cleaning a nice catch of Pinkies from 7 mile Reef from
"Outside" at Number 2 Boat ramp. Not much news from Lake Tyers though the Fisheries people reported some beautiful Estuary Perch and others have had good Bream over the 42cm, other locals have bagged Flathead.

The talk in town has been about the Whiting fishing in the main lakes. Good catches of size and above Whiting have been reported. Whether this is a sustained bounty so soon from the absence of the netters in the lakes will take years to determine, but it is a promising sign. At this stage all we can do is cross our fingers and hope as Lakes Entrance could do with some tourists in town. Hit by the drought over the last 3-5 years and extra hot and large bush-fires over summer, then the Covid19 lock down, we could do with a change of luck. Hope to talk fishing with you soon....

The Esplanade and surrounding areas have had major facelifts and the town is really looking ahead at the moment.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
19th May 2020: Class act!!
Neil Simpson takes a bloody good catch at Lake Tyers Beach. This is from a few days ago, but my contact Neil, who is a guaranteed an LTB success story, has been out on the lake and trying his best to inspire you guys to give it go (do I recall someone with that message recently, mmmmm probably imagining things, but do you really get a go?) with this handsome catch. (Now how much did Bernie do the assist in this operation, how much credit should we give her?)

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
17th May 2020: Some action

There have been big differences in reports coming in. Some good Flathead (well done Neil!) and enormous Tailor (nice on Mick!) but others targeting Bream have found it hard work and not much to show for it. Camerons Arm and Reedy Arm, which have been safe bets for some anglers over the years, have yielded nothing for the morning's effort.

The water is about 12C so a bit of the cool side, but should not stop all fish. The boat ramp at Number 2 Jetty is somewhat shallow. Boats can be launched, but if you have a larger one then possibly the steeper ramp at Mill Point might be a better option. Someone has fixed the drainage pipe on the cleaning table at Number 2, so thanks for that. The left hand has a slighter better entry where some "dredging" by drive on boats has occurred.

There was only 7-8 trailers in the car park yesterday afternoon, so things are pretty quiet.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
11th May 2020: Back to it....

The news is out Fishing is now permitted in the lightened CV19 lock-down measures. It is well worth remembering that there is much to be cautious about. We are hoping that recreational fishers will respect the intent of the lock-down and not undermine our gains with reckless behavior that brings our favorite hobby into disrepute. Fishing alone at Long point probably should never have been banned, but how many of us can remember the crowded piers around Port Phillip Bay. So how do we draw a line that is practical for our hard working Police to enforce. Sometimes we have to give a little to gain a lot.

So try to keep your distancing rules (fishers are sociable chatter boxes, so this will be a challenge) and if you are feeling unwell then err on the side of caution and cancel, rather than spending all day in the boat and maybe infecting your best mate. Keep your number of fishing companions low and don't travel far, don't fish with ten different people from all over the state in ten days :-).

Most fishers we know are very conscientious in obeying catch and bag limits etc etc and feel confident that this is one group of sports people the Government can have confidence in. Show em' it is not unjustified.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
4th March 2020: Snagged at Isolation Point

Well Victoria appears to dodged the first CV19 bullets, but we must not forget that the virus is not a one hit wonder, it will seek out the weakest links and use them again and again without warning. So those of you who are making the daily sacrifice of limiting contact with other people, our thanks goes out you. Especially parents of school aged children who are not at school and could also be suffering business, employment or other economic hardships.

In spite of all these challenges our world down here was brightened by an email from a reader, Geoff (a long time Lake Tyers fan), letting us know how much he was missing the fishing and visiting the area. His wife is so confident she has booked up two trips down here later in the year. Now that is what I call refreshing optimism.

Geoff's main inquiry was "How is the level of the lake?". Well it is very low, as low as locals can remember. It would take a rise in levels of about 2.3m to get it to open. However with changing weather patterns over the last 4-5 years (the big East Coast Lows have stopped), the drought as a result, then devastating bush fires, the underlying economic downturn in EG, finally the Covid19 threat, we have had a bugger of a time. The Golden Tags idea was a glimmer of hope for a while, but they will still be swimming around after the CV19 is manageable. The main Gippsland lakes will be getting a real rest with the pro-fishing businesses gone from the big lakes (though bait fishers are still allowed), and as Geoff hinted it could be a bumper return for amateur anglers.

If anything good comes out of these times we hope it is a revitalisation of local tourism and and a renewed appreciation of what beautiful areas we have here in East Gippsland. If any of you are itching to get back to Lake Tyers then you'd better get in quick like Geoff's wife and start booking now, :-)

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
2nd April 2020: Going outside? No fishing
Latest clarification from the Minister Pulford, is the Police are going to take the strictest interpretation of the lock-down and stay at home rules, so non-professional fishing is going to be impossible to justify. Good luck with any Police you run into, as we are saying "Stay Cool, Stay at Home and Stay Safe". Flattening the curve is not going to eradicate the disease overnight, but it is giving our health experts extremely valuable time to be in the best possible place to support us if we run into trouble, Corona Virus or any other medical emergency (these will still occur).

We were all prepared to help the Firies, now it is the turn for the Medicos, right through to the Check-out chicks (sorry fellas) to get our support. It is as easy as staying home as much as possible and observing social distancing when out. Time to get out YouTube and enjoy a few of your favorite fishing or wildlife shows.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

1st April 2020: Stricter monitoring
It has been bought to our attention by several locals that with the new restrictions, the boat ramps are being monitored by Police to make sure the rules "no more than two in group" and "no unnecessary travel" are being enforced. Responses to inquiries have varied as to whether a couple of people in a boat can go fishing. We do not want to undermine official actions in this time of community stress, but just giving the warning that you might find your access to the water restricted. If you do load up the boat, then don't be surprised if your best plans for the day come undone.

The authorities are taking the Corona Virus threat very seriously, and so should we. If you want to laugh about it, go home and watch YouTube, and stay there. However if you are unsure, to avoid disappointment, phone the local Police before you set out and get a local update. There are fines for not obeying current restrictions on movement and gatherings. The Corona Virus is the lottery none of us want to "win".

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
19th March 2020: Social distance.....
$10k Winner from Bemm River, photo at Lake Tyers Beach
Just when East Gippsland thought it had seen the worst of the bush fire economic battering, the Corona Virus Pandemic turns up and piles it on even higher. Many of the big sports that roll in the big money are being hit very hard with playing games with no spectators or no games at all. Fortunately fishing has two main advantages as a sport, the first being it puts high quality fresh food on the table (no fights in supermarkets) and secondly, has always incorporated a sense of social distance. It has never been polite to park up close to another fisher, even if you are in the same group. You pick your spot and work it. This applies whether you are up a river, on a boat in the lakes, or out on the 90Mile Beach. Fishing at this time could be just what the doctor would order to soothe a worried mind.

So get out in the fresh air and enjoy the beautiful Gippsland Lakes. Stick to your bag and size limits, and see if you beat the "panic merchants" in the supermarkets to the best meals you could possibly have. You might just pick up one of the Tag Prizes as a real bonus. All the $10,000 prizes have been taken, but each subsequent tag is worth $2000 caught before 28 February 2021. The VFA presented the cheque to a winner (their photo above left) recently.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
15th March 2020: Those tags just keep popping up
Prize winning Tags from East Gippsland
The State Government's initiative to release tagged fish into the rivers and lakes of East Gippsland has attracted a lot of interest in anglers, and while the big $10,000 prizes have been claimed by the first ten tag catchers, there is still plenty of fishing gold lurking around in the waters. (VFA details)

East Gippsland has been hit badly by recent bush fires and businesses will appreciate your custom. Many of the people living here have had livelihoods and community connections knocked about heavily, so having a friendly face saying "Good morning" and asking how they are going could help a lot.

The drought (which has not really finished, the lake is not full yet!) that preceded the fires has also meant the rivers and lakes have been doing it tough too, so if you are chasing the golden tags then please consider catch and release, and observing closely all bag and size limits. Don't flog the system if you expect it to give back to you when times should become more abundant.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

25th February 2020: The long weekend is looking good
Julian with a couple of lovely Bream at Lake Tyers Beach
The Bream are active around the Toorloo Arm area, down to the main lake. Fishing between the start of Blackfellows Arm and up to Lonely Bay can produce good Bream on whole local Prawn. There are also Pinkies to be had in the same areas. Swim lures and glide lures continue to be popular alternatives. Julian (left) managed a couple of nice keepers last weekend around the middle of the day.

Lake Tyers Angling Club narrowly pipped the Lakes Entrance Angling Club at their annual "fish-off". We have have had 70mm of rain approximately in the last fortnight, and this will will add some welcome fresh water to the system. This will not make a significant change to the lake level and visitors should not expect the lake to have changed much from xmas-new year.

The catchment for Lake Tyers is not that big and extends up towards Buchan, where the Tambo and Snowy catchments pinch it off. The lack of very heavy rain at this time has meant that there has not been big flows of runoff from burnt areas into the lake. Because the lake is closed incoming water tends to stall at the very top of the lake. Fortunately for the lake its catchment and surrounding forests escaped major damage this time around. The water remains in pretty good condition, even though very low.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

11th February 2020: Lake Tyers Angling Club starts it comp season
No Fuss Guss with winning Bream at Local Comp
The Lake Tyers Beach Angling Club held its first comp for the 2020 season last weekend and No Fuss Guss and partner Roxy thought they would dangle a line and give the comp a go.

They hit the water on the Saturday for an early start in pretty fine conditions. The bush fire smoke had nearly gone and the weather friendly. They landed a Flathead and a Bream between them. Not overly confident they weighed in the fish on the Saturday. However Sunday turned out to be shocker with high winds and rain. Much to their surprise their early start had payed off and they won $20 each for best fish in the comp. Guss is shown with Roxy's lovely Bream. The Bream are continuing to bite well with plenty of young ones to strip your bait, but hey that is OK, that is where the big ones come from.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

28th January 2020: Good tales, tall and true
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Over few beers at the Tavern we caught up with Bernie and Neil. Turns out Neil had taken Bernie out on his club fishing comp and she came up trumps with this winner Flathead. Not only was Neil impressed (he is smiling and photo-bombing at the same time), his club members were even more surprised by the stellar performance of the new comer.

Good catches of Bream continue, with along with others varieties like 50cm Trevally, and Estuary Perch (more on this later from Neil) taken from the lake, and Salmon from the surf. The lake has been very popular over the long weekend, but if you are looking for quieter, more sedate conditions then they will begin when school resumes and the rush is over until we see you all again at Easter. Take care on the water and the roads, we hope you have had a safe holiday.

Lakes Entrance and Lake Tyers Beach are open for business...

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

18th January 2020: Local expert's tips from Reel It In and Dusty Stalker
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Well we have rolled into 2020 and so far Lake Tyers Beach and surrounds has not been really threatened by bush-fires. However we are aware that the wind changes that helped us, have bought untold devastation to other peoples' lives and the very nature of our local bush, and its unique flora and fauna. Our sympathies are extended to all those who have suffered in this crisis.

A holiday rental over the road has brought Troy from "Reel It In" to town and I was able to share a few fishing stories. Notably Troy got to work with Trent Davis (AKA The Dusk Stalker) and put together this highly informative, and in depth video on how to catch a Lake Tyers Monster. Check it out on YouTube. There are some excellent descriptions of glide lures and swim lures and the techniques used to fish them at Lake Tyers. The fish were all caught from wading in shallow waters and released in good condition.

The fire situation is quite mild here (at the moment) so if you are thinking of coming down, then don't hesitate as long as you keep up to date on the Emergency Victoria website and other authoritative information sources, and are prepared to quickly follow advice on roads, and evacuations etc This could change overnight, as happened at Mallacoota for example, so be prepared to alter your plans according to the risk level.

Good sized Pinkies are about and the outer end of the buoys in the southern end of the lake have yielded good results. Try larger baits like Pilchards and whole local prawn.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)