Mount Gambier Fishing Report
Pleasant and warm conditions were very well received by anglers over the past few days, but unfortunately they didn’t hang around long before that wind whipped up again.
The offshore scene has been a tough one this week, the big swell has kept most boats at home in the shed, but there is some good news on the horizon. The forecast tells me that there is some decent weather coming next week, so that should hopefully see plenty of boaties get back into some fish.
The surf fishing has continued to produce some nice fish this week. Gummy shark are in the crosshairs of most fishos, but there are still a few very reasonable mulloway getting around. Canunda has produced this week, with most sharks being taken on a mixture of pilchards and fresh salmon fillet. Piccininni through to Browns Beach has been fishing well also, but the weed can also be a problem. A few fishos have said that the beach through Paradise is quite soft at the moment, so just be wary when heading through that area. The salmon numbers and size has been excellent this week, the salmon hole at Beachport has produced some cracking fish to 3kg – 4kg, and plenty of smaller models. Metal lures are still the number one, so keep a few in your tackle box.
The gar this week has been very spread out, which is giving everyone a great shot. Cape Douglas and Livingstons are still producing, but Blackfellows Caves, Pelican Point and even the Port MacDonnell breakwater have all fished well also. good numbers of mullet and tommy ruff are still hanging around, so there are plenty of options.
There have been a few reports this week of squid inside the Port MacDonnell breakwater. Both boaties and landbased fishos have been getting in on the action, and although the numbers aren’t as thick as we’d like just yet, it’s still an encouraging sign coming into the peak season. Livingstons Bay is also fishing well for squid when the conditions allow, so keep an eye on the sea and once it’s settled, you can’t go wrong.
There have been plenty of reports this week coming from the inland fishos, most of the local lakes and reservoirs are starting to fire up. Rainbow and brown trout to a couple of kilos have been landed, and were starting to see the odd bigger redfin too. Phil Pretlove has been getting onto a few nice fish recently on a nice mixture of trolled and cast lures.
The Glenelg River has started producing some nice mulloway this week, with the area below the bridge being the best bet. There have been rumours of a few fish to 20ish pound, but I am still yet to see pictures. The bream fishing has started to heat up, with some very nice fish caught over the weekend; they seem to be spread out from the sandflats down the bottom, through to the cliffs and snaggy areas up river. The clarity is getting better by the day, and provided we don’t get another heap of rain in a short period of time, it should continue to improve.
The weekend looks a bit average both wind and swell wise, but there is a glimmer of hope for the coming week, so let’s hope it does what we’d like, and we can get back on the water!
Until next week, safe fishing!
Craig & Jamie