East Gippsland acknowledges the Gunaikurnai, Monero and the Bidawel people as the Traditional Custodians of the land that encompasses East Gippsland Shire. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in East Gippsland, their Elders past and present.

Down by the Lake

 Fishing our expansive Lake system brings a long list of catch-able fish species to target. Most commonly bream, flathead, luderick and tailor.  



Situated smack bang between Lake Victoria and Lake King, within sighting distance of Wattle Point, Duck Arm and Newlands Arm. There is little wonder of why Paynesville is the perfect place to base yourself for a lake fishing adventure. Add to this, easy lake accessibility to the popular Ocean Grange and Sperm Whale Head for whiting, mullet and surf fishing. And the canal waterways are great for catching tailor and bream.   


Metung’s town jetties are always an option for wetting a line and trying your luck for a flathead. For the more discerning angler, Bancroft Bay, Chinamans Creek and Box’s Creek are open to bream and luderick hiding about the many holes. 

Trolling along Nungurner’s Lake edge with pippies and mussels is a very popular way to catch whiting and flathead. This section of the Lake has significant tidal movement with deep channels, making for a good chance of catching dinner. 


There is no denying the advantage Lakes Entrance has for a feed of fresh fish. Try one of the many jetties and easy-access shoreline spots to take a cast from. Sandworms are usually a good bet for catching a mullet or bream from these areas. 

Launching the boat will enable you endless locations for targeting a number of different species. Don’t have a boat but want to experience the best of fishing in our Lakes? Portside Boat Hire can have you skippering your own vessel, no boat license required. Or for the professional touch, take a guided fishing tour to increase your chances of fish for dinner.  


One of the local’s best kept secrets is combining prawns with a hook to entice flathead and bream out of Lake Tyers. It is also quite often an option to fish here when the weather is not ideal in other parts of the area.


In an area famous for its abalone, it is also known for its monstrous flathead which hide in the sandy pockets of Mallacoota’s Lakes. The Top and Bottom Lakes both produce a mixture of species on a combo of both live bait and soft plastics.  

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