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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
4th April 2022: Lake sets a record and opens three times in 12 months.

Just a quick note. Enough of the torrential rain falling in northern NSW has come down the coast in the form of an East Coast Low and produced enough storm activity to soften the bar and the lake has opened for a third time in 12 months at a level of just above 120cm. This is truly exceptional as the usual level for an opening is around 220cm, almost a 1m higher than this time. It is the first time a wash over has had such an effect on the lake, that locals can remember. However recent storm wash overs in previous have been when the lake's level was about 40-50cm, barely above average ocean height. So there was little head of water to push out. What effect this will have on the prawning will remain to be seen as it now provides an escape path for the otherwise "land locked" Prawn population. It still proves popular though with many lights to be seen in the evening trying their luck.
Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
15th March 2022: Locals happy with the state of the lake. 
John at Lake Tyers,Out with a mate for days fishing.
The lake is in great condition and fishing well. People are reporting good Bream catches generally and enjoying very productive days on the water. John here was out with a mate and bagged out is pretty quick time. These were taken around the Channel Markers and not a long way from Boat Ramp Nos 2.

The lake is about half way up the blue measuring pole and making navigation and launching etc much easier. The people up north are copping huge downpours with flooding etc. Real disasters. We may see a bit of it come down the coast, but no real sign of it anything. The Prawn season in the lake is hitting new highs with many people reporting high numbers of prawns and good catches. If you see any suspicious netting activity then take photos of people and their vehicles. There is a fishing hotline to report your observations. Just as a strong word of caution though, there is still one legal bait licence operating in the lake and it is illegal to interfere with any of their activities.
Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
5th February 2022: Locals with know how....
Rocket at Lake Tyers, using fresh local bait
Rocket pictured here knows when the fishing is about to take off. His place in Lake Tyers is close to Number 2 Jetty and Launching Ramp. Recently locals have been able to catch small quantities of local School Prawns in the lake. A few are eating size, but most are pretty small, even on the bait scale. The lake is nearly closed so they will be unlikely to escape and will be there to feed the local fish and human population.

As you can see Rocket has landed a nice haul of Bream and Flathead, destined for the dining table. It is great for the locals to use their knowledge and proximity to the lake to know when and how the local bait can be caught. (Try out in front of the #2 boat and car parking area in the shallows with a dipping net and a prawn light). You might even get enough to freeze for later on in the year. Over the counter bags of frozen bait Prawns are fairly expensive by the kg.

Others wait for the run out of the prawn season and buy the last of the runs cheap in bulk and bag up their own bulk supplies for the following winter and summer.
Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
5th January 2022: Visitors having a great time
Julian and family at Lake TyersJulian has been a long time fan of Lake Tyers as a top fishing destination and this new year it did not disappoint him and his family.

Using a boat he got among the Bream and landed quite a catch one day. It was a great family day out with Paris, Jed and Evie all pitching in to help Dad haul them in.

The day ended with a count of 6 nice Bream keepers.

The lake has been fishing well. People are consistently being able to find Bream or Flathead, with the Estuary   Perch also found in some catches. These fish were released as fingerling quite a few years ago now and are very good size if you can get on to one or two.

The lake continues to be open and with a fall of 45mm last week is likely to stay that way for a while longer.

The slot size for keeping Bream in the main lakes (at Lakes Entrance etc) is 28-38cm, but in Lake Tyers there is only a minimum size of 28cm. If you catch a big one maybe give the slot size a go and only take home the photo.
Welcome to the new year, have fun fishing.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
16th December 2021: Bream and Flathead both on the go
Off the bank by Rob Irvine at Lake TyersA mate, Rob Irvine and his grandson Xavier landed these beauties from off the bank near Mill Point. So that gives you folk who don't own a boat some hope. Don't give up, and get in among some very nice fish. Pictured here is a Bream 29 and Flathead 39 + 54. Great table fish!

Guss and Rob take the opportunity to wish you a great time at Christmas and a prosperous New Year. We have seen fishing opportunities fluctuate with the Covid restrictions but at the moment the lake is open and looks like staying open past Christmas, so we can be pretty sure stocks will have been replenished and some excellent fishing to look forward too. Best wishes.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
26th November 2021: Who knows what comes and goes?
Lake Tyers Beach haul by Matthew, nice workMatthew bagged this nice selection of local Black Bream a week or so ago. Not many fishers out to day. The winds have been icy and the drizzle very unhelpful. However we have had about 221mm of rain in the last two months, so that will help keep the lake open just that bit longer. It is hard to take by the farmers hoping to get crops in by now, but better than East Gippsland being as dry as a chip and going up in smoke.
As we have said on these pages before: a drought on land, causes a drought in the rivers and lakes. So hopefully we have plenty of insects and other tucker carried into the lake for fish feed over the next few months.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
18th November 2021: Who knows what comes and goes?
Joe Costoso, channel at Lake Tyers Beach openingJoe Costoso landed this magnificent King Fish while flicking for Flathead. Needless to say this was a very pleasant surprise from the monster lizards he usually lands. And all on a 3Kg line! Nice work Jo. Check around the sand flats for a chance yourself.
The lake water is in excellent condition with incoming sea water, that is salty, running in underneath the fresh water from recent heavy rains. The lighter fresh water is escaping on top out of the opening.
This is very likely to bring a good Prawn event around Easter time next year. Passing Prawn larvae will be carried and be able to bury into the bottom and grow into full sized prawns.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
27th October 2021: Another excellent day out
Another nice haul, Number 2 Jetty Lake Tyers BeachManaged to fit in another weekday trip. Using the frozen Prawns supplies bought at the end of the last seasons Easter Prawn run. They still pack a punch. Went out with Pete again and got onto some good Bream below Devils Hole and mainly searching the banks, and a bit around the snags. More delights to be divied up at NFGB. Also had to doctor up Pete with a gash in his leg from a knife accident. All in a days work!!

The locals chasing Flathead have also been having success, especially Neil and Bernie, these guys are the legends of the Lake!! Catch Neil on Facebook. Now that Covid Lock Downs are gradually being lifted we will see many more tourists around, so just to let you know, be nice to each other, be nice to the fish, and be nice to the environment!! Hope to see you on the water.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
12th October 2021: Bream running well at Lake Tyers
Guss at the cleaning table, Number 2 Jetty Lake Tyers BeachWent out with Limpy Peter this time and cleaned up on good sized Bream, reports of quite a few 40+cm are around. Using local Prawn (bought fresh last Easter and frozen in my Zip-lock bags) proved very effective (and economical). The flushing of the Lake has stimulated the Bream and these were caught above The Island.

As you can see behind me the lake is tidal, but maintaining a good level for fishing and general access to the lake. Plenty of fillets to share with my mates back at the NFGB. John and Tommy will be into them.

Quite a bit of easterly wind coming in lately as expected this time of year, but as Lake Tyers runs basically north-south on both arms, it is easy to find a quiet spot above the bottom lake area.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
9th October 2021: Weather and fishing on the improve
At Lake Tyers, one of Guss bag of 9 good BreamAs Victoria struggles to lift itself out of the Covid lockdowns the fishing continues to improve. Good fishing has been reported around the Devil's Hole and Cameron's Tracks. Fishing close to the banks will produce good catches of Bream at the moment and the weather has been improving all the time as well. If you get a chance talk to others on the lake, you never know who you know in common and brighten up someone else's day.

The lake continues to be strongly tidal and is getting one of the best flush outs ever. Tidal effects are being noticed close to the Nowa Nowa end of the lake, so this is an indication of how much water is quickly moving in and out of the entrance.

I had a good day out with Peter B bagging 9 Bream in all. Going out again this Saturday, so more news later folks.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
27th September 2021: It is on for Young and Old
Archie lands a really good one at Long PointA communication from one our young fishers, Archie (pictured left) at Long Point is a shot of one of his best catches. Well done mate!! Great to see people using what limited time Covid restrictions allow us to be outdoors and people are finding time to be with their children or grandchildren. We have missed nearly two years of open interaction with our families in many ways.

I hope Australia's Covid Road Maps out of this pandemic let us enjoy more outdoors and to do the things we really value as a nation.

I know I will really appreciate being being able to plan a really good fishing trip and be confident it will happen. Tight lines!!!

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
23th September 2021: Open again, entrance and for fishing.
Ray Schmitt with a sample of the days catch at Lake TyersThe Lake has opened again and is tidal again. Good Bream are being caught towards the middle to upper reaches of the lake. Success was had early on with Prawn, later on cubes of Pilchard and then to return to the Prawns again. A great sample of excellent Bream. Some young guns fishing off the floating jetties reported they had seen Lemon Sharks around the edges but could not tempt them with baits. Who knows what else is coming and going at the moment with such a healthy flush going on.Thanks to Ray (left)  for the info and tips.

Some of you may have been frustrated to find the ramp at Nos2 Jetty was blocked by a sand bank last week. They have got an excavator in and the Jetty is now more open than it has been for ages. The bank builds up from tidal action, but also from the boats that use the motor thrust themselves up onto their trailers. This digs out the sand inside the floating walkways and piles it up at the deeper end of them. With the lake level measuring 35cm on the Blue Level at the moment, for many boats this can be significant. It should take quite a while before it is a problem again, so full steam ahead!!

Best cure for the Covid blues is some outdoor activity so why not go for a fish on Lake Tyers to blow the blues away, and drop in at the new General Store for some coffee and refreshments. Hopefully The Tavern will be fully open soon as well. Both are operating within Covid restrictions at the moment, so limited numbers.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
29th August 2021: Temperature and lake level rising

There is speculation that the 60mm of rain we had over the last few days will bring on the Bream. The East Coast Low was very welcome (the 100+km/hr winds in the storm from the west at the start were not so welcome). The lack of boats at the #2 ramp on a quiet Sunday afternoon either means either there is not much confidence in the fishing, or people are being really good and obeying the anti-Covid recommendations to minimise travel and social activities. We saw a rise of 45cm since mid July so that is reassuring. The brief opening may have been enough to refresh some species in the lake and we can only cross our fingers and rods (not our lines!) and hope for the best.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
14th August 2021: Trickle of reports of Flathead

There has been a trickle of Flathead catches in a kayak trip by a friend to Burnt Bridge collected 3 nice Flathead using plastic lures. The lake is at excellent height for kayak adventures with a good level of water, but not tidal. Another friend was landing Bream, and managed 4 good Bream on bait  at Long Point.

The Toorloo Arm is shallow in the upper reaches but well served by plenty of access roads (some are not city suburban sedan friendly so be careful) and kayaking. The Fishermans Landing jetty has a dedicated kayak launching bench and Long Point and Mill Point are some other popular places. Putting in at Burnt bridge or Cherry Tree will put you within quick striking reach of the upper reaches, near the Toorloo Arm Bridge.

We are still not out of all Covid restrictions, so carry your mask. With travel for country Victorians eased, a few more of you will no doubt join us here at beautiful Lake Tyers. Hope to chat soon.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
20th July 2021: Lake Closed

The activity has slowed to a trickle at the moment with Covid restrictions on boating and fishing. We are pleased that they the authorities have allowed fishing to continue with social distancing and mask rules rather than a complete ban. The lake closing over so soon, about a fortnight after the opening has left a few people scratching their heads. The level is at 38cm at the moment, somewhere around mean tide level. So no great change to the fishing expected, though 200cm less of water to find the fish in. Take care with the boating as the sandbars in the lake (and there are quite a few) will be more dangerous and may have changed position.

So the lake is open and you are welcome, all of you that live 5km around it. We are blessed with such a pristine waterway so close to our back doors.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
20th May 2021: Special Day

Good fishing is to be had on plastics with Bream at the moment. There is a small but steady stream of boats making use of the #2 Jetty and the so far fine weather in the school holidays. The flow of fresh sea water can be seen right past the buoys and Glass House. With the lake being tidal you need go no further than the #2 Jetty to land a Salmon of good size. While we are enjoying a bit of Covid freedom and good weather (we all wish NSW well and hope they get on top of it soon), it is time to strike out the rods and go for a fish on Tyers. Don't forget the Tavern is always a good backup if all else fails.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
20st May 2021: Special Day
First Catch, Lake Tyers
Today is No Fuss Guss's birthday!! (Pictured in 2017)

So I am talking the helm and wishing him a happy birthday, well earned and well deserved.

The lake has been fishing quite well though the lake has risen 70+cm in the last fortnight and this does not happen without a lot of bad weather so not much to report. The Flathead challenge was successful so it means in spite of dropping temperatures (above and below the water line), the Flathead are still active to some extent and can be tempted. Rob

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
21st April 2021: Higher up is best
First Catch, Lake Tyers
To catch a fish is a great thrill for many people, but to have the wait finally over and to catch your first fish and land it your self is a true milestone for many young people. It is easy to forget  that the mystery of the waters and animals they don't don't know too much about is a really interesting experience? The Bream were very active on green Prawn above the  Devil's Hole, next to the bank with medium weight rigs. Can you remember your first catch?

A Facebook report of an enormous Snapper was made this week. About 54cm long it was a whopper. It was at the stage where the bump on the head was becoming obvious. The long time it has been since the lake last opened has had some positives in that the trapped big fish have continued to grow. These fish would have left the lake system long ago had it been opening every year.  Maybe this year it will open. We are certainly in the best position for a top up and spill over very soon.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
21st March 2021: Good Bream for the taking
Tailor, Lake TyersRecently Julian and son Jed had a great time at Lake Tyers getting into the Bream with a couple of good bags over a couple of days. This is a team we may see a lot more of if Jed really gets the bug. A nice Bream shown here but also good Flathead keepers were also reported.

We have had some heavy downpours of rain lately, but none that have really reversed the dropping level of the lake. It may have slowed the lowering level, but not much else. Conditions are pretty ordinary at the moment as NSW is flooding and we have had about 3-4 weeks of steady Easterly winds around the 20-30km/hr. Tiring after a while, however we may get a bit of rain from the current huge rainfalls on the NSW east coast if it continues to move southward. Not much to complain about given what NSW is going through, our thoughts are with them.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
15th February 2021: Mystery Big Mouth
Tailor, Lake TyersFor those of us who like a good yarn, it is easy to get carried away and stretch things by an inch or two, but when the photo's provided, it is hard to argue with.

This Tailor was on the line (Mar 2018, thanks David Y), fighting vigorously and being hauled in. Suddenly there was a big run, and it just went heavy. Once the fish was landed it was easy to see why. Some much bigger fish with a mighty bite had helped itself to a snack. Most likely a much bigger Tailor, or is there something more sinister in the lake? Bream have been landed in a similar condition.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
3rd February 2021: Big tailor abound
Tailor, Lake TyersThere was a a discussion about the Mulloway fingerlings that were released a few years ago. We have only seen one Mulloway caught that has been documented by a TV fishing show. This catch was most likely a trapped juvenile that had grown a bit in the lake. It was unlikely to be one of the fingerlings. However Tailor have been the prolific big fighting fish of Lake Tyers this year.

The accompanying photograph of a recent catch shows what you might have to deal with if you hook onto one.  These fish are common in the lake, with numbers varying from year to year. Every now and then though there seems to be a bumper crop of large tackle crunching Tailor. This maybe related to the higher lake levels this summer which are unusual. (We have not had high lake levels over summer for 10-15 years, the summer levels are usually low as the lake is refilling after opening in the previous winter.) Even in years when we have had higher rainfall and the lake has opened in winter-spring, it has meant the lake closes over by about December and remains pretty low over summer. It is a rare set of circumstances when we get enough rain to fill the lake to just below over flowing, like now, but not get enough for it to break through and empty.

We have have had 50mm over the last few days in a three heavy downpours. We will have to see if it is enough to break it out. The rain will have to raise the lake by about 90cm to do it.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
30th January 2021: Two familiar faces?
Trent Davis with a nice Flathead, Lake TyersTrent Davis is a popular poster on Facebook and would be well known to many local and visiting anglers. The 95cm Flathead could also be as well known with the catch and release operating so successfully at Lake Tyers. The serious anglers abide by this rule and have themselves contributed to building one of the best sporting lakes for Flathead in this country.

If the photos of the heads of the Flathead caught were collected I would guess it would be possible to give the Flathead names as well, they could become as famous as Trent (maybe!). If people send me a clear photo of the head of their Flathead catches (info@laketyersbeach.net.au) and a suggested name, I will publish them so others can look them up. First person in with a particular fish will get naming rights, and subsequent catches will have their photo and catcher's name will be listed with that fish. It could give us a good idea how many are caught and released successfully.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
26th January 2021: Really fishing locally
David Ray with a 42cm Bream, Lake TyersIt would appear to many a bank fisher that the bigger the boat, the further one goes and the quicker one gets there, the bigger the fish caught. Well they might take comfort in David Ray's catch off the bank between the Tavern car park and Number Two Boat Ramp.

This healthy 42cm Bream specimen was landed by David on a beautiful day at Lake Tyers Beach. Now that the Australia Day Holiday is over and the kiddies and teachers are all heading back to school (along with the bus drivers, lollipop marshalls and tuck shop people), the waters will continue to quieten down. Drop in and see if you can match David's skill.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
24th January 2021: Welcome back
Rob with very healthy Bream at Lake TyersBream are on the go with plenty of reports of people bagging out. There is a bit of black weed on the bottom at the moment so probably avoid sinkers dragging your bait into it and fish light-weight. Stick to the edges higher up. Prawns appear to be the go. Avoid the supermarket prawns and go to a reliable bait shop, the last thing we need is White Spot down here from over there. Better still, just buy some off the trawlers fresh, and freeze what you don't need for your own supply chain. That is what we really mean by "local Prawn".

Big Flathead have been taking soft lures since early November and the large number of these exciting fish you will find in the lake is a testimony to the slot size. Our big breeding females are critical to keeping our stocks up and we should look after them. People are supporting their fish for their Trophy Photos these days (Check out Neil Simpson on Facebook) rather than doing the dead-man hanging trick. The churning of the waters over Xmas-NY has subsided, and now is the time for slowing down, so if you like a fish, a feed and fine beer then consider the Tavern while you are in town.

If you like to live dangerously, go for a trawl for Tailor, there are some 70-90cm jet propelled monsters out there.
Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

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