On The Water


The waters around Tuross Head offer a veritable playground for anglers of all passions. Lakes, estuaries, rocks, beaches and offshore opportunities ensure that your preference is catered for... you just need to choose your target and your tackle.  
  • Our local waters — hover to pause, click to open
  • Facilities — hover to pause, click to open
  • Tuross fishing spots — hover to pause, click to open
  Whilst our offshore waters seasonally boast the full spectrum of game fish expected in our part of the world (including marlin, yellow- and bluefin tuna, mahi-mahi, yellowtail kingfish, etc. etc. etc.), our Fishing Club regularly focuses on the sportfish that are more accessible for our general membership. You’ll find details of the species our Club most actively chases by clicking here, and details of some local fishing spots kindly shared by our members are shown in the animation above. Feel free to click on these maps to open them for printing... and if you just want to have a look, simply hover your mouse over the image to pause the slide.
 

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Tuross River: The Tuross River estuary forms a complex network of channels that supports a wide range of wildlife, especially birds. The entire estuary is classified as a Recreational Fishing Haven (RFH), so commercial fishing is NOT permitted. There’s great fishing to be had in picturesque surroundings, especially when the dusky flathead are on! The Fishing Club encourages catch and release of large female flathead to ensure our breeding stocks are maintained. Fishing for salmon and whiting is good family fun from the sandy banks at the entrance to the river.

Boat hire, bait and tackle is available at the famous Boatshed Café. Tackle is also available at the Tuross Head Service Station.

Boat Ramps: Tuross Lake has a double lane concrete boat ramp (off Nelson Parade) which provides access from the northern side of the Tuross River. Another ramp is located adjacent to the highway bridge that crosses the river south of the Tuross Head turn off. There is also a private ramp in the Tuross Lakeside Tourist Park. There is a map showing boat ramp locations at the top of this page.

Coila Lake: This lake is on the north side of Tuross, where some of the biggest black Bream in NSW can be found, along with other species. It is shallow, so caution is needed. Two sand/gravel ramps for small boats are available to access Coila Lake, one at the end of Foam Street and one via the Kyla Recreation Park. Again, these are shown in the map at the top of the page.

Beach and Rock Fishing: Beaches are popular especially for families, as the kids can run and play while parents wet a line. Tuross has a number of beaches, with Coila being popular for salmon, bream and tailor. They all fish well from time to time and some beaches offer a little wind protection. If rock fishing, please do so when seas are low, make sure that you are adjacent to an Angel Ring, fish with a mate, wear a life jacket and take care. Angel ring locations can be found here.

Offshore Fishing: For those with offshore boats, passage can be made through the Tuross bar, BUT only on very good days. However, the safest boat ramps to use are at Moruya and Narooma. Both have a bar to cross so caution is also needed. A marine radio service operates at Moruya while Marine Rescue is located at Narooma for marine radio contact, it is recommended that you log on and off with Marine Rescue by radio or their smartphone app. Tuross also has a Marine Rescue Unit (44738111).

There are numerous offshore reefs available to fish, from Broulee Island to Narooma where good fishing can be found. Tuross is in the Batemans Bay Marine Park so collect a map if you are not familiar with the few sanctuary zones that apply in Coila Lake and outside.

 

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