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Lake Fishing In Australia- Fish Species

Updated on April 16, 2012

Lake Fishing

Fishing is a very big pasttime here in Australia ,Sea fishing , beach fishing and Lake fishingand there are many species of fish here . Most of Australia's fish species are marine. More than 4400 species of fish inhabit Australia's waterways so there is plenty of choice!

Make sure you have tha approriate fishing licences for each place you fish at as well as checking the rules for sizes of fish you are allowed to catch.

What ever your taste, trout fishing or want to go after the big barra there is something to suit everyone here who enjoys fishing.Lake species include bass, trout, catfish, perch, pickerel, northern pike, muskellunge, sturgeon, walleye and salmon.

Make sure the lake you plan to fish has been stocked with fish first so you don't waste your time and when you get to the lake, take a good look at around and locate any lily pads, logs, or large rocks where fish may be hiding so you have a better chance of catching s fish

As we are traveling up north soon I have been looking for great spots to visit when we get up there & came across Lake Argyle which looks beautiful to take our boat out on for fishing so I thought I would highlight Lake fishing ,lake fishing tips as well as some nice Lakes around Australia to visit .

I lived by Wallis Lake and Smiths Lake for years so have to mention them!There are too many lakes to mention in one hub so if I have missed out your favourite fishing lake please tell me about in in the comments section below.

We were over there recently so I took a pile of photos for any hubs I might do on various subjects .

Fishing in Forster

Took this photo a few weeks ago.
Took this photo a few weeks ago.

Wallis Lake

At the entrance to the magnificent Wallis Lake on either side of the Wallamba River is Forster/Tuncurry. The lake itself is 25km long and 9km wide with many picnic areas and water access points scattered around its shores. Wallis Lake is fed by four rivers, the Wallamba, Wallingat, Coolongolook and Wang Wauk .It is great for family fishing as well as other activities.

Wallis Lake

Smiths Lake

Smiths Lake

Lake Argyle

Great for fishing
Great for fishing

Lake Argyle

Lake Argyle is located 70 kilometres from Kununurra in Western Australia's Kimberley region and is Australia's second largest artificial lake by volume.

We will be going here in a few weeks time & as it is 8 times the size of Sydney h\harbour we won't get to explore all of it.

Massive Lake Argyle is one of the most spectacular attractions in Western Australia offering boat cruising, fishing and an abundance of native animals and birds including fresh water croccodiles !

Fishing at Lake Kununurra

lake Argyle

Lake Eildon

Brown trout, rainbow trout, redfin, perch, Murray cod, roach, tench, and carp are some of the species that can be caught around Lake Eildon and local rivers.
Brown trout, rainbow trout, redfin, perch, Murray cod, roach, tench, and carp are some of the species that can be caught around Lake Eildon and local rivers.

Lake Eildon


Lake Eildon and the  district is one of Australia's most popular freshwater fishing destinations. It's proximity to Melbourne also make it a preferred location for Angling Club Competitions.

Brown trout, rainbow trout, redfin, perch, Murray cod, roach, tench, and carp are some of the species that can be caught around Lake Eildon and local rivers.

On warm, balmy, humid days, sunrise and sunset is prime barra fishing !

Local guides are available to teach Fly fishing, Course fishing or conventional bait and lure fishing, and of course boats are available for hire on Lake Eildon itself.

Lake Eildon

Lake Somerset

 Lake Somerset in Queensland is one of Australia's most popular destinations  for freshwater fishing & camping  & has everything a good lake fishery needs. It has deep water, rocky points, large flats areas, standing timber in the top half of the lake.
The average family fisho can go to Somerset Dam for the first time and be a good chance of catching fish.

Lake Somerset

Lake Gordon,Tasmania

8 creeks and rivers flow into Lake Gordon, when full, covers an area of around 48,000 hectares and is a reservoir created by the Gordon Dam on the upper reaches of the Gordon River in south-west Tasmania and fisherman  have caught and/or seen brown trout at Lake Gordon

Lake Gordon Tasmania

Lake Hume

The Murray River is right on the doorstep of Albury -Wodunga  and Lake Hume is less than 20 km away. An hour’s drive south puts you within casting distance of some of Victoria’s best trout spots, including the Mitta Mitta River, the Kiewa River and Lake Dartmouth,

Lake Hume is hard to miss, as it isabout six times bigger than Sydney Harbour. It holds big numbers of that culinary favourite of rural Australia, the redfin, as well as good populations of yellowbelly, Murray cod and trout and the best time to visit is August & September.


Lake Hume

London Lakes

 London Lakes comprises of  4,200 acres of unique high country,and  is the ultimate fly fishing experience. The two shallow lakes, Big Jim and Samuel, are very popular . Both lakes are full of  big brown trout and Samuel also has huge rainbows. According to the World Champion French fly fishing team, "you have the best tailing fishing and mayfly hatches on the planet."

Many other US and European angling experts agree that the dry fly sight fishing is the best in the world. However, fishing for "tailing fish" also is a highlight for visiting anglers.

Lake Samuel

London Lakes


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