Tuross Lake is a Recreational Fishing Haven located on the South Coast between Moruya and Narooma, about 2.5 hours’ drive from Canberra and four hours from Sydney. Tuross Lake, which is part of the Batemans Marine Park, is probably best known by anglers due to the diversity in fish habitats that it offers.
Tuross can turn on some monster flathead in very shallow water, often on surface lures intended for whiting. There are literally kilometres of shallow banks and flats in the Tuross system providing champagne surface fishing.
Big bream can be caught on the flats at the entrance, under any of the many oyster leases or deep in the snags flanking the middle and upper sections of the system. There are also more than a few very keen mulloway specialists who concentrate their efforts in this system. In amongst all this are the luderick enthusiasts who target big bronze backs along the rocky banks or reefs in the lower section. Top that off with the holiday fisho who’s keen for a feed of fresh fish and chooses Tuross for its reliability.
Tuross Head is actually a strip of land that separates Tuross Lake and Coila Lake. The town of Tuross is situated a few kilometres off the Princes Highway. While only a small township, it boasts a shopping centre, cafes and eateries, service station, boat hire, several caravan parks, camp grounds and plenty of other accommodation options.
Tuross Lake itself is quite unique for a southern estuary. Its main inflow comes from the Tuross River, which starts well up in the Kybean Range. The river’s upper reaches provide good bass fishing for those prepared to put in the effort to make the journey. There are expansive stretches of shallow sand bars interspersed with deep pools which hold the bass.
As the river reaches the lower coastal reaches, numerous estuarine lakes, such as Bumbo and Borang, join the system. Around this section, the river splits several times, making navigation a challenge. If you’re interested in exploring the upper or middle sections of the Tuross system, get a map and study it. There are lots of dead ends...
As the river gets closer to the coast, it opens into a series of basins with several large bays full of oyster leases – a favourite bream habitat – linked by channels.
Aside from the main waterway, the numerous bays, creeks, channels and mini lakes in the system mean that there’s always a quiet, protected and productive location for shore, boat or kayak-based anglers.