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Lake Macquarie Fishing

Lake Macquarie Fishing

Lake Macquarie is a saltwater lagoon in New South Wales, Australia that has a surface area of 42.5 square miles. The channels Swansea Channel and Lake Entrance connect this lagoon to the sea. There are bridges that can lift to allow yachts and other boats passage between the lagoon and the sea. Lake Macquarie has small sandy islets with some of them located near the mouth of the lagoon. The average depth of Lake Macquarie is 26 feet, and the maximum depth is 49 feet. The Awabakal people lived in this area for thousands of years and referred to the lagoon as "Awaba," meaning "plain surface." Captain William Reid made an accidental landing in 1800 when he mistook the area as Hunter River. It was nicknamed Reids Mistake until being named after Governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1826.

Lake Macquarie fishing could deliver Australian Salmon, Bluefish, Bream, Dusky Flathead, Luderick, Mulloway, Sand Whiting or Yellowtail Kingfish. The Swansea Channel is a good area to target Bream, Dusky Flathead, Luderick and Whiting. When the weather is cooler, Australian Salmon like to hang out in the channel. Yellowtail Kingfish are commonly found near the bridge and the area where the channel connects to the lagoon. There are artificial reefs in the lagoon to boost Lake Macquarie fishing opportunities. You can go fishing here any time of the year.

Nearshore fishing around Lake Macquarie can produce good mackerel and snapper much of the year. Further offshore you will find lots of tuna and billfish. Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, and Swordfish are not uncommon, making Lake Macquarie fishing some of the best in the world.



Lake Macquarie Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Lake Macquarie, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Nannygai

  2. Nannygai

    There is a 63.34% catch rate for Nannygai, based on 2307 Nannygai counted.

    Lake Macquarie Nannygai Counts Chart
    Nannygai

    ENLARGE LAKE MACQUARIE NANNYGAI COUNTS CHART


  3. Stout Whiting

  4. Stout Whiting

    There is a 13.34% catch rate for Stout Whiting, based on 486 Stout Whiting counted.

    Lake Macquarie Stout Whiting Counts Chart
    Stout

    ENLARGE LAKE MACQUARIE STOUT WHITING COUNTS CHART


  5. Yellowfin Bream

  6. Yellowfin Bream

    There is a 11.67% catch rate for Yellowfin Bream, based on 425 Yellowfin Bream counted.

    Lake Macquarie Yellowfin Bream Counts Chart
    Yellowfin

    ENLARGE LAKE MACQUARIE YELLOWFIN BREAM COUNTS CHART


  7. Australasian Snapper

  8. Australasian Snapper

    There is a 3.32% catch rate for Australasian Snapper, based on 121 Australasian Snapper counted.

    Lake Macquarie Australasian Snapper Counts Chart
    Australasian

    ENLARGE LAKE MACQUARIE AUSTRALASIAN SNAPPER COUNTS CHART


  9. Bluefish

  10. Bluefish

    There is a 2.94% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 107 Bluefish counted.

    Lake Macquarie Bluefish Counts Chart
    Bluefish

    ENLARGE LAKE MACQUARIE BLUEFISH COUNTS CHART


  11. Gummy Shark

  12. Gummy Shark

    There is a 1.81% catch rate for Gummy Shark, based on 66 Gummy Shark counted.

    Lake Macquarie Gummy Shark Counts Chart
    Gummy

    ENLARGE LAKE MACQUARIE GUMMY SHARK COUNTS CHART


  13. Great White Shark

  14. Great White Shark

    There is a 1.46% catch rate for Great White Shark, based on 53 Great White Shark counted.

    Lake Macquarie Great White Shark Counts Chart
    Great

    ENLARGE LAKE MACQUARIE GREAT WHITE SHARK COUNTS CHART


  15. Striped Mullet

  16. Striped Mullet

    There is a 0.74% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 27 Striped Mullet counted.

    Lake Macquarie Striped Mullet Counts Chart
    Striped

    ENLARGE LAKE MACQUARIE STRIPED MULLET COUNTS CHART


  17. Dusky Flathead

  18. Dusky Flathead

    There is a 0.44% catch rate for Dusky Flathead, based on 16 Dusky Flathead counted.

    Lake Macquarie Dusky Flathead Counts Chart
    Dusky

    ENLARGE LAKE MACQUARIE DUSKY FLATHEAD COUNTS CHART


  19. Swordfish

  20. Swordfish

    There is a 0.3% catch rate for Swordfish, based on 11 Swordfish counted.

    Lake Macquarie Swordfish Counts Chart
    Swordfish

    ENLARGE LAKE MACQUARIE SWORDFISH COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 21 species of fish and 3642 fish counted for May around Lake Macquarie.

To date, there are 57 species of fish and a total of 81255 fish counted for Lake Macquarie and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1878 (146 years).

Last Update: 5/23/2024 9:16:33 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Lake Macquarie are the following:

  1. Belmont Barge
    Belmont Barge


  2. Shingle Splitters Point
    Shingle Splitters Point is located in Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia that provides good Whiting and Dusky Flathead fishing. It is a popular recreational area tha


  3. Artificial Reef
    Artificial Reef


  4. Fig Tree Point
    Fig Tree Point can hold trophy Lake Macquarie Dusky Flathead.


  5. Newcastle Offshore Reef
    Newcastle Offshore Reef is approximately 3.5 km north-east of the Swansea bar and offshore from Blacksmith’s Beach. Two single steel pinnacle reef towers of the dimens


  6. Lake Macquarie 1


  7. Redhead Hole
    Redhead Hole


  8. Swansea FAD


  9. Soldiers Point


  10. Macquaries Reef
    Macquaries Reef


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Top Lake Macquarie Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Fishermans Warehouse Tackleworld
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  2. Dinga Fishing Tackle Store
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  3. Efishnsea Bait Supplies
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  4. Tackle Power
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Top Lake Macquarie Fishing Charters & Guides

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Top Lake Macquarie Marinas

  1. Wyee Point Marina
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