The Mallacoota Inlet is a Recreational Fishing Area. A Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence is required and these may be obtained at the Caltex Service Station. Try one of the four fishing platforms (Map 1 – G6) which were funded by The Futurefish Foundation, or throw a line from a beach, the wharf, a boat, or a secluded lakeside spot. You may catch flathead, snapper, whiting, tailor, luderick, garfish, mulloway, bass, bream and salmon
Boating, Windsurfing, Kayaking and Canoeing: The Mallacoota lake system is best enjoyed by using a boat or a canoe. The Mallacoota Inlet is an estuarine system consisting of two lakes. The Bottom Lake is connected to the sea at the southern end and by an attractive water way called the Narrows to the Top Lake which is fed by the Genoa and Wallagaraugh Rivers. The system is easily navigated from Mallacoota to Gipsy Point which is approximately 1km downstream from the confluence of the Wallagaraugh River with the Genoa River.
There are a number of “arms” connected to other minor waterways, bays and bights providing approximately 320km of lake-shoreline, most of which is part of the
Croajingolong National Park (a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve). The system is a canoeist’s delight. The Betka River is most suitable for canoeists.
Windsurfing and Sailing: The lake system provides the ideal venue for all standards of wind surfers and sailors.
BOAT RAMPS: There are four established boat ramps.
A river access ramp is at Gipsy Point (Map 2 A2). Two Bottom Lake ramps, one at Main Wharf (Map 1 G7) other at Karbeethong Jetty (Map 1 E7).
Ocean access ramp is at Bastion Point (Map 1 G13).
Before setting out from Bastion Point, boat operators are reminded to refer to the safety requirements administered by Gippsland Ports and the Mallacoota Coast Guard (see below). Marine information is available at the local service stations.
Mallacoota Coast Guard VF15 for emergencies at sea. Boats with marine radios call on VHF 16, 81 or 27Meg 88; If no radio, phone 5158 0145, 5158 0597; if no response call 000. Always check: correct safety equipment is on board as well as sufficient fuel and water. Weather forecast and ask about local conditions. If a change is coming, get in early.