As the Murray River
heads towards the sea, it enters Lake Alexandria and from there divides into five channels leading towards the Murray Mouth
which is an opening to the Southern Ocean. The waters either enter the Southern Ocean or mix with the waters of the Coorong which is a coastal lagoon about 2 to 3kms wide and is around 140kms long.
The Murray Mouth
is a unique place because the shoreline can drastically change overnight depending on tidal movements and wind. The area can be accessed by 4WD by driving along the beach from Goolwa
Beach or from one of the southern access points such as Tea Tree Crossing near Salt Creek.
The Murray Mouth
area is renowned for its monster Mulloway
fishing. When the Murray River
levels need to be lowered, there is a great phenomenon that happens when the freshwater barrage that contains the Murray Basin is opened. The outflow of dead fish and organisms attract huge schools of Mulloway
waiting just outside the Murray Mouth
for a feeding frenzy. During this time is when anglers from all parts line the shores for a chance to land a big Mulloway
- known to reach 40kgs.
During the summer months (November to the end of January), Mulloway
make their breeding migration into the Coorong. When the surf is calm, good results can be obtained by wading out and luring or bait casting beyond the breakers. You could also fish inside the Coorong and expect fair results at dusk and throughout the night.
TipsSeeking weather conditions and local knowledge is a must and fishing on the beaches and near the channel is only recommended during calm days and when the tide turns. The rips that can occur in the channel can be extremely strong and the coastline is often pounded by the Southern Ocean winds. If you are considering a night stay-over, it is wise to park as close to the Coorong side of the sand dunes as possible because the shoreline can change drastically especially during high tide.