Stocking Eastern King prawns into Lake Tyers

As part of our Target One Million plan to get more people fishing, more often in more places, we’re stocking 15,000 wild-caught Eastern king prawns into Lake Tyers.

These prawns have been caught locally off Lakes Entrance and are ready to catch and eat straight away!

It’s welcome news for towns near East Gippsland that have been challenged by the bushfires, adding another significant boost to tourism in the region, alongside our Golden Tag competition.

Recreational fishing is worth an estimated $381 million per annum and has generated 2,422 jobs for the local Gippsland economy.

With Lake Tyers being closed to the sea for more than four years, the lake hasn’t had natural recruitment of prawns from offshore, so we’re giving mother nature a helping hand.

Prawning is an iconic fishing experience in Gippsland and a fantastic way for families to spend time together outdoors. We recommend you get out there and try it for yourself!

Prawning for beginners

Never tried prawning before? Check out these tips below:

Equipment

  • One dip net per person (make sure it has a fine mesh so the prawns can’t escape!)
  • A bucket (to keep your prized catch as you go)
  • A torch (preferably one attached to a pole that can be submerged underwater to avoid glare)
  • Waders, knee-high gumboots or shorts and booties to wade through shallow water

Method

Make sure you go after dark when the tide is out (a full moon makes this better), preferably on a warm night, with little wind to disturb the surface.

Concentrate on the sandy areas rather than the weed patches, in water no deeper than knee-height. Look for their eyes, which will glow red-pink in the torch light.

Once you find one, place the net carefully behind the prawn and move the light towards their eyes. At this point, they will spook and shoot backwards into the net. It might take a bit of practice, but try your luck and have fun!

You can also use a bait net (make sure you check the restrictions on these), up to two bait traps, a bait pump or even your hands if you’ve got quick reflexes. If you’re lucky enough to own a boat or small tinny, it can also be fun to net the prawns as they swim past.

Know before you go

Just like any other type of recreational fishing in Victoria, you will need a valid fishing licence, unless you are exempt. To buy a licence, click here.

Please also make sure you follow the rules and regulations for prawns and pay close attention to equipment rules and location restrictions (including places like Lake Tyers).