It’s all about fishing options
Spend the day fishing and enjoy the chance of nailing a top feed.
On the Southern end of Emu Park is Coorooman Creek. Nothing but boat ramp access to the creek, the spot itself is perfect for a picnic and a fish from the pontoon if you only have access to rods and reels. You can fish from the shore or the mudbanks but remember to keep an eye out for crocodiles. Recent sightings, medium and large crocs (estimated, 5 metres) have been seen in this area.
If you have a boat, you’ll be pleased to know that as with most of the creeks around the Capricorn Coast, the mouth of Coorooman Ck is made up of a number of sandy flats and sandbars cut through by a myriad of channels. Many of these sandy areas contain yabbie beds, and as such are also a great place to fish.
Along the flats, you will find Whiting, Bream, Flathead and Salmon feeding on the high tides, while at low tide these fish patrol the edges of the channels waiting for the water to move onto the flats again. Naturally the best bait to use here is live yabbies, however, live or fresh prawns, herring and mullet can also be very effective.
On the northern side of these flats is a small sandy bay that is full of fallen trees known as “The Timbers”. The snags come out a considerable distance from the shore and become home to a lot of different fish species including Bream, Grunter, Jacks, Salmon, Fingermark and big Barra. Fishing this area with live baits or lures cast around the snags is the most popular method, and at the right times, the fishing can be unbelievable. The best tides to fish this area are the larger tides as the water pushes right up into the snags and the baitfish try to hide among the fallen timber.
The system consists of three main separate creeks that share a common mouth. Coorooman Creek itself is the southernmost of these three creeks, with Cawarral Creek to the North being the longest. Emu Park Creek, which runs off Cawarral Creek, is the shortest of the three. Confused yet? Cawarral Creek contains a number of rocky bars that remain just underwater on low tide. They begin near at the junction of Emu Park Creek and continue for some way up the creek. These rocks have claimed many unsuspecting boaties and destroyed many props. On the plus side though, these rocks provide great structure and many fish can be found amongst the rocks. Either a sounder or local knowledge is vital if you plan on fishing in this area without doing any damage to your boat.
To get to Coorooman Creek, at the large roundabout on Emu Park Road, turn south into the Hartley Street exit. Continue to Svendsen’s Road (shop on the corner). Travel almost to the end of Svendsens Road, turn right at the sign to the boat ramp. The last 4 kilometres is gravel, all weather, but sometimes needs a good grade. If you’ve come into another estate (Keppel Cove) then you’ve gone too far. There is a small overnight stay at the boat ramp suited to fully self-contained vehicles and vans. There is no charge for the use of this facility, so if you are staying at this site help keep it clean and take your rubbish with you.