Scott Lawrence puts his boat in the water at Causeway Lake and says he’s not worried that a croc measuring up to 1.8 metres has been spotted.
Scott Lawrence puts his boat in the water at Causeway Lake and says he’s not worried that a croc measuring up to 1.8 metres has been spotted. Sharyn O'Neill

Crocodile seen at fishing spot

WARNINGS have been posted at Causeway Lake after a crocodile was spotted in a popular fishing spot.

Mike Devery, a wildlife manager for the Department of Environment and Resource Management, confirmed the sighting at the weekend and said Parks and Wildlife staff were monitoring the lake.

The croc was thought to be 1.5 to 1.8 metres long.

He said Causeway Lake, an open water system with mangroves and shallow streams, was a known crocodile habitat and visitors should be "croc wise."

He said no one should swim in the lake or stand at the water's edge.

But Sharon Barton, owner of the Causeway Lake Kiosk, said yesterday the warning signs had not scared keen fishermen and other recreational users of the lake.

"A lady came into the kiosk a couple of weeks ago and told me she had seen it. It popped its head out of the water as her son cast a net.

"But since then I've not heard of any other sightings and although there are warning signs up it seems there's nothing to panic about.

"There are plenty of people in the water fishing, and plenty taking boats out," she said.

One of them, Scott Lawrence, said he was always cautious but would take more care while the warning was in place.

Scott, who lived at Pacific Heights, went fishing once a month and had seen numerous crocodiles over the years. "They're smart and watch you. My advice is don't go in at night," he said.

DERM said children should always be supervised in croc country.

"Never leave food scraps, fish frames or bait on the water's edge, near a campsite or boat ramp as this may attract crocs to the area," it advised.



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