SOMERSET DAM – This dam has been producing some consistent fish over the past few weeks. The water is not as disturbed as many of the other dams so it is more settled and so are the fish. Most of the fish are still being caught in 10 – 15 feet of water using blades, ice jigs and soft jackals. Some bigger models have been particularly falling for soft jackals in shallower water earlier in the morning as they look for food in the warmer water. Later in the day head a little deeper for best results. Searching around the points in 10-15 feet of water should find you some small schools of bass where you can concentrate your efforts. Pelican Point, Poly point and bay 13 are good starting areas. The two best reports from this dam were a 63 cm yellow belly caught near brads bank trolled up on a purple blitz baga and a 54cm bass from pelican point using a blade and jigged.
BORUMBA DAM – There has been some inconsistent weather patterns around the dam and surrounding areas and as a result some extra water has found its way into the dam causing it to become unclear and murky. The good news is that it is starting to clear up in the upper reaches where consistent catches of bass around the junction of Kingham and yabba have been reported. Fishing the steeper points in these creeks with lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits have seen plenty of fish being landed. Also try up close around the weed edges and timber for good results. The toga are still hit and miss as they are still in a breeding pattern. These fish are mouth brooders and keep their young in their mouth until they are ready to survive on their own. This means that they are unlikely to open their mouth to take a lure while they are in this pattern. Having said that, a nice 71cm fish was landed during the week. The best bass recorded was 49cm with plenty of smaller fish reported.
LAKE MACDONALD – A fish during the howling winds of the weekend made it difficult and uncomfortable at times but the fish were still biting. The bubblers and Botanical Gardens produced 30 – 40 smaller fish with the average around 30cm and the largest being 42cm to the tails tips. A quick trip down the 3 ways produced 3 fish of better quality, all around the 45cm mark. The use of smaller blades (40mm), spinnerbaits, soft jackals and a mixture of plastics (gulp jigging grubs, atomic guzzlers and squidgies) rigged on ¼ oz jigheads did the trick across the day. Casting to and through the edge of weed beds and jigging small schools were very effective throughout the day.
RIVERS – After the recent rains many of the dams have spilled over which means that the recipient rivers below are now housing the fish that once frequented the dam above. This is great for us who like to fish the tranquil and often picturesque rivers in QLD’s south east. Coonoowrin creek in the Glasshouse Mountains has produced a few smaller fish around the 35cm mark on surface fizzers and jitterbugs. Mooloolah River near Ewen Maddock dam has seen more consistent catches and better quality, mostly on spinnerbaits and surface lures. The standout river this week is the creek/river that runs off Wivenhoe dam where reports are that a prominent bass fisho slayed around 20 bass and 15 nice yellas on spinnerbaits and soft jackals.
Hope this helps,