Fish Report - 12th June 2014

The weather around the Bundaberg area has been very ordinary but is expected to improve for the weekend. The full moon is Friday, so it might be a chance to have a go on the north wall as some quality bream are just starting to run along most rock bars.

The Burnett River is a fantastic location to catch a wide range of species. At the moment, pelagics like mackerel and tuna are in large numbers around the mouth, being caught on both bait and lures. Spanish and grey mackerel and long-tail tuna up to 10kg have been giving local young anglers good sport on light gear. A few barra, jacks and jew and blue salmon are being caught from the mouth right up to the barrage on both live baits and lures.

The Kolan River is another good option at this time of the year. There have been good reports of large grunter and flathead in the deeper channels around the new mouth and still some nice jack and bream off the rock bars further up the river. Best baits have been mullet fillets and fresh live yabbies doing the damage. A mate and I went for a fish in the fresh on Monday afternoon and we managed to catch a small barra, as well as a few big catfish.

Fishing at Lake Gregory has slowed a little but most anglers are managing to land a few nice bass, mainly from the edges by slow rolling soft plastics and spinnerbaits. The fish that were schooled up out in the middle have been scattered but I’m sure they will school up again as the weather cools down.

Lake Monduran near Gin Gin is still fishing well. Although the days are starting to get cooler and the water temperature is currently ay 21-22 degrees, the barra have remained active. Most of the hot fishing has been on shallow, sandy points with wind and current flow directly onto it. Any suspending lures around the 100mm mark have been working best. Just keep in mind that if you see one or two boats fishing in an area on the dam that you were going to fish, either find another point or slow down about 200 or 300 metres out and use and electric motor to try to make as little noise as possible. By doing this everybody is happy and more barra are caught.

Don’t forget, the VMR Bundaberg Family Fishing Classic is on at the end of this month – 27th, 28th and 29th of June. You can register online at or you can pick up an entry at Tackle World Bundaberg until 25th June. The major prizes this year are two boats valued at $24,000 –a 4.1m side console boat, 40hp outboard and boat trailer and a 4.1 open boat, 30hp outboard and boat trailer. There is also over $20,000 worth of other lucky draw prizes to be won. It’s a great family comp, so get your entry in.

Fish with confidence,
Dale Smith