Fish Report - 20th February 2014

This weekend looks like estuary and impoundment fishing around the Bundaberg area will be worth a go. With the wind expected to pick up towards the end of the week, offshore fishing might be out of the question.

The boats that have found a window of opportunity to sneak out have been rewarded with good mixed reef fish and also some reports of massive bait schools with all species of mackerel and tuna on most popular marks.

The Burnett River is fishing the best it has in years. The run of grunter is still continuing on the gravel patches with fish up to 55cm. Soft plastics and Vibe-style lures have been the most effective. Anglers who have been fishing at night in the deeper holes have been rewarded with catches of river jew, threadfin salmon and barra – mainly on live-baiting. The rest of the local rivers have been producing good catches of whiting, trumpeter, barra, flathead and the occasional jack. Both soft plastics and well-presented baits have been the key. There are still reasonable reports of mud crabs and good prawns in most systems. Please take note that cast-netting is prohibited in the town reach of the Burnett River between the creek near the Rowers on the River and the western end of Harriet Island.

If you’re keen on some surface action, the Isis Impoundment (Lake Gregory) has been producing some quality bass early mornings. Once the sun rises you can target the weed edges spinnerbaiting, or work the main basin with blades and smaller plastics. This little impoundment is a top place to try different techniques and refine your skills.

Another good option of Lake Monduran with good reports on 4” soft plastics and suspending hard-body lures. The average size of the barra at the moment is around 80cm. Fishing the windward shallow points further up the dam still seems to be the most popular technique. The dam is currently sitting on 87% capacity which has killed off a lot of weed beds and lily pads, but it is now starting to show the old timber lines that used to produce in the good old days.

Till next time, fish with confidence,

Dale Smith