Fish Report - 3rd March 2010

The inclement is still persisting in the local Bundaberg area, and although it is good to see all the dam levels rising, once again this has made it difficult on the fishing scene.

The Burnett River is still producing large bream around the rock walls and the occasional salmon in the deeper holes.  There are also a lot of large whiting appearing around and bars in the mid-reaches of the river. 
Baffle Creek is still running very fresh, so try fishing near the river mouth where there is a larger concentration of salt water.
Prawns are increasing in size and making it easier to net a decent feed.  The Elliott River, Baffle Creek and the Burnett River are areas to target.
Mud crabs are still running in all estuaries because of the fresh water.  Do keep in mind the bag and size limits on mud crabs.  The bag limit is ten per person and the size limit is 15cm minimum, from spike to spike across the top of the shell.
The reef fishermen have been finding it tough because of high winds and rough seas, but when there's a break in the weather, most boats have reported catches of hussar, sweetlip, parrot and spanish mackeral.
Lake Monduran has risen to 57% and is still rising.  This is the highest it’s been for many years.  Most barra have been caught around the waters edge in about three feet of water.  Obviously these fish are feeding on ground that has been freshly covered by the rising water.  Soft plastics such as Hollowbellys, Slick Rigs and the Storm Wildeye have been tempting the metre-plus barra to have a go.  With the rise of water, most of the weed beds have disappeared, so try using a shallow-diving hard-bodied lure such the Bomber and Rediy's B52 range.  Casting to the waters edge and using a slow retrieve with the occasional pause back to the boat should work.  With the water clarity being fairly dirty, I would use brighter coloured lures.
Tills next time,
Gary Leather
Tackle World Fishing Team