Fish Report - Cania Dam

Due to the bad weather, rain, wind, flooding, etc over the past few months, the fishing in the local Bundaberg area has improved only slightly in the last few weeks. It is improving slowly, but we thought’s we’d feature a popular freshwater fishing spot – Cania Dam, near Monto.

Work mate and fishing buddy, Gary Leather and I decided to do an overnight trip to pre-fish Cania before an upcoming round of the Bass Electric Tournament. Cania is at 100% capacity after all the rain, and this we wanted to see!

So, we left Bundaberg early on the Saturday morning for the 2.5 hour journey and booked into the caravan park when we arrived. This place is fantastic for all the family.

A quick set-up of the boat, rig all the lines, and off for a fish on the dam. As we drove over the hill to the boat ramp, we couldn’t help but notice the huge amount of water. At 100%, all we could say was “Wow”! This is the first time this dam has ever been full since the day it was built and it was a sight to see. We were excited and could not get the boat into the water quick enough. The first thing Gary said was “Where do we start fishing?” Well, it didn’t take long – with the Humminbird Fishfinder with side scan we found schools of bass on most of the points leading into the bays.

Now to catch a bass! Using the electric motor, we travelled over a point loaded with bass and proceeded to catch one bass after another by slow-rolling Jackalls and Blades. Then things slowed a little and I said to Gary “Lures with no noise might be the go.” We put on some soft plastics and BANG! Bass after bass again! What a day! Twenty plus bass up to about 40cm.

Back to the camp, a feed, a beer and a sleep, ready for the next day. Up and at ‘em! Gaz and I put the boat back in and headed back up to our bass spot. Within a couple of casts the bass were on. Even a couple of yellowbelly were caught over the next few hours, all on Blades and Jackalls.

Then it was time to pack up and head for Bundy once again. We had caught 41 bass and two yellowbelly for the weekend and we were stoked. All the way home, all we could say was “How good is Cania!”

Till next time,
Tim Mulhall