Fishing Report 15th April 2021
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Fishing Report 15th April 2021

Photo: Zachery Taylor with a great example of a very Healthy Cressbrook Yellow Belly

Lure Of The Week - Megabass Mag Draft

Megabass Magdraft
The product of countless hours of research and development, the Megabass Magdraft Swimbait delivers unique design and big fish attraction all rolled into one incredibly realistic package. Molded around an internal harness, the Megabass Magdraft Swimbait eliminates the ripping and tearing that can be caused by inserts and provides direct connection to the bait.

Utilizing Megabass’ Maghold technology, the Megabass Magdraft Swimbait features a super-strong magnet that hugs the treble hook close to the body of the bait. This streamlined presentation allows the Megabass Magdraft to move through snaggy areas with less chance of getting hung-up and also hides hardware from discerning predators.

Equipped with a tournament-grade swivel as well, the Megabass Magdraft Swimbait eliminates a fish’s ability to use the bait as leverage, resulting in a higher hook-to-land ratio. On the sides, the Megabass Magdraft Swimbait is fitted with two side fins that act as weedguards and help stabilize the action at high speeds.

As lifelike as they come, the Megabass Magdraft Swimbait features 3-D eyes and comes in a number of highly detailed pours that will match-the-hatch perfectly. Combining the advanced engineering of a hardbait with the smooth movement of a softbait, the Megabass Magdraft Swimbait delivers an ultra-realistic presentation that outperforms all the rest.

Find them here: Megabass Mag Draft

Fishing Our Region

Dam levels for this week. Please note while the levels are current at time of the report, levels will still be rising and falling depending on weather activity & these percentages will change on a daily basis:
Cooby - %
Cressbrook - 31.5%
Leslie  - 28.1%
Coolmunda  -  100.26%
Glenlyon  - 53.4%
Copeton - 40.5%
Moogerah - 42.4%
Maroon - 97.2%
Somerset Dam - 79.9%
Wivenhoe Dam - 40.5%

 

Cooby Dam - Lake Cooby remains CLOSED for all boating and fishing activities due to Cylindrospermopsin levels exceeding the recreational water guidelines. Each week water is tested to ensure it meets safety standards for recreational activity (direct contact without water treatment). Cylindrospermopsin toxins have decreased to 0.5 g/L and this needs to be under 0.5. Enterococci levels have once again risen and are currently measuring 40 cfu/100ml (colony-forming units per millilitre) and must reduce to 35 cfu/100ml before we open the lake. Hopefully once the recent rain is settled we see this lake re open.

Cressbrook Dam - There has been some great results the last week, a lot of local anglers getting amongst the fish, the main basin is holding suspended scattered fish, the Cressbrook Creek arm is holding good numbers of schooled fish, targeting the schools with spoons and Hot Bite Spectre vibration jigs has been the key to success, of an early morning there has been good signs of fish moving shallow and willing to eat, suspending lures like the jackal squirrel has had great success.

Somerset Dam - Back on track from previous weeks, fished consistent with the great weather at the moment, the southern part of pelican point and out from red rock is holding some great fish. Trolling the edge of the old creek bed has seen consistent catches. Smak hardbodies along with little rippers have produced. The casting anglers have had success on large crankbaits like the Imakatsu IK800 and also Hot Bite Spectre's.

Boondooma Dam - A little less fish activity on the lake that has fished so well for so long, stilll good fishing to be had just the bite windows have been short, with the temperature dramatically dropping we seen the edge bite decrease a little, the fish are still in numbers off the creek bed in the main basin and through out the Narrow stretch, targeting the deeper water has been key. Soft plastics and Spoons being the lure of choice. The afternoon bite has been the most productive when the water temp is as the highest for the day.

Leslie Dam - Good reports this week after the recent rain, as the water clears day by day the fishing quality is getting better. The bait anglers are having the majority of the excitement, Saltwater yabbies and live worms being there go too, for the other anglers fishing noisy reaction baits have worked well for some good cod, Larger Spinnerbaits, Mumblers and bigger lipless crankbaits have been the key to success. Targeting the flooded grassy banks searching for active fish will be your best bet.

Copeton Dam  - We are coming into the prime time for this big cod lake, as the water begins to clear and the running water slows we are seeing good fish being landed, the majority of the fish have been caught in the gwyder river, look for back eddys where the larger fish can sit in ambush. Again noisy baits like mumblers and spinnerbaits will be your best bet till the water clears. In the main basin there's been good fish around, targeting the shallower banks with swimbaits and Topwaters is the best techqnique for clearer water.

Lake Awoonga - Very promising signs for Awoonga considering the weather change, with the cooler nights during the day has fished well, working bite times around the high and low tide has been the difference from a good session to a bad session. Casting the ever faithful Jackall Squirrel 79 and the new 115 super Squirrel has worked wonders, fishing slow with plenty of pauses is key. Theres still big fish about in the basin on the weedy points, targeting these fish with big plastics like the molix 140 or zerek live mullet always proves productive. 
For some time we havn't seen much topwater action on this lake but with consistent water levels we are hearing good reports starting to come in. Targeting wind blown shallow bays with weed is your best chance.

 

Tip For The Week

The fishing almanac can be your best friend with Impoundment Barra as these fish thrive on different cycles of moon and tidal fazes, High and Low tide along with moon above head or below can be a couple of the best times to target these fish. Putting all these factors into your trip can be worth it in every way and make your chances of landing that fish of a life time even more achievable!

The Weather

Toowoomba Region - 7 Day Forecast
15th April 2021 Weather Forecast

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