Fishing Report 18th March 2021
Photo: Kerry Ehrlich
Lure Of The Week - Imakatsu - IK800
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Fishing Our Region
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 are currently greater than 0.6 g/L and this needs to be under 0.5. Initially, Enterococci levels caused the closure of this dam, but the bacteria levels have reduced in recent weeks.
Cressbrook Dam - Lake Cressbrook 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 are currently at 0.7 g/L and this needs to be under 0.5. While the toxins have reduced in recent weeks, the warm weather in the last couple of days has caused further delay in opening. We're hopeful the toxin level will improve in the near future.
Leslie Dam - We have seen some good rain over the last week and has already changed what the fish have been doing, the fish have moved off the creek bed and taking advantage of the little rise in water , the lake was very tough fishing over the past few weeks and already this week we have seen some good fish caught, the local bank fisherman have had good success of an afternoon targeting the deeper banks with saltwater yabbies. For the lure fisherman targeting the edges with TN70's and soft vibes has worked well for some great yellow belly while the cod have been on the move aswell, fishing similar areas with large Chatterbaits and swimbaits have also been effective
Boondooma Dam - Consistent reports from Boondooma, everything from surface to deep water schooled fish this lake has had it all, a fantastic edge bite is what most of the anglers are getting excited about. The Saratoga have been on the bite and taking a liking to a great range of baits, from surface baits to deep water spinnerbaits, targeting spindly trees in both the Stuart arm and Boyne arm, Suspending Jerkbaits like the Jackall squirrel is another great option that these fish will not resist.
Somerset Dam - Very little change over the past week, The Southern end of Pelican Point is holding massive amounts of fish that have been willing to bite, The Hot Bite Spectre and Slider Grubs have been the most successful bait, wind drifting and covering ground is key when tagreting these schooled up pressured fish. Another successful tool is trolling, there has been good results with this technique throughout the week, keeping your light tight to the bottom is key. The Smak and Little Rippler Range of hardbodies have been the go too for this technique.
Moogerah Dam - Some very productive fishing happening at Moogerah at the present with same great fish caught, the dam is getting quite low so it does minimize the area to fish unfortunately. The deeper flats beofre the timber seems to be the go too area, the best method has been casting Tn60's and Chatterbaits like the Hot bite Spectre, targeting the standing timber on these flats has been very successful.
Copeton Dam - The time of year is upon us, recent rain and it still continues to fall, mark our word this winter will be one of the best! A rise in water level can only mean one thing, and that's topwater and swimbait madness. These fish will push super shallow as the water rises and hunt down bait. Fishing the shallow flats with 2 particular lures, The Mudye Rattle Snake comes into its own as the weather cools off and ever faithful Jackall Gantarel or Gigantarel theirs no swimbait like it and they continue to prove hard to beat. These baits are a must if your heading to copeton or any other Murray Cod Lake this winter.