Winter Mondy fishing at its best
  |  First Published: August 2016

The previous months have produced some of the best winter’s fishing I’ve seen to date. The water temperature has been hovering at around 20°C, and the barra have been active.

Through these cooler months, the barra school up in big numbers, making them an easy target and persistence has been the key in getting them to bite. When these barra do bite, it’s not uncommon to get multiple bites and hook-ups throughout the session. Slow rolling soft plastics and suspending hardbody minnows have also been the key to tempting these barra into a bite.

August and September are great months to target barra, and normally these two months are associated with northerly winds for weeks at a time. These northerly winds bring warm weather and in turn, boost the water temperature by a few degrees, triggering our barra into feed mode.

If you get the chance to head out this way, don’t hesitate to contact me on what’s been happening on the lake, the more info you can get the better, especially if it’s your first visit.


Jackall Squirrels and Jackall Smash Minnows have been by far the most successful lures at Lake Monduran for a few years now. The reason these lures are so dominant is that they have a really tight vibrating action at a very slow retrieve rate.

Secondly, they are about the size of the baitfish these barra are feeding on. On a number of occasions when boating a barra, they’ve spat out baitfish, and these fish have all been between 50-100mm long.

Thirdly, they have natural looking colours. If you can’t source these lures in your local area, you can purchase them here at our Holiday Park office/tackleshop, or if you want to get your hands on them straight away, we can send them to you.

I have also used these Jackalls in our local estuaries and found them to be very successful on mangrove jack, threadies and flathead, so it’s worthwhile having them in your tackle box at all times for any situation.

Sips scheme price rises

New stocked impoundment permit fees have been implemented as of the 1st of July 2016. A yearly adult permit will now cost you $50 per person and a weekly will cost you $10. Pensioner discounts are still available at $36 per year. Anyone 18 years of age and over must have one. This is a big price rise on previous years, and I hope it doesn’t deter anyone wanting to target impoundment fish.

The bright side to this permit increase is that we should see a substantial rise in funds that will go directly towards replenishing our fish stocks. The best way to obtain your permit is online by visiting https://www.qld.gov.au>activities>dams, alternatively you can purchase your permit from any post office or you can get one here at the Lake Monduran Holiday Park Office/Tackleshop.

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