Barra putting on condition for winter
  |  First Published: April 2017

It has been a great start to autumn, with our metre-plus barra starting to fire up once again.

April and May at Lake Monduran typically produce extended and multiple bite times on barra of all sizes. This is because Monduran barra feed more aggressively in autumn to accumulate fat stores to get them through the cooler months.

And the bite doesn’t stop there. June, July and August can also provide good bite sessions, depending on the wind and temperature. If we have a mild winter and the wind is stable from one direction, there’s every chance these winter months will fish just as well as the warmer months.


When it comes to soft plastics, the stand-outs have been ZMan 4” and 6” SwimmerZ, Happy Rock Big Willies, Zerek Flat Shads and the Squidgy Pro range plastics worked with a dead slow roll.

Soft vibes such as Transams and Zerek Fish Traps have had a great deal of success at Monduran over the past few years. They are best used when you see good numbers of barra on your sounder passing beneath your boat. Just freespool your line and let your vibe hit the bottom (you should be in 2-4m of water) then jig your vibe with one or two upward jerks and let your lure hit the bottom again. Repeat the process and hang on!

A few hardbodies have dominated the scene here over the past six years, and one of them is the Hank Tune Jackall Smash Minnow, and its little brother the Squirrel. They have a very tight, vibrating action when retrieved on a dead slow roll. Rapala X-Raps have been getting outstanding results as well.


As part of the Sponsor A Barra program, we offer any angler or holidaymaker who visits Monduran the opportunity to purchase their own tagged barra. In March last year, we released 120 tagged barra from 150-180mm, and one has just been re-caught at 590mm long. It’s the first tagged fish on record at this impoundment to be re-caught, which confirms what we had always thought – that these fish when released, given the right conditions, will reach legal size in a year.

If you’d like to purchase your own tagged barra for a small cost of $20, just contact our helpful staff at Lake Monduran Holiday Park, or you can get in touch with Julie Whalley on the Sponsor A Barra Facebook Page. We also offer Brag Mats and customised shirts, with all profits going to restocking the lake.

• Our team here at Lake Monduran look forward to seeing you in the near future for some barra action. For Charter, houseboat and accommodation bookings please contact us email --e-mail address hidden-- or call us on (07) 4157 3881 or my mobile 0410 599 147. Check out my facebook page for up to date barra info, Lake Monduran Guidelines Fishing Charters.
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