Bass Willing on Top
  |  First Published: November 2006

Bass will be more than willing in the upper reaches of the river in November. Saratoga and more bass will also be going hard in both MacDonald and Borumba dams.

November is a great month to chase bass and saratoga in the Sunshine Coast hinterland dams. Lake MacDonald near Cooroy is only 20 minutes or so from Noosa and it can really deliver the goods this month.

Casting small bibbed minnows around the weed beds has done the trick for me in previous Novembers. Green or purple have been good colours. These days most anglers seem to cast beetlespins, spinnerbaits or bibless rattlers. I wonder what the next fad will be?

Trollers mostly opt for extra deep minnows. Gold chrome has been a good producer over the years but almost any colour is worth a try. Following the creek bed from the dam wall adjacent to both ramps as far up the lake as you can will usually pull a few good fish. Golden perch are often caught in this way, especially in Bass Bay.

Borumba Dam, just past Imbil, is around an hour’s drive from Noosa. It is the best option for those chasing saratoga. There are lots of big bass here too and casting spinnerbaits or beetlespins at structure such as drowned lantana, overhanging braches or dead timber will put you in with a good chance of either species.

Try the area around the Eagles Nest at the top of the main basin. Then choose one of the arms that flow into the lake at this point and slowly work your way up working the little bays hard.

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