OVER the past month it has been a mixed bag at Awoonga. Some rain after Christmas raised the water level slightly and freshened up fishing. Over 100 barra were tagged out by the rangers, with roughly the same number caught and released. The biggest weighed in at 20.2kg, with many others up to 18kg. The average was 6.5kg.
The Lions Lake Awoonga Family Fishing Festival is to be held over September 26-28 this year. Wally Harvey from Dalby is on his way back to try his luck after picking up the cash for the biggest fish caught last year – a 20.5kg monster that earned him $500 – and he's looking forward to having a crack at this year’s prize. The Gladstone Area Water Board put up the cash and is matched by a similar amount by the Caravan Park for those staying at the Park. In total, over $17,000 in cash and prizes will be on offer at the 2003 comp.
The dam level is less than 24% at the moment, but there are still depths of 20-plus metres in the channels. Trolling big lures down to five metres in Riverston and the Boyne channel have been the most productive. Lively Lures’ Arafuras and the Koolabung are the go at this depth.
The sticks are still fishing well for cast and retrieve, with Richo’s and Mad Mullets working well. Big braid and gear are the go, because big fish in timber spell trouble.
The lake should continue to fish well up to and perhaps after Easter. Watch out for the new moon and full moon phases – they’re proving to be the most productive.
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