LAKE MacDonald has been fishing well, although a tad ‘hot and cold’, right through to early March. The ridiculously hot weather during February didn’t do the place a lot of good although things improved on the angling front once the air and water temperatures returned to normal.
Mary River cod have been worryingly scarce for some time but good catches of bass have made up for this. Late February saw Round One of the local club’s annual championships and plenty of quality bass made it to the weigh master. The best bass for the day came in at 470mm, followed by several 460mm fish and plenty of smaller specimens.
A few yellows and catfish rounded up a well-attended meet for the local fishing club, which is also a stocking group. While we tend to lose a few fish over the spillway from time to time there are still plenty there to keep most anglers interested and ultimately satisfied. The gun spots of late have been Three Ways and Bass Bay. Trolled extra-deep minnows have accounted for plenty of big fish in recent months, particularly in the main body of the dam, along the bubbler and following the creek bed, which is very difficult to say the least. Spinnerbaits, particularly pink, lime and white offerings have achieved results around the multitudinous weedbeds, as have beetlespins.
New club member Kris Sweres won the event with two quality bass caught very early in the piece. Reigning club champion Sue Fleming claimed the prize for the biggest bass of the day while John Cutmore brought home the biggest yellowbelly and Michelle Gray took out the catfish honours!
3) Sunshine Coast correspondent Ned Kelly with a more than respectable Lake MacDonald bass.Reads: 538