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Bumper season at Monduran
  |  First Published: June 2005



Monduran Dam has really kicked on this year, with a many people catching their first barramundi there.

Most fish caught this summer were over a metre long, with later season fish averaging 70-90cm. Barra usually shut down in winter but it’s been such a bumper year in the dam that I think barra caught throughout winter. The season usually runs at its best from October through to March or April, depending on temperatures.

If you’d like to know where to go and how to get there, call me at Bundaberg Fishing Charters (ph. 07 4159 0995) and I’ll give you all the up-to-date-info I can. We also offer guided tours to this area.

Monduran Dam is situated on the Kolan River, 73km north of Bundaberg and 19km north of Gin Gin, which should make for a four-hour trip from Brisbane. It’s one of Queensland’s largest dams and navigating it can be disorientating, with most areas looking the same. All the tree-lined bays look very similar, but there are letters on some of the trees to help visitors find their way through the dam. Even so, you should still bring a GPS and don’t go too far from the boat ramp after dark.

Some of the best fishing is in Bird Bay to the southwest of the dam, but later in the season we really started catching plenty of fish up around the letter H at the northern end of the dam. The northern end seems to have cleaner water and plenty of fish throughout its bays.

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