Big winter fish at Samsonvale
  |  First Published: July 2003

THE 2003-04 boating permit season for Lake Samsonvale is now well underway, with both new and old permit holders enjoying the benefits that winter fishing on the lake has to offer. Larger bass have shown up in numbers, with 50cm-plus catches a regular event.

At the time of writing, the bass haven’t been schooling up as would usually be the case, which means catches can be expected anywhere in the permit area. The areas downstream from the boat ramp are more prolific, with good fish being taken within a few hundred metres of the launch site at Boral Landing.

At Samsonvale, the deeper you can get your lures down, the bigger the catch, both in quantity and quality. If you’re using hard-bodied lures, dark colours (particularly back and purple) work well, and smaller lures seem to work best. Cicadas, Critters, Hyro Bugs, Hot Lips and similar offerings will all produce fish, and devices such as downriggers can be added to the armoury.

To date, no one has seriously targeted these deeper fish with soft plastics or other artificials, so you can only wonder what the opportunities might be. Remember that live bait will always be productive in this fishery and, while the shrimps have been a little harder to find lately, the effort in fishing with these will be rewarded handsomely.

Silver perch continue to show up regularly in the catch data collected by the Pine Rivers Fish Management Association (PRFMA). Golden perch catches are less prolific during winter, although PRFMA member John Hazelwood was delighted to land a 58cm yella recently. John is a regular on the lake, and has managed to land just about every species in the area. In the photo you can see him with a nice lungfish, a protected species, which he handled carefully and released.

If you have any enquiries regarding the PRFMA and the boating access permit scheme, contact the Association on 0417 742 023, or via email at --e-mail address hidden--

1) John carefully handled this lungfish before returning it to the water.

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