THE FRESHWATER waterways on the Sunshine Coast are currently fishing fairly steadily. Lake MacDonald has delivered quite a few reasonable bass for both lure tossers and bait fishos, and with the warmer water in November I’m sure we’ll see more activity amongst the resident bass and saratoga.
Lure casters have had success in the upper reaches of the dam, particularly in the east leg. The easiest way to get there is to launch at the hatchery boat ramp and head straight up the main body of the dam. Three Ways is the area where the dam splits in two. If you continue straight ahead you’ll find yourself in the West Leg where there are good opportunities for casting lures amongst the weeds, and in particular through the clear channels.
A left turn at Three Ways will take you into the East Leg where there have been active bass during September and October. Casting small minnow lures and beetle spin lures around the weed faces will bring results. Every bit of weed is worth casting at, even small floating rafts of cabomba or lilies.
Up the in the main body of the dam, anglers using live shrimp have accounted for large numbers of bass which, thankfully, have been released. Mostly the fish have been small, although the occasional 50cm fish has been among them.
Up at Borumba Dam things have slowed a little but there are still plenty of bass and saratoga on offer. Windless days are the best bet and targeting the heavily timbered areas of both the Yabba and Kingham arms should produce for those who persevere. Spinnerbaits, jig spins and surface fly are the best bet and bibbed minnows on the troll will also produce the goods. November should be a good month at Borumba for those who like to tangle with a good toga. Karl from River Fishing Safaris nailed a big fish well over 80cm in early October!
1. Top local angler Shannon Watson with a Borumba saratoga. This one took a liking to a Betts beetle spin dressed with a Catalpa Slider Grub.Reads: 560