Praying for rain
  |  First Published: November 2003

LET’S hope this month is a wet one! To get some water running into Maroon and Moogerah we need 200mm of rain plus some in the headwaters over a day or two.

The fish are easy to catch at the moment, and even from the banks some good bass are being caught on lures. I went to Maroon recently without my boat and fished the area around the boat ramp for about half an hour with soft plastics and caught seven bass. At the moment 2”Atomic shads seem to be outfishing most other plastics in this dam, and on this particular afternoon the rainbow trout colour was what they wanted. Surface action is guaranteed from now on – and with the low, clear water all types of surface lures will work. Try soft frogs, lizards and suchlike for some fun action. Normal fizzers, poppers and stick baits will work well also. Normal paddle-tail grubs with a bit of size, like 3-plus Atomics rigged weightless and walked across the surface, are another option that works well.

Moogerah is lower than Maroon Dam and the water is fairly dirty. Any type of wind at the moment will silt the water due to the expanses of very shallow areas. The fish are biting fairly well on spinnerbaits, and the Greenfish Green Shad colour in 1/2oz has been very good. Another colour that has shone at times is dark purple shad.

Jerkbaits have been good at times if you have plenty of time to play. They are a slow way to fish but a lot of fun, and strikes from big bass will really liven you up. Look for a jerkbait that dives from 2m to 3m and fish them along steep banks or drop-offs.

If you’d like a charter on the dams you can contact me at Greenfish Sportfishing Adventures on 0407 596 814 or visit www.greenfish.com.au.

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