Lenthalls warming up
  |  First Published: December 2004

Lenthalls Dam is fishing well at the moment with plenty of bass being caught around the lily pads, snags and weed beds. Lure casters are having a great time of it throwing Terminator Pitchin’ Tubes and soft jerkbaits for bass up to 50cm, while the lure trollers are doing OK trolling small diving minnows around in the deeper water.

Spinnerbaits, beetlespins and lipless crankbaits are worth a try, too, especially if you’re fishing the shallow margins for a reaction bite. With the recent rains, try gold coloured blades on spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits, and gold or fluoro colours in the lipless crankbaits. If the water dirties up more, keep in mind that more noise is a good thing, and as the rain stops and the margins warm a little the surface fishing should come into its own.

The barra are starting to show with the odd legal (58cm) fish being caught by anglers fishing baits of yabbies. It won’t be too long now before (like last year) a few of the stocked barra will make a lurefisher’s day. There are some good barra around the 70cm mark in the lake and they provide great fun for those lucky enough to hook them.

While on the topic of barra, the fish stocking hatchery experienced a major mains power failure and lost about 5000 juvenile barramundi that were destined to go into Lenthalls. Although they can’t claim any compensation for the loss of fish from the supplier, it will mean that instead of the estimated 20,000 barra being released this season, it looks more like around 10,000 barra will be released. Let’s hope this doesn’t happen too many times.

For a charter on Lenthalls or to find out what’s biting, give Paul Dolan from Fraser Coast Sportfishing and Ecoadventures a call on 0407 764 350.

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