Tim Mulhall with a bream he caught in the Burnett River recently.

Burnett River back to its best

Hope everyone enjoyed the Easter break last weekend and the Easter Bunny was kind to the kids around the Bundaberg area.

Other than the odd shower the weather was fairly good all through the weekend and by the sounds of things, lots of people went fishing and caught some nice fish.

At this stage the weather looks okay for this weekend, but the south-easterlies will be up around 20km, restricting most of the fishing opportunities to the local rivers and impoundments.

The Burnett River is back to its best.

The water has cleaned up, particularly near the mouth, and the fish seem to be on the bite.

There have been good numbers of yellowfin and black bream back in the Burnett.

The bream are smashing the small jelly prawns around most of the rock walls.

A few local keen anglers have been targeting them.

Using small lightly-weighted soft plastics cast close to the structure, then let them flutter down the rock face has been very effective.

As well as bream, the whiting, flathead and grunter are all very active, providing lots of action for the whole family.

The other river systems in our area – the Kolan and the Elliott – have also fished well over the Easter break.

Some good reports from the Miara Caravan Park say that most of the holiday-makers are bringing home a good feed of whiting, bream, flathead, mangrove jack and mud crabs.

It’s always a magic time of the year to go camping as the days and the nights start to cool down.

The freshwater fishing is starting to improve.

The bass are starting to fire up at Lake Gregory as the water colour improves.

I recently went down to Lake Lenthall near Maryborough for a day’s bass fishing.

The track off the highway into the dam was a bit of a challenge, but once at the dam we landed a lot of nice bass to 47cm on many techniques with the better fish caught by spinnerbaiting the timber edges.

Lake Monduran is also very busy at this time of the year.

Lots of barra are starting to cruise the shallow points as the water starts to cool down.

Barra to 97cm were landed using Squidgy soft plastics and either Maria or Jackall suspending hard body lures.

Let’s hope the action continues to improve over the coming months.

Fish with confidence,

Dale Smith

Tackle World Bundaberg

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