Henry Dales with a 38.5cm black bream he caught at last year’s event.

Moura Muddy Water Classic Fishing Competition

It’s getting close to that time of the year again, when we pack up the gear and head to the Dawson River at Moura.

The weekend of April 13-14 is the Muddy Water Classic Fishing Competition – always a great weekend of fun, fishing and mixing with friends.

Run by the Moura Fish Stocking Group Inc that, with the support of the district, mines and agricultural holdings, hold this awesome event at Apex Park on the Moura River.

Slightly to the west of Moura, the park offers a shaded grassy camp area and dollar-coin operated hot and cold showers at the amenities block.

The event kicks off on the Friday night with entertainment and good food, and you can stock up on raffle tickets for some great prizes, so bring your chair, relax and join in.

You can nominate to fish or nominate to only be in the running for one of the two lots of major senior and junior lucky draws.

Nominations are $20 seniors and $10 juniors.

There are meals available – brekky, lunch, snacks, coffee and refreshments and, everyone’s favourite, the ice cream truck.

Once again, Charlie Ladd from Freshwater Fishing and Stocking Association of Queensland will be attending the classic with the freshwater tank and a few species for viewing, including some pest species that we do not want in these waterways.

Joining us also is Dave ‘Hodgie’ Hodge, the barefoot fisho who will entertain and amaze you with his casting skills, plus he’ll share and chat about his fishing tips and techniques.

The popular casting competition for all ages will feature again this year too.

Onto the fishing side of things, the river has had a good run, topping the level up and running over the weir a little at the time of writing, so by comp time, it will have settled down to give us plenty of good water.

As with last year’s area, you can navigate a long way upstream.

Remember that there’s a lot of timber so, because of those hidden stumps, care is always required.

Saratoga and yellowbelly have been very active, loving the influx of new water.

This will be the third year of ‘catching a tagged saratoga worth $1000’ – none of which have been caught yet.

So, this year, there are three toga out there for the catching, each worth $1000.

We’re looking forward to your company for a great weekend, happy fishing.

For any more information, contact Zelma Lewis on 0428 971 932 or email

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