Bundaberg rivers best for fishing this weekend


After fantastic weather around the Bundaberg area this week it looks like the wind is forecast to freshen into the weekend, restricting most of the fishing action back into the local rivers and impoundments.

Always check the latest forecast before heading out, as things can change quickly.

Rebecka O'Connor with the coral trout she caught off the Bundaberg coast recently.

Bundaberg offshore

The anglers lucky enough to have some time off through the week and managed to venture offshore all reported catching a quality mixed bag of reef fish including coral trout, red emperor, parrot and sweetlip.

The new Elkat ganged hooks have been extremely popular for the reef fisherman who likes using a whole pilchard, yakka or fillet baits.

Burnett River

Some good reports have come in from the Burnett during the past week.

Quite a few nice flathead and bream have fired up around Strathdees and the Rubyanna area, on both bait and soft plastics.

There are still good numbers of blue salmon down around Fairymead Bend and they seem to be biting well on soft vibes around the high tide.

Kolan River and Baffle Creek

As the days start to get longer and the temperature is starting to rise, the fishing in both the Kolan and Baffle will only improve.

A few mangrove jack are starting to become more aggressive smashing lures, and will continue to improve as we get closer to summer.

Down towards the mouths of these systems there has been plenty of monster flathead willing to play the game. There has also been some nice muddies caught this past week.

Zack McDonald with the yellowbelly he caught during the Catch-A-Catty Family Fishing Competition at Mingo Crossing last weekend.

Lake Monduran

Lake Monduran is getting better and better for chasing barramundi. As the water level is dropping and the water temperature is starting to rise, so is the action by these fantastic sports fish.

The barra are averaging between 70cm and 90cm and the standout lures are the Lucky Craft Pointers and the Rapala Shadow Raps, which are accounting for plenty of fish recently.

Let’s hope this action only gets better for the annual Tackleworld Bundaberg Lake Monduran Family Fishing Classic which is being held this year on October 19-20.

And finally, congratulations to Wayne Bryant, a local Bundaberg lad who fished and won the Fitzroy King of the River recently, with a very impressive 145 cm threadfin salmon.

Fish with confidence, Dale Smith