LifestyleFishing report: Lake Monduran at full capacity

Fishing report: Lake Monduran at full capacity

coral trout
Abby Mazeth caught this decent coral trout recently.


For the guys and girls that got out last weekend there were some cracking fish caught.

It looks like the weather gods at this point are going to give us another break as the weather looks the goods for the rest of the weekend.

Most of the bigger fish were caught using live baits and well-presented strip baits and pilchards.

The running ball sinker rig and the paternoster rig has always been a favourite for most anglers.

As always, check the latest weather forecast before heading out.


The river has started to clean up and the bream and flathead have started to move back up the river.

Most of the fish have been caught around the mouth and up to Strathdees.

The smellier baits like mullet, chook gut and mullet gut have been working a treat in the dirty water.

The lightly weighted rigs have been doing the damage when fishing for the bread and butter species in the river.

Also, keep an eye out for the winter whiting; we should start seeing them off the Burnett Heads Lighthouse and the sand bars heading north from the rock wall.

Freshly pumped yabbies and a gulp soft plastic in the blood worm and new penny colour are the go-to baits to use.


We are starting to see some cleaner water in the system now.

The bread and butter species will be the target species.

The humble flathead will be easy to catch with them looking for warmer water so the shallow sand flats and gutters will be the places to look for them.

The bream will also be on the flats looking for the smaller bait fish.

The lures of choice would be the 3 and 4inch paddle tail and curl tail grub rigged on a 3/0 3/8 ounce jig head.


Lake Monduran full
Jordan Stoddart with a couple of rats caught at Lake Monduran.

With the recent rain the dam is at full capacity.

The smaller barra (aka rats) are out in force.

The jackall squirrel or suspending hard body lures slowly twitched over the weed beds and around the new timber, under water and all the windblown banks and current lines have been producing the bigger numbers of fish.

With all the smaller fish around, it’s always good to try something different.

Bird Bay has been the go-to place lately as the water clarity has been better down the front of the dam.

A reminder, when catching barramundi out of the dam, use the MASA stocking QR code and enter your fish to gather statistics for the restocking group.

Every bit of data helps put fish in the dam.

Until next time, tight lines
Nathan Sutton
Tackle World Bundaberg