RUHLE-ING THEM IN: Clinton Ruhle with a 55-centimetre bass caught at Somerset Dam.
RUHLE-ING THEM IN: Clinton Ruhle with a 55-centimetre bass caught at Somerset Dam. Contributed

Trip to the dam proved good for bass and yellowbelly


THIS week we headed here for a look after hearing good reports and we were not disappointed.

The fishing is exceptional right now with lots of schooling bass and yellowbelly out from most lake points in ranging depths from 15-30ft of water.

A number of different baits and lures worked well.

I think everyone in the boat used something different and had success, but the bigger fish did come on bigger lures like the spinnerbaits and soft Jackalls.

While there were a lot of smaller fish to be caught there were plenty of good-size bass and yellowbelly over the 40cm-mark landed.

BP dam is not that far away and definitely worth the drive.

If you have a fish finder you will easily locate the schools.

There has been a number of boats on various schools so you can see where to start looking by finding all the boats together. Just keep a good distance from other anglers.


CONSISTENT fishing continues at Leslie with not many anglers going home empty handed.

There has been plenty of yellowbelly caught on both bait and lures.

The ZX blades jigged in around 16ft has had most success while live shrimp and saltwater yabbies have also worked great.

Unfortunately trolling hasn't seemed to work to well just yet.

The fish aren't quite active enough so again using your fish finder to locate some fish or structure will help you get on to them.

Land-based anglers have also been having a good run with plenty of yellowbelly and smaller cod being taken close to the banks at the dam wall end.


WITH the warmer weather around the schooling bass have become more active and there has been some good bass landed at Cressbrook this week on both baits and lures.

Tailspinners and soft plastics have been the lures of choice while live shrimp has dominated the bait.

You will need to locate the schooling fish using your fish finder.

There has been some schools in the main basin around the buoy line and also around Eagles Nest early mornings and late afternoons.

It's still worth a fish on the edges with spinnerbaits or suspenders for the bigger fish.


IT'S been pretty consistent fishing at Cooby again this week with plenty of reports of good yellowbelly and smaller cod being taken on both bait and lures.

Saltwater yabbies and ZX blades jigged in the deeper water out from the rock wall have been the most productive but unlike Leslie, trolling has also been working.

Trolling diving lures around the 10ft-mark as close to the weed beds as possible will entice those fish out of the weeds and if you can get it right, there are some good fish

to be caught.

Just keep an eye on the surface weed and the direction of the wind.


JUST like BP, Boondooma is fishing really well with lots of bass and yellowbelly hitting the decks and on all sorts of baits and techniques.

Either spinnerbaiting the timbers to bait fishing the schools the fish are biting.

it will all depend on how you like to fish, even trolling deep diving lures has worked and is a great way to locate fish.

If it's bass you are after then I suggest fishing the schools out from the points; that is, the Junction and Pelican Point using tailspinners and soft plastics.

If you're after some yellowbelly then I would fish in the timbered areas, maybe up the Stuart Arm casting spinnerbaits and Jackalls for the lure angler or dropping saltwater yabby near a tree for the bait anglers.


THERE are many locations along the river to fish in both freshwater regions and saltwater.

The Brisbane River is an incredible fishery with outstanding bass and yellowbelly fishing at the bases of both Somerset and Wivenhoe spillways with long stretches of timbered water to fish from a kayak or small craft.

Then you have the saltwater end through Brisbane city and into the mouth where it meets Moreton Bay.

Right now there is some quality threadfin salmon fishing around Fishermans Island and in the mouth of the river using sinking vibes and live baits.

There is a lot of versatility to this river and it's worth some research for you next trip.

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