Bass on the bite at Moogerah and Maroon

DAMS in the south-east corner of Queensland are fishing well.

Moogerah and Maroon are the pick.

Moogerah has seen a lot of pressure lately due to a few fishing competitions over the past few weeks.

This, however, does not look like it has fazed the bass with some great catches being reported.

The bass in Moogerah are schooled up in about 30-35 feet on the flats and on the drop-offs near the dam wall.

Jackall Mask Vibes and Keitech Sexy-Impact soft plastics worked well on a recent trip to the dam.

Ice jigs and blades will also work if the fish are tight-lipped.

Baits of live shrimp or worms cast near the timber should see you hooked up to yellowbelly or eel-tailed catfish.

Maroon Dam is a little different.

It is fishing particularly well around the edges near Camp Lakefire and in the timbered section towards the back of the freshwater impoundment.

Yellowbelly and bass are fairly active, most likely due to the warmer weather.

Surface lures early in the morning are a great option to target the bass but as the sun climbs, try either jerk baits like the Daiwa Double Clutch or spinnerbaits.

Focus your attention on the weed beds.

Live shrimp caught at the dam, or live worms, are the best baits.

If you want to brave the weather and chase snapper, Mud Island is the most productive and consistent of the bay islands.

Good catches of squire and estuary cod are coming in and even larger snapper are being reported on the northern reefs.

Soft plastics like the Keitech Easy Shiners or 5inch Z-Man Jerkshadz seem to be the most successful lures.

- Matt Osley (Charlton's Fishing at Redbank)



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