Australian Bass Fishing


Bass Fishing Hot Spots in NSW

Okay, you’re all stoked up and ready for a great Australian bass fishing trip and the only question you have now is, “Where do I go?” Have no fear – there are plenty of places in Australia and one of the first that you want to consider is New South Wales (NSW). There are enough bass hot spots there to last you a good while.

Lake Glenbawn

If you’re looking for the big bass, consider Lake Glenbawn in the Barrington Tops National Park near Scone. This is a large lake that is good for trolling, and also has rocky shorelines, weed beds and timber that hold some big ones. If the wind isn’t too bad, head over and try your luck around the Glenbawn dam and fish around the sunken trees and tree tops. Take some extra lures to replace those you lose in the branches!

Kangaroo River

If you want to get the jump on Australian bass, head a couple hours south of Sydney to Kangaroo Valley and try the Kangaroo River. Not only is it gorgeous, but it’s home to some lunkers. This winding river has plenty of snags and eddies that make good cover for an unsuspecting bass. Be ready – they hit very hard here!

The Clarence River

Along the northern coastal region of New South Wales is the Clarence River system which is a big attraction for many Australian bass fishermen. A good for bass is the Clarence Gorge, but if flooding occurs, the bass get the chance to move out of there to rivers such as the Mann, Nymboida and the upper Clarence. Other good spots downstream from there near Copmanhurst and Fine Flower, in addition to the lower tributaries of the Clarence:Coldstream, Sportsmans Creek, the Esk and Orara rivers.

The Tweed River - Clarrie Hall Dam

Another river noted for freshwater Australian bass is the Tweed River, or actually Doon Doon Creek, one of its tributaries. On the creek is the Clarrie Hall Dam, a water storage facility for Tweed Shire. They stock Australian Bass at the Clarrie Hall Dam the fishing must be good because the Australian Bass Association runs an annual tournament there

The Australian bass is a native freshwater fish found in virtually all eastern flowing creeks and rivers on the N.S.W coast. Mid-October is pretty much the start of the season on the New South Wales northern coast, because this is when the bass are in the lower reaches of the fresh as they are travelling back from saltwater spawning.

Bass have a bit of a struggle with breeding because of the saltwater spawning and because of commercial fishermen who accidentally, or otherwise, net them. So stick to the daily limit and practice catch and release when you can.



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