Bass Fishing Hot Spots in Queensland
Be sure to check out the open and
closed bass seasons for QLD here.
Australia is home to all kinds of great fishing, everything from
saltwater fishing for Barramundi to fly fishing in rivers for bream. One
of the most popular types of fishing on the planet is bass fishing, and
Australia is not to be outdone on this one, especially in Queensland,
one of the best places down under for Australian bass fishing.
Australian bass are stocked in Lake Wivenhoe, among many other
species. The consensus by bass anglers is that Lake Wivenhoe is far and
away the place to go for big bass in Queensland, with its closest
competitors being Lake Somerset and Lake Glenbawn in New South Wales.
The lake is massive and boating is not one of the high points here, so
there are a lot of rarely covered waters that could afford the motivated
bass fisherman some nice catches.
Lake Somerset Dam
Somerset Dam at Lake Somerset is one of the more popular and most
heavily fished, and yet most productive Australian bass fishing
locations in Queensland (QLD). Bass love good cover and Lake Somerset
provides it with plenty of deep water, large flats areas, rocky points
and standing timber. This body of water is very well stocked.
Tributaries and feeder creeks of Lake Somerset include Kilcoy Creek,
Stanley River, Sheepstation Creek, Neurum Creek, Mary Smokes Creek and
Being another lake stocked with bass, Lake Lenthall has weed beds and
beautiful water lilies that make good hiding spots for bass. This is a
good lake for fishing crank baits (shallow diving) and even fly fishing
for bass around the lilies and the edges. You’ll find Lake Lenthall
36kms west south-west of the city of Hervey Bay along the Bruce highway.
Lake Maroon in South East Queensland is a small body of water and it
is not the perfect habitat for Australian bass, they are still there and
if you enjoy fly fishing for bass, this would be a very good choice for
you. Shallow diving lures are good at Maroon Dam and work well cast
towards weed beds. Try surface lures at dusk and dawn, and plastic baits
fished slowly during midday.
Borumba Dam at Borumba Lake, which is built across Yabba Creek, is
not one of the more popular bass fishing hot spots in Queensland, but
there are some very nice Austarlian bass here and a lot of them because
they are stocked into the lake. This is also another good location to
fly fish for bass and try your hand at some diving lures and even jigs
and spinner baits. Bass will hit with a vengeance here, so be ready.
The Brisbane River
The Brisbane River, divided into Upper, Mid and Lower Brisbane River,
holds bass that were bred in the Noosa River, then stocked into and have
made their way from Lake Wivenhoe and Lake Somerse. Potential fishing
holes along this river include College’s Crossing, Kookaburra Park,
Karana Downs, and Tidal.
Note: Australian bass are also stocked at the Ewen Maddock Dam the
Sunshine Coast of Queensland.