Fishing Report July 13th 2018 Winter is…….Still Coming

Nathan Palmer with a nice Copeton cod landed this week on a mumbler.

Lure of the week

Finding a lure that’s different but still works great is hard to do but the locally made Kezza lures are the answer. With a new short bibbed “ Codup ” to join the fantastic Kezza Range these are a must for cod and yellowbelly fishing good for both dams and rivers a real proven catcher.


Cooby Dam

Solid fishing at Cooby this week considering the weather and time of year we are really being spoilt with plenty of nice yellowbelly and cod being landed daily. Jigging ZX blades out from main points has been the most popular technique while trolling deep divers and using salt water yabbies have also produced plenty of good catches. Some very promising signs coming from Cooby with a lot more cod being landed over the past year or so and they seem to be gradually getting bigger with numerous 60 – 80cm cod being landed just this week on swimbaits and hardbodies.

Cressbrook Dam

The fishing continues to produce at Cressy again this week with anglers catching large numbers of bass on all sorts of sinking lures and soft plastics. Most fish have come out from main points up Cressbrook creek and Bbull creek. While there are some nice fish out the front of the boat ramp as well. 20-25 ft of water is the target depth mixed reports on size some anglers catching lots of small bass while others are getting big fish around the 50cm mark.

Wivenhoe Dam

Always a great place to catch a few fish even if its catfish. Right now Somerset dam is really hit and miss and unless you’re an expert its worth steering clear of. While Wivenhoe can be allot more forgiving with some nice bass and yellowbelly being caught trolling lures or jigging metals. The fork tail catfish also love a jigged blade or spoon and the fight well to. For the bait anglers live worms and saltwater yabbies are great and will work best for land based anglers.

Leslie Dam

A great local lake but just not very exciting on the fishing front at the moment with a few smaller yellowbelly and cod landed on saltwater yabbies and some silver perch taking worms for the land based anglers the fish don’t seem to active as the lake has been dropping for some time now and continues to have little influx. Leslie needs some good rain to fire things up.

Glenlyon Dam

There has been plenty of talk about Glenlyon the past couple weeks with some giant cod being landed on surface lures and all sorts of big baits. Along with the hot yellowbelly bite through the day jigging ZX blades and casting spinnerbaits. Glenlyon is the lake on everyone’s mind right now and for good reason it is full of giant cod just like Copeton dam but it doesn’t get fished as much and while its a tough bite at Copeton I’m sure there will be a few more big fish showing up at Glenlyon in the coming weeks.

Moreton Bay

The perfect time of year for the bay with some really nice snapper and huge whiting around the islands and a good mixed bag of fish coming off curtain artificial reef. The bay is pretty specific when it comes to tides you really have an hour either side of the tides to catch fish timing the turn of the tide

with a sunrise or sunset will give you the best fishing and right now there is some massive snapper getting around in the mornings.

Gold Coast Offshore

Again the right time of year for close reef fishing off the gold coast to Tweed Heads with plenty of good snapper on the reefs while the same theory works for the tides as the bay its not as crucial you can catch fish all day. Most anglers using patanoska rigs and fishing with their sinker hard on the bottom while other anglers use running ball sinker to drift their bait down to the bottom both work well and its worth trying both ways. Pilchards and Squid have been the bait of choice unless you get some livies on the way out.

Tip of the week

Whether its freshwater or saltwater dawn and dusk bite times are best sometimes its not worth fishing any other times but you need the be on the water a couple hours before the best bite times or the day before if fishing the morning. because you need to get a feel for the fishing and the area example- to fish the sunset bite at Copeton I will start fishing around 2pm to get my casting going and get a feel for it all. This is crucial to catching fish.

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