those that like to travel to different locations for a bit of piece and
quiet or those that are mad keen anglers chasing that trophy fish or
even just a feed, there are plenty of destinations around that will
cater to your needs.
One of the best around is Lake Barambah otherwise known as Bjelke-Petersen
Dam or simply BP dam. Situated in the south Burnett region, this well stocked lake has plenty
to offer to campers tourists and anglers alike. Construction of Bjelke-Petersen Dam commenced in 1984 and finished in
1988 creating the lake that was named "Barambah" after the
original property in the region. This average sized impoundment covers
2150 ha and holds 125 000 mega-litres coming from a catchment area of
1670 km squared .
TO GET THERE
A two-hour drive north west of Brisbane heading along the Brisbane
Valley Highway and then turning left onto the D'Anguilar Highway will
find you getting close to Nanango. From here it is about 40 km north to
the turn off and another 9 km to the lake itself .
is permitted at Yallakool Tourist Park where there are sites provided
for caravans & campers as well as self contained cabins & villas
and some bunk houses with no cooking facilities. There is plenty of
space around the park & the operators are quite keen to promote a
nice quiet family atmosphere. For those that don't want the head ache of
cooking, these is a well equipped café & tackle shop on site that
is open 7 days a week. There is a tennis court provided for guests and
swings to keep the kids amused. It is always handy to take a torch
along, as there are a few nocturnal visitors that are content to quietly
feed if you don't disturb them .
are no boating restrictions on Lake Barambah but there are two no
boating zones near the main dam wall and the saddle dam respectively.
These no areas are marked with large buoys, so there's no excuse if you
get caught on the wrong side of them. There is a concrete boat ramp
directly in front of the camp ground that has limited parking and a
cleaning table provided for those that want to clean their fish.
Pelicans make their presence felt here, especially when there is a bit
of activity at the ramp. There is another concrete ramp closer to the
main wall with plenty of parking available as well as a well grasses
picnic area and toilets. There are some hire boats available on site if
you don't own one and want to explore the lake .
The fishing here is superb and is a credit to the hard work and
dedication of the local fish stocking group. Bass, yellow belly and
silver perch are the main stocked species with a few saratoga also being
liberated here. These fish are stocked on a regular basis and live quite
happily along side the breeding populations of Tandans (eel tailed
catfish) and spangled perch. There is a growing trend among freshwater
anglers to chase fish with lures and there are plenty of areas for you
to try. One of the best techniques is to cast or troll shallow diving
lures along the outside of the many weed beds in the bays and around the
points. Other areas that produce fish on lures is the timbered upper
reaches that are best fished with deeper diving lures. The hotspot of
this lake that tends to produce the big
bass is at Treasure Island. At the current water level, it is not
actually an island but an underwater hilltop that bass tend to
congregate on. Fish this spot with deep diving lures or jigs. All of the
above mentioned spots will produce big bass, yellow belly and silver
perch on baits, especially if using locally caught live shrimp or fresh,
juicy worms. Try floating your bait down towards the bottom with as
little weight as possible and occasionally lift and move your offering
around to give it something to attract fish. Probably the best rig to
use is some 10 or 12-pound line tied straight onto a 1/0 suicide hook
with no sinker or swivel. Then it is a simple matter of adding some
split shot to the line if some weight is needed to get the bait down to
the fish or if the wind gets up. Try one location for 20 minutes and if
you've had little interest move to another likely looking spot. Bank
anglers aren't as much the poor cousin here, with plenty of big yellow
belly getting caught from the bank all the way from Yallakool to the
main wall using live and dead baits like frozen prawns. .
For me, Lake Barambah/BP Dam is one of the best fishing locations with some
top facilities available at any freshwater destination in southern
Queensland. In fact, I'd say that if you want to tangle with a big bass
then this is the place for you. If you want a guided tour of the lake or
want to sample the best fishing spots, then contact local guide Mathew
Mott of Burnett Valley Sportfishing Adventures. Mathew and wife Gayle
also run the lakeside café and tackle store that has plenty of food,
supplies and some camping equipment if you've forgotten something. You
can contact Mathew and Gayle on 07 4168 4811. For bookings at the
Yallakool Tourist Park, call 07 4168 4746 .
CATCH YOUR LIMIT!