Guide to Lake
Dave "Nugget" Downie
- Typical Moogerah Dam Australian Bass
- Late afternoon sitting in a boat on Lake Moogerah with an
approaching storm can be an awe inspiring, even frightening experience. You begin to
understand why the Aborigines named it Moogerah meaning place of
- Lake Moogerah is situated about one and a half hours easy
drive from Brisbane or 63 kilometers from the country town of Warwick. It was Originally
formed by the damming of Reynolds Creek in 1962 to provide a reservoir for irrigation
within the Bremer Valley. Lake Moogerah has also provided water to many towns in the area
including Boonah, Aratula, Kalbar, and Harrisville.
- For the angler, Lake Moogerah offers excellent fishing with
lures, fly as well as natural baits. Australian Bass are the main species caught as well
as occasional catches of golden perch and silver perch. There is also a never-ending
supply of spangled perch, eels and catfish. The lake is regularly stocked with bass by the
local restocking association to ensure a good supply of Australian native species.
- Although a small lake Moogerah has excellent facilities
including wood and gas BBQs, public toilets, sheltered picnic tables, drinking water,
playing fields, kiosk, BYO restaurant, public telephone and scenic walking trails.
- Trolling the rocky points for bass is one of the most
reliable techniques at Moogerah. By following the shore line sitting in between 15
25 feet of water using lures that troll at between 10 15 feet deep, good quality
bass can be caught. Best times are early morning and late afternoon but its not
uncommon to catch fish though out the day. The most productive areas for this style of
fishing are the rocky points either side of the dam wall, the rocky points leading into
the gorge as well as prominent points along the shore line.
- Fly fishing can be frustrating. My favourite lures include
Horseys Dodger in pink and white or a Whittys DeeBob in predominantly white or
red. Ive had the most success by anchoring the boat in 30 feet of water in an area
Ive previously caught bass on lures, usually over a ledge or rock drop off.
- I hold the boat at a side-on angle to the shoreline or
underwater structure with the aid of two anchors, and then cast towards it and retrieve
back to the boat. I use a sinking line and retrieve at a speed that Ive calculated
to keep the fly about six to 10 feet off the bottom, varying the speed of retrieve trying
different depths. Ive found Baited Breaths in pink and white, New England
Yabbies or prawn pattern flys the best.
- Live shrimp is the best bait for bass. By dropping them down
un-weighted or with a very small sinker and slowly lifting up several inches at a time,
bass cant resist. Worms are an alternative but no where near as good as shrimp.
- Water skiers can be a problem for the angler, however they
mainly follow a circuit towards the middle of the lake leaving us anglers to troll the
shore line. However I wouldnt recommend fishing out of a canoe on a hot Saturday
afternoon. It is about as close to being in a washing machine as you are ever likely to
- For information ph. 0755 630 177
- or the A.G. Muller camping grounds on 0755 630 141
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