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Fishing report

Fishing report - Hervey Bay to Evans Head and

SE Queensland Dams

These reports are the latest information available from bait and tackle shops, charter boats and guides in south-east Queensland and are updated every Friday afternoon.

If you want more specific information on locations, bait availability, boat hire and boat ramps, please contact the report source.

Updated at: 4.30pm Friday, February 27, 2015

Hervey Bay

School and broad barred mackerel north of Arch Cliffs, grassy sweetlip, estuary cod, coral trout, trevally and tuskfish on the deeper inshore reefs, jew at night near the Kingfisher Jetty, grunter bream, threadfin salmon and barramundi along the ledges along the western side of Fraser Island, threadfin salmon and barramundi at River Heads, threadfin salmon and grunter bream off Urangan Jetty, sand whiting at the mouth of the Burrum River and grunter bream in the lower reaches. Queenfish were spotted feeding on hardiheads off Scarness and Torquay.

Fishermans Corner ph:4128 1022
Longtail and mack tuna in Platypus Bay and golden trevally on the deeper reefs; although sharks have been a big problem.

Paul Dolan's Fraser Coast Sportfishing ph:4128 4952

Fraser Island

Dart and whiting at Waddy Point and Happy Valley. Take care driving on the beach, there are a lot of undulations and travelling slowly on the low tide would be safest. One vehicle rolled near the wreck of the Maheno yesterday.

Fraser Island Retreat ph:4127 9144


Flathead, whiting and trevally on the making tide around the Noosa River mouth, Munna Point and in Woods Bay.

O Boat Hire & Bait Supply ph:5449 7513
Reports of flathead and mangrove jack in the lower reaches of the Noosa River.

Noosa River Fishing Safaris ph:0429030823


Dart and whiting along Mudjimba Beach, bream and sand whiting in the lower reaches of the Maroochy River, bream and grunter bream at the Cod Hole, flathead near Picnic Point, bream at the mouth of Cornmeal Creek and mud crabs throughout the river.

Swan Boat Hire ph:5443 7225


Dart, bream and whiting along the beaches and try for bream, trevally and mud crabs in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River.

Kawana Bait & Tackle ph:5444 5551

Mooloolaba - Offshore

Spanish mackerel and tuskfish on the Barwon Banks and spotty and spanish mackerel on the Caloundra inshore reefs.

Smithy's Fishing Charters ph:0407 574868
Parrot and tuskfish at Caloundra Wide today.

Odyssey Charters ph:5478 1109


Dart along the beaches, bream and grunter bream along the Boardwalk, flathead opposite the Power Boat Club, bream and trevally in the canals and mud crabs in Pumicestone Passage.

Caloundra Fishing World ph:5491 4566


Flathead at the mouth of Glasshouse Creek and mud crabs out from the mouth of the creeks.

Donnybrook Takeaway, Bait & Tackle ph:5498 8247


Bream on the making tide in Elimbah Creek and mud crabs in the deep holes in the main channel.

Toorbul Store & Caravan Park ph:5498 8210

Bribie Island

The water in Pumicestone Passage and the creeks that run off it is very fresh and it could be worth trying for mud crabs in the next couple of days.

Bribie Sports & Cycles ph:3408 1347

Redcliffe Peninsula

Bream and flathead on the making tide at the mouth of the Pine River and flathead, whiting and sand crabs in Hays Inlet.

Hornibrook Bait & Tackle ph:3284 6939

Northern Moreton Bay

There is a lot of fresh in the rivers and creeks. The best fishing for the next few days will be in the lower reaches on the flood tides in the feeding zone where the clean sea water meets the murky fresh. Try for bream, flathead and mud crabs.

The Tackle Shop Carseldine ph:3862 9015


Bream, flathead, whiting and mud crabs in the lower reaches of the rivers and creeks; best on the flood tide as there is still a bit of fresh coming down on the ebb.

Sandgate Bait & Tackle ph:3269 9701

Wynnum Manly

Bream, threadfin salmon, jew and small snapper near the mouth of the Brisbane River, flathead and bream on the flats off Lota and Aquatic Paradise and mud crabs out from the mouth of the creeks.

Water Tower Bait & Tackle ph:3396 1833

North Stradbroke Island

Fish all beaches for dart, whiting, flathead and chopper tailor.

Point Lookout Bait & Fresh Fish ph:3409 8724

Redland Bay

Spotty mackerel around the old Four Beacons, diver whiting in the Rous Channel, bream on top of the tide along the Raby Bay foreshores and sand crabs in the deeper channels in the bay.

Mossops Tackle Store Cleveland ph:38211240
There has been dirty water close inshore so you will have to fish north of Peel Island in the cleaner water for the best results. You could try for bream around Macleay Island.

Moreton Bay Charters ph:0433 732310
The water clarity is clearing around Coochiemudlo Island; try for bream along the southern end, grassy sweetlip on the northern reef and flathead on the NW side.

Coochie Boat Hire ph:3207 8207


Sand whiting on the making tide at the northern end of South Straddie, on Gold and Green Banks, a few tailor inside the Pin Bar and mud crabs in the feeder creeks.

Gem Bait & Tackle ph:3287 3868


Spanish mackerel, snapper and yellowfin tuna on the 18s east of Southport, at the Gravel Patch east of Burleigh and at Tweed 9 mile, mangrove jack and jew near the pipeline in Southport Seaway, dart, tailor, whiting and tarwhine along the beaches, tailor and dart inside the Pin Bar, mangrove jack around Sovereign Islands, Gold Coast Highway Bridge and in the north arm of the Coomera River and bream and mud crabs near the entrance of the canals, rivers and creeks.

Gold Coast Fishing Tackle ph:56790840

Southport - Offshore

Spanish mackerel in 18 and 20 fathoms east of Southport today.

Ross McCubbin Fishing Charters ph:0428 729393


Spanish and spotty mackerel at the Gravel Patch east of Burleigh, dart, whiting and chopper tailor along the beaches, sand whiting at the mouth of Currumbin and Tallebudgera Creeks, bream and flathead around the bridge pylons and mud crabs in the deeper holes.

The Boatshed Bait, Tackle & Boat Hire ph:5525 0338
Flathead and bream on the making tide in the lower reaches of the Tweed and Nerang Rivers.

Brad Smith Guided Fishing ph:0419 028704

Tweed Heads

Spanish mackerel at Tweed 9 Mile, tailor and trevally along the rock walls at the Tweed River mouth, flathead behind Seagulls, mangrove jack around the bridges and mud crabs near Super Cat and along the Murwillumbah reach.

Anglers Warehouse ph:5536 3822
Spanish mackerel at Palm Beach and Mermaid Reefs, tailor early morning at Bilinga, tailor and whiting at Cabarita and Kingscliff, mulloway at night off the south wall at Cudgen Creek mouth, trevally, tailor, yellowtail king and school jew along the rock walls at the Tweed River mouth, sand whiting around The Anchorage and along the Fingal reach, mud crabs in the upper reaches and sand crabs in the lower reaches.

Drift Tackle & Takeaway ph:5599 5520

Tweed Coast - Offshore

Spanish mackerel, snapper, moses perch and spangled emperor at Cook Island.

Down Under Charters ph:0408 753647
Too much swell on Tweed Bar today for offshore fishing; will head out again once the swell decreases.

Cushy Fishing Charters ph:0418 631076


Dart, tarwhine, bream and school jew along the beaches, school jew at the mouth of Mooball, Cudgen and Cudgera Creeks and flathead, bream, whiting and mud crabs in the lower reaches.

Pottsville Bait & Tackle ph:02 6676 0588


Tailor off the rocky headlands, a few jew at South Ballina Beach and along the rock walls at the Richmond River mouth, flathead and jew along the town reach, whiting on top of the tide in North Creek and mangrove jack around the rocks and bridges in the river.

Daves Bait Shop ph:02 6686 2481

Evans Head

Trag jew and snapper on North Ground and Kahors Reef, bream along Airforce Beach, bream and a few school jew along the rock walls at the Evans River mouth and bream, whiting and flathead in the lower reaches. The mackerel should be firing once the water clarity clears.

Evans Head Sports & Marine ph:02 6682 4536

Freshwater Reports

Boondooma Dam

Golden perch on live bait in the Boyne River arm, bass on masks and blades at Pelican Point and bass and golden perch on ice jigs around the Junction. A sounder is necessary to locate the schools.

Matthew Mott's Sportfishing Charters ph:0428 682594


Bjelke Petersen Dam

Fishing has been quiet due the water being a bit dirty after runoff from recent rain. A few bass have been caught on spinner baits and blades cast to the dam edges and golden perch on bait around the points towards the dam wall. If you were planning a quiet fishing trip to the dam this weekend; you would be advised to change plans; there is a big bass fishing comp on.

Matthew Mott's Sportfishing Charters ph:0428 682594


Borumba Dam

Borumba Dam re opened yesterday for fishing after a 6 week closure. Try for bass at dawn and dusk on surface lures around the dam edges.

Paul Dolan's Fraser Coast Sportfishing ph:4128 4952

Cressbrook Dam

Bass located with sounder on blades, spinner baits and jackals out from the boat ramp across to the buoy line and in the Cressbrook Creek arm and golden perch on spinner baits around Eagles Nest. Remember the minimum legal size for bass is 30m.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Cooby Dam

Golden perch on trolled lures around the rock wall area and a few silver perch on live worms.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Maroon Dam

Bass on jackalls, blades and soft plastics along the weed edges.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Leslie Dam

A few golden perch on frozen saltwater yabbies in the main basin and on spinner baits around structure.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Coolmunda Dam

Golden perch on frozen saltwater yabbies and live worms and a few cod on jackalls and spinner baits around the timber.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Glenlyon Dam

Golden perch on bait and spinner baits and a few silver perch on worms.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Hinze Dam

Bass on spinner baits hopped along the newly flooded grassy banks.

Gold Coast Fishing Tackle ph:56790840

Lake Gregory

Bass at dawn and dusk on surface lures and during the day on vibration baits.

Paul Dolan's Fraser Coast Sportfishing ph:4128 4952

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