in 1964 Borumba Dam (Lake Borumba) has been one of Queensland's
most established lakes. Built across Yabba Creek (a tributary
of the Mary River) the lake has a surface area of 500
hectares at an average depth of 6.6 meters and holds 33
300 mega litres when full. This is utilised primarily
for irrigation purposes.
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Lake Borumba produces Golden
Perch, Silver Perch initially bred from an on-site
hatchery (now closed) and later with Australian
Bass and the endangered Mary River Cod. However the
real drawcard to Lake Borumba has been the Saratoga. From
an itinital release of around 200 fish, this iconic Australian
fish has established a self sustaining population throughout
Borumba is a fishers paradise.... Calm waters, misty mornings
with deer & dingoes both seen & heard, structure
to cast at above & below the water with rain forrest
growing to the edge of the water in places.
It is a perfect place for fly anglers to test their skills.
and bass will readily take a sub-surface fly cast around
the many snags and overhanging trees, however there is
nothing better than the explosive fun of a surface strike.
So take a variety of flies.
Lures While not renown as a big bass lake, Borumba produces
some quality bass in the high 40cm range on occasion with
the average fish being in ther mid 30cm range. But what
Borumba lacks for with size, it makes up for with numbers
& enthusiasm. Fish here tend to be quite aggressive
will readily attack a well presented lure. Shallow to
medium diving lures will work around the entire lake margin.
Similarly, spinnerbaits and jig spinners.
Soft plastics do work around the edges & can even
do well rigged un-weighted and walked along the surface
Bass or Saratoga.
average Lake Borumba Saratoga
typical Borumba Dam Yellowbelly
will readily take fly at Borumba Dam
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All forms of boating are permitted on Lake Borumba however
care should be exercised in the feeder creeks due to extensive
standing timber. There is a double laned concrete boat
ramp adjacent to the dam wall that is open 24/7.
There is a no boating / fishing zone from the boat ramp
to the dam wall.
at Borumba Dam
No camping is permitted on the lake shore, however there
is a camp ground immediately below the dam wall. This
is only a minutes drive from the launching ramp.
Alternatively there are farmstays and camping grounds
further downstream on Yabba Creek and Hotel Motel style
accommodation available in Imbil.
page for details.
Fishing Guide / Charter Operator
Dolan. Fraser Coast Sportfishing 0407674350 Email
A Stocked Impoundment Permit is required to fish at Borumba
Mary River Cod are totally protected in the entire Mary
River Catchment. This includes Borumba Dam and Yabba Creek.