Fishing at Lake Barambah (Bjelke Petersen Dam)
15 kilometers from the town of Murgon in the Burnett Valley is
Lake Barambah. Opened in 1989 after the construction of the wall
(Bjelke-Petersen Dam), it takes its name from one of the original
sheep stations in the district. Stocked with fingerlings by DPI
and the Bjelke-Petersen Dam Fish Management Committee it has come
of age during the last few seasons producing good-sized golden
perch and horse bass. Continual stockings have ensured that there
is are varied sizes of silver perch, goldens and bass although
it seems that the Saratoga released here may have gone over the
wall at some stage as there are reports of 'toga being caught
in the creek below. Further stocking may be needed to reintroduce
these fantastic sports fish or to bolster the remaining population.
full, Lake Barambah has plenty of navigable & fish holding
water in the timbered areas. A leisurely troll through the trees
is one of the more productive ways of locating schools of bass
and once found can be cast at with lures or flies or jigs. On
a recent trip there with Ipswich based sports angler,Trevor Cowell,
several large schools of fish were located in the sticks and in
particular the one with the white paint around it (I can see a
stampede looking searching for it). One of the better lures we
found was my old favorite the Deception Shrimp and poor old Trevor
nearly had a coronary after getting bricked on his purple Ringtail
lure. Feeling dejected he tied on a Viper and had better luck
snaring two fish in ten minutes before changing.
are always a few scattered fish in any impoundment but at the
moment most of the bigger fish are up the back. Places like Treasure
Island aren't producing as well as in the past but this could
change overnight given the right weather patterns. One quite large
school was located on the sounder and was jigged and cast at for
an hour for nothing. Returned to trolling the timbers and instant
Barambah is a medium sized impoundment covered by large sections
of submerged trees that is open to all forms of boating and has
great facilities. There are two boat ramps available, one near
the wall and one at the camping ground although there is not a
lot of parking at the latter. There is a limited supply of bait,
tackle, ice & food at the kiosk.
is available in Murgon or at Nanango. Lake Barambah or Bjelke-Petersen
Dam is located 250 kilometers or a leisurely three hours drive
northwest of Brisbane via the Burnett, D'Anguilar and Bruce Highways.
Camping and caravan sites are available as well as self-contained
cabins and bunkhouses. There is a camp kitchen for guests and
boat hire is available.
you on the water, Fitzy..