25km south of Boonah lays one of South East Queensland's best
freshwater fly and surface fishing destinations.
Lake Maroon (Maroon Dam) is a small impoundment having a surface
area of 350 ha and an average depth of 9.6 meters.
It lays close to the base of the Great Dividing Range on Burnett
Creek, a tributary of the Logan River.
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The absence of forage species such as Snub Nosed Gar and Bony
Bream has lead to stocked species feeding on insects and crustaceans.
This means that most of the food in Lake Maroon is in & around
the lake margins.
of the best techniques to catch bass at Maroon Dam is to cast
very shallow diving lures in towards the weed margins. Using short
rips in your retrieve with plenty of pauses can drive bass crazy.
Low light times (morning and night) will see bass take surface
lures. In the middle of the day, fish further out from the bank
with sinking bibless lures or soft plastics hopped across the
bass in Maroon Dam are willing fly takers. Many south east Queensland
anglers have caught their first ever fish on fly here. Surface
flies on intermediate or floating lines in low light conditions,
and any number of sinking flies on intermediate or full sink lines
when the sun is up work well. Early
morning and late afternoon are the best times to be fishing here.
As a general rule, as the sun gets higher, the fish go deeper.
species include Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Mary River Cod and
the most popular target here, Australian Bass.
A Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) is required to fish Lake Maroon.
Maroon Dam is open to all forms of boating activities with no
restrictions on speed or motor size.
is a No Boating / No Fishing zone around the dam wall. Fines apply.
A single land concrete ramp is provided. This is usable from around
15% capacity and higher. Below this level, boats can still be
lauched with care next to the boat ramp, however a 4X4 may be
required. Check the water level guage below.
There is no public camping area at Lake Maroon.
Private operations are in the area. See Accommodation
page for details.