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.
The absence of forage species such as Snub Nosed Gar and
Bony Bream has lead to stocked species feeding on insects
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 bottom.
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
morning and late afternoon are the best times to be fishing
here. As a general rule, as the sun gets higher, the fish
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 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
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.
There is no public camping area at Lake Maroon.
Private operations are in the area. See Accommodation
page for details.