Boondooma Dam. Proston. Qld
fished at most impoundments in southern Qld, I've been lucky enough
to enjoy some good fishing and great scenery at times but Boondooma
Dam in the south Burnett region offers both of these as the same
large, deep body of water dominated by hills, rocky points and
gullies with plenty of boulders and snags thrown in is a lot for
the first time visitor to take in when first confronted by the
same structure can offer varied fishing opportunities for anglers.
Located around 20 km northwest of Proston, and 75 km from Kingaroy,
Boondooma Dam or Lake Boondooma is a leisurely three and a half
hour drive northwest of Brisbane.
dam was constructed in 1983 across the Boyne river below it's
confluence with the Stuart to supply water to the Tarong power
station and as is the case at so many impoundments, takes its
name from the original property in the area. It has a capacity
of 210 000 mega litres under the 1920 Ha of surface area and has
an average depth of 11meters.
is a good quality, two laned boatramp adjacent to the lakeside
camping area. Boondooma has had a very mixed stocking history
being one of the only impoundments to be stocked with both Murray
Cod & Mary River Cod in the past as well as the continued stocking
of bass, golden perch, silver perch & saratoga. The local fish
stocking group have done a fantastic job as without their dedication
and hard work I'm sure we would never have heard the name Boondooma.
is also a naturally occurring population of Tandans (Eel tailed
catfish) and spangled perch. In 1993/94 approximately 60-65 000
barramundi were released into Boondooma as it was felt that this
was possibly the furthest south that barra could survive. To date
there have been only a couple of reported captures here and since
then no further barra releases have taken place. Recently Tilapia
have been found in Boondooma and it is hoped that the aquatic
invaders don't establish themselves here.
with most of our south-eastern impoundments, the shining star
here over the past few years has been the Australian bass. These
hard hitting hard fighting fish are most easily found by casting
lures around the outside of the weedbeds in many of the bays that
dot this lake. Alternatively, anglers can drop a small unweighted
shrimp down along the outside edges of the weeds and occasionally
bob them to attract attention. Many of these fringe dwelling bass
are on average a little smaller than their deep-water sisters.
Open water structure like submerged hilltops and drop-offs tend
to be the place where large schools of bass can be located.
is where a good quality sounder/fish finder is a must have. By
keeping one eye in front and the other on the sounder, it is possible
to follow the edges of the old creek/river beds to find schools.
Once located, a marker buoy can be put on the 'spot' or the boat
can be anchored above active fish where a variety of techniques
can be used to good effect. Some of the more popular styles are
casting tail spinners, spinner baits, slices and ice jigs or even
casting flies on sinking lines and down to the required depth.
had a recent demonstration of the effectiveness of deep flyfishing
and jigging by local gurus Mathew Mott & Robert Smith with plenty
of good sized bass being caught and released in quick concession.
a sounder hasn't yet figured into the budget, try trolling lures
in likely area until fish are found, then continue to work the
area. Another idea is to look at the surrounding country side
for some hint at where ridges or gullies enter the water. These
usually continue further out into the lake under the water.
the bass fishing in this impoundment has earned Boondooma a great
reputation recently, the mainstay of the fishing here for many
years has been the golden perch. These fish can be consistently
found in the heavily timbered areas in the Stuart arm of the lake
and around many of the rocky points along the main basin. Goldens
are also a common capture for anglers targeting bass around the
weed edges in bays.
will probably remain as one of my favoured freshwater destinations,
not so much for the fishing opportunities it provides (and provides
quite well) but for the sheer beauty of the place.
know I'll be going back there for more of the same and I hope
to see you there.
Boondooma Satelite image
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