As you have all probably seen the posts on Instagram & Facebook of the recent Barramundi catches, Awoonga is definitely on fire 🔥, with some anglers reporting multiple catches of different year class fish ranging from mid 50cm - mid 80cm fish and sightings of meterys but proving still elusive.
. As the water temperature is starting to rise it seems the peak bite periods have slightly shifted from late afternoon to early mornings (but still catches have been reported at all times during the day).
A few tips if your about to plan a trip is to make sure your fishing gear is in A1 condition and your line is heavy enough to handle the strength of these powerful impoundment Barramundi (I personally use 30lb braid and approximately 800mm of 60lb leader.
The popular lures of choice seems to be still the Happy Rock softies ( Grubs, swimbaits or big Willy’s) rigged up weedless (owner flashy swimmers are popular) or in the hardbody range the duo realis 100dr and even the ever faithful Barra Classic have been getting the job done. And for surface fans, you can’t go past the old faithful Rapala X -walk... but remember, upgrading your treble hooks is sometimes good insurance of not losing a prized fish.
Some tips of areas to fish ? ... well anywhere around weedbeds and timber has been producing barra, but always best to see which direction the wind has been blowing in the lead up to planning your fishing trip to Awoonga.
The Gladstone Area Water Board encourages people to upload their catches to the TRACK MY FISH - LAKE AWOONGA app that can be downloaded from the App Store or Google play, and there is still 6 pink tagged barramundi in Lake Awoonga worth $1000 each until the 2nd of May 2019. For more information head to http://www.gawb.qld.gov.au/
POINT TO REMEMBER! - with the barramundi closed season approaching on November 1st, Lake Awoonga is open all year round for targeting barramundi, but the take limits reduce in the closed season.
For those that don’t have a way of getting on the water, Lake Awoonga Boating & Leisure Hire has Hire boats that you don’t need a license or experience to hire... to book head to fb.com/lakeawoongaboatingandleisurehire/book/
Or for a guided fishing charter contact Justin Nye from
And contact Trevor Burgess about how to stock up on Happy Rock Softies on https://www.facebook.com/Happyrocksofties/
Or for all other rods & tackle requirements, speak to the boys from Pat’s Tackle World Gladstone, Boyne Island Bait & Tackle or Lj’s Complete Angler Gladstone https://www.facebook.com/PatsTackleworldGladstone/
Good luck on the water & remember to always practice safe boating and check the weather report before you go.
With the September School holidays just around the corner... it is now time to plan your trip away.
Lake Awoonga is the perfect getaway and has so much to offer
If your planning on staying or just day trips.
Some of the things to do include:
If your planning on a camping trip, make sure you book with Lake Awoonga Caravan Park.
If you want to hire our bbq pontoon, hire boats, kayaks or stand up paddle boards be sure to make a booking on our Facebook page or sms your details to 0457929889
If your looking to refine your fishing skills or learn how to catch a barramundi, book a guided fishing charter with Justin from Gladstone Fly & Sportfishing.
LAKE AWOONGA - The place to be !!!
I'm just sharing my experience in chasing winter Barra in Lake Awoonga. By no means am I a professional fisherman or do I claim to know everything about Barra fishing in lake Awoonga, but I am learning and getting more catches every time I venture out (which is not as often as I would like lol)
Although you hear people say that once the water temperature drops the Barra shut down and you can't catch them.... wrong !!! In fact I have found in recent outings that I have managed to catch more Barra.
My tip is to make sure all you rods and line are in good condition, I use a minimum of 30lb braid on my main line and about a meter of 60lb leader.
In these months when the water temperature of the lake drops I go searching in shallow bays that have plenty of weed. In my opinion I believe the Barra go to these areas because they are a lot warmer and hold tonnes of baitfish. I like to use surface lures like the nomad one in the picture above. They are a very good replica of the baitfish that inhabit the area I fish and I find using a "jig jig pause" method works for me, usually on the pause. Also using soft plastics work for me, especially the locally made "Happy Rock Softies"
My recent success has been in the morning from around 7am - 11am but I'm sure the afternoon would be just as good once the Heat of the sun during the day warms the water a little.
Good luck and please feel free to share photos of your catch at lake Awoonga and let me know your story
Also if you want to try your luck using some of the tip above, we have boats available for hire from $80 for 4 hours.
Contact me on
Ph: 0457 929 889
Or Gladstone Fly and Sportfishing operate guided charters on lake Awoonga.
Contact Justin Nye
Ph : 0429 223 550