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