After recent rain, fishing in local waterways is paying off. Saltwater yabbies and prawns are attracting the fish, while the most popular lures seem to be Smak spinners. Boondooma Dam: Some nice fish are being caught on the troll with Smak 16ft divers. Some nice goldens are also being caught in the timbered areas on live shrimp and worms. Also in the timbered sections, larger bass and golden perch are being landed on trolled Smak ⅝ spinner baits. The area after the second yellow marker buoy where it opens up to another basin before you get to the junction has been a good area to start. Fish are being caught by trolling smacks, poltergeists and other deep diving lures. The area out from the third yellow marker buoy, in the middle of the dam, is working well for trailers using the same lures. Bjelke-Petersen Dam: Lots of big goldens and nice bass are still being landed on lures. Most popular lures seem to be ⅝ Smak spinner baits and Little Max blades in ⅜ oz. Darker colours are working the best. The key is to move slowly so that the lure will get down to where the fish are. At present they are not sitting on the bottom. They are up off it and are very active, so they will find a tempting lure hard to resist. Bass are up in the shallows of the banks throughout the dam. Goldens and jew fish are being caught on live shrimp at the start of the Stuart timber and deep rocky points. Smak spinners are working from the banks as well. Bass Point and Treasure Island seem to be the two spots holding most of the fish. Lake Somerset: Somerset is fishing really well again. There are fish in many areas of the dam and they don’t seem to be hard to catch. Bay 13, Timber Junction, Pelican Point and the start of Queen Street seem to be the best areas. The best lures have been slider soft plastics with a⅜ Smak jig head and jackall mask vibes. Live bait has produced some nice fish. Same with salt water yabbies. Cressbrook Dam: Fishing is extremely tough at the moment, but a few are being caught. The best spots are around Toilet Block Point, Deer Island and in Cressbrook Creek along the rock wall, and opposite the wall where there is a submerged point. Cooby Dam: The dam is fishing well at the moment with some good catches of yellow belly reported. Fish more than 50cm are being landed more than regularly. They have been suspending about 12-15ft off shore where the depth is around 30ft. The pick of the spots is straight across from the boat ramp opposite the rock wall. Slow troll jackalls and cast jackalls at these fish and you should have success. Trolling must be slow. Jackalls take time to get to the depth required. They tend to sit high in the water column. There have also been some good catches from the rock wall. Coastal: The mangrove jack seem to be around in fair numbers. They are going well in the Donnybrook area, Bribie and in the Caboolture River. There have been some nice bream caught around Donnybrook and Bribie. Good flathead are also being reported in most areas. The odd good whiting is being caught. Snapper are coming in from the estuaries and the Tangalooma area. There have been some good cobia caught around the cape and shipping channel, as well as a few spotted mackerel. Some large snapper have been caught at Harry Atkinson’s Reef, but the number of boats make it hard. Burly up some whiting frames and have a couple of live whiting on a long lead 10-20 feet off a running sinker around an hour each side of the tide and you should get results.