South East Queensland is a mecca for freshwater fishing and boasts some of the best bass fishing for anywhere in the country!
The Hervey Bay area is about as far north as you’ll find wild Australian Bass. There are awesome rivers and creek options, as well as stocked impoundment populations.
The many pristine creeks in the area are lined with tropical and subtropical rainforest. It’s perfect for the bass, which feed aggressively on terrestrial insects dropping from this overhanging foliage. The sport for both fly and lure exponents is nothing short of magnificent.
The gin clear waters of the area are also home to platypus, which are often seen during a day on the water. The birdlife is abundant and varied, a vibrant backdrop when bass fishing.
Unlike the more southern populations, mild winters in this part of the world see the Bass biting aggressively pretty much all year round. And the winter temperatures are perfect for those looking to escape the bitter southern cold.
In the warmer months surface sessions can really go off, with bass taking topwater lures and flies through until mid-morning.
Tackle For Bass Fishing
Light spin outfits – 5-6 kilo – is the best option on these feisty bass. Topwater lures, poppers, stick baits and frogs (plastic not live!) all produce explosive strikes when bass fishing this region. Spinnerbaits, small hard bodies, and plastics all work well on subsurface bites.
For Fly anglers, a # 7 or# 8 weight rod, and matching light weight reel with a large arbour, loaded with a weight forward floating line, is the best outfit for bass fishing.
It’s good to have a range of flies when bass fishing. For surface, try Dahlbergs, gurglars and poppers. If you need to go subsurface try woolly buggers, fuzzle buggers or shrimp imitations.
Where To Fish For Aussie Bass
There are plenty of river and storage bass fishing opportunities within easy drive of Hervey Bay. Excellent accommodation and meals are available. We’ll pick you up from the airport, and take you directly to the fishing – we can organize the accommodation for you too. Your bass fishing experience of a lifetime is just a phone call away!