My Top 5 Bass Impoundments
Where is your favourite bass fishery? Simple enough question, and one would think after chasing bass competitively for 10 years in more than 20 locations that I would have one answer. Each fishery is curiously unique from the next as is the behaviours of the bass therein. So after some deliberation I have managed to reduce the list to five of what I believe are the best bass dams in Australia.
Glenbawn makes the top five list clearly for fish ability, there are almost all types of terrain to entertain any angler’s interests or favoured techniques. I have targeted bass in Glenbawn on Fly less than 8 inches from the bank and then on soft plastics in more than sixty feet of water near the bottom. Whatever your panache Glenbawn concurs, the dam is long and the topography alters constantly as you make your way towards the river at the top. The fish in the main basin will respond differently to the fish in the 8 knot zone up the back and are typically of a different calibre. At one end of the dam the fish will be fat and healthy whilst at the other it looks as though they haven’t eaten for a month and this changes seasonally. I theoretically break the dam into 3 key areas, I would be confident that the fish will be biting in one of these locations at any point in time. Main basin to the start of the narrows being area 1, narrows through to and including the boot is area 2, then the boot through to and including the 8 knot zone for the final area. It helps to have at least one confidence spot in each of these areas to assist with locating active fish each trip.
Glenbawn is a structure focused dam, no matter where in the dam or what depth of water I find the bass they always associate with some form of structure. This can be as intense as heavily timber strewn banks, or can be as subtle as the river break line at forty feet descending to sixty feet. When I am fishing deep water for Glenbawn bass I often find that they are still containing themselves to a tree even in eighty feet of water. This becomes difficult when you need to drop a line class to as low as 4 pounds to entice the bite. My favourite time to chase bass in Glenbawn would have to be winter. The early morning starts are a little chilly but the fact that I can consistently get onto bass that will bite quickly warms things up. Fishing in winter is typically but not limited to deep water, there are fish on the edges but the fun is to be had out wider. Utilising a sounder and a vertically presented lure you can literally watch the fish follow and attack your lure on the screen. These deep fish have a comfort zone that they like to sit in, you will notice them have a crack at the lure as it leaves their zone either going to deep or too shallow. Keeping the lure in their comfort zone will often result in plenty of follows but no commitment to strike.
When Glenbawn bass are hard to tempt I find myself resorting to soft plastics, it is difficult to better a well presented paddle tail in this dam. T