Lake Glenbawn Winter Tips for a Family Friendly Destination

Story by David Shelton

With bright sun, and glorious winter weather, Lake Glenbawn over the June long weekend was a wonderful place to be. Mako/Yamaha angler Dave Shelton took his family to the lake – trying to tempt some of the lake’s most feisty inhabitants – Australia Bass. With water levels having dropped from last season after summer, the lake presented a few new navigation challenges, with some areas now requiring caution. With the fish at depth in Winter, sight fishing was out of the question, but the super bright winter conditions really showed the benefit of good quality conventional grey tints (G0HR lenses). When boating across these areas with new snags, particularly with bright reflection hiding them, good vision is obviously critical for safe boating, especially with young kids on board!

"the super bright winter conditions really showed the benefit of good quality conventional grey tints (G0HR lenses)"

As expected for this time of year, finding active fish proved difficult initially but a super slow presentation around some out-lying tree tops, soon yielded some quality fish. The pattern showed that after 1 or 2 fish had been pulled from a snag, the school shut down or moved off. Finding similar structure was then the key. With the weather dead calm, the Minn Kota spot-lock function was ideal for working over similar snags to temp the fussy winter feeders. Once an active fish could be coaxed into a strike though, the battle was won or lost in the first few seconds.

Lake Glenbawn in NSW’s Hunter Valley is well known to most Bass anglers, but as a family friendly weekend, it also delivers the goods, with grassy camping and clean amenities, plus a well-stocked shop (and some hard fighting fish for the persistent angler).

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