Clear Island Waters is on the Mudgerabba Creek system in a housing estate on the Gold Coast. Bass and saltwater fish occur here naturally but the waters are stocked with Australian Bass by the Australian Bass Association regularly.
Although the population of bass are mostly small in size, from time to time you may encounter a larger specimen near or over the 50 cm mark. As the system is controlled by a dock so as waterfront land owners have access to the Nerang River, Clear Island Waters does hold good quantities of Saltwater species most commonly Bream with specimens often caught well over the 40 cm mark.
Clear Island Waters is a favorite spot to fish for Bass for a lot of kayakers as it offers an alternative to the saltwater fishing nearby and is an easy to get to spot to launch and try to catch a bass. Also for these reasons it is popular with kayakers living in the southern and western Suburbs of Brisbane as it is at the most only an hour drive to the launching spot.
To get to the launching spot for Clear Island Waters and you reside in Brisbane drive south along the M1 heading past the Nerang exits and going further in the direction of Tugan. Along the way look for Exit Sign 77, this is the exit you need to take you onto Gooding Drive, which is straight away left on the round about just after the exit. Gooding Drive is a divided road and you need to follow this road for three and a half kilometers until you come onto a large roundabout, make sure you are in the right hand lane as you approach it as you need to turn right from this round about onto Robina Parkway. Once on Robina Parkway travel another one and a quarter kilometres to the next round about where you need to exit to the left, this will take you to a small parking area beside a Dog free leash park.This is the corner of Robina Parkway and Boowaggan Road. Park here and you will see the waters of Clear Island Waters to your side. There is no proper launch facilities here but this is the best way to access the area. Once out of the car you will see small access areas created on the side of the lake by previous kayakers. The parking area here is very safe with frequent visitors to the area walking their dogs.
Find a suitable spot to launch, be careful as some of the access areas are quite rough with slippery gravel and washouts but with care a launch can be done.
Clear Island Waters has two areas to fish, there are areas that are surrounded by houses with pontoons and docks protruding into the water. Some of these have weed and moss growing along the sides of them which attract bait and fish to the area. Then there are the open edges of the lake with no houses but grass and reeds growing to the edges of the banks again with abundant weed beds which again would hold bait and in turn attract fish to the edges.
Also there are some areas that have had some dredging when the lakes were constructed and you will find drop offs and gullies if you search around with your sounder.
This is a great spot that is mostly away from the crowds and will give you an ideal opportunity to tangle with an Australian Bass.