Paddle craft will now be permitted on Lake Samsonvale, (North Pine Dam) in designated zones.
A public paddle craft launch point has been constructed at Forgan Cove (off Forgan Road). Paddle craft, such as canoes and kayaks, are now permitted on Lake Samsonvale seven days a week in the designated paddle craft zone.
For your safety, and the safety of others, you must ensure you stay within the designated paddle craft zone which has been clearly marked by warning buoys on the lake.
Paddle craft must only be launched from the designated launch point at Fogan Cove. Stopping or mooring on any land around the lake, other than the Forgan Cove recreation area, is prohibited. Paddle craft with electric or fuel powered motors are not permitted. Swimming is not permitted at Lake Samsonvale.
Download the Lake Samsonvale Recreation Guidefor details of the zoning and our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Bass and yellowbelly have been dominating the reports but there have been a few saratoga showing up as well.
Cast and retrieving heavy spinnerbaits near the edge is a popular technique. Anglers are getting the larger bass a little deeper on the steeper banks hopping Jackall Tn60's or heavily weighted three inch Keitech plastics.
A slow roll is all you need when the bass and yellowbelly are on the chew like they have been. Wivenhoe Dam is also producing the goods on the edges and a great place to take the kids. Trolling deep diving lures around the steeper banks and weed edges will see you hooked up to bass and yellowbelly. If you want to cast lures, focus on the same areas and cast soft vibes like the Jackall Mask 60 or bladed lures and slowly hop them back to the boat. Work the lure the whole way back to the boat as yellowbelly love to follow lures for a while before hitting them.