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Fresh Water Fishing And Boating Around The Sunny Coast

 

When the weather is too rough to head out into the ocean or you are looking for something different to do with your boat or ski. Why not give some fresh water fishing a go. For those that are looking for information on where you can go fresh water fishing and what you could catch. We have put together some info that you may find useful. Please take note that on some lakes combustion engine boat are not allowed.

A variety of permits and regulations apply for boating and fishing. It is also is important to have these permits before you undertake these activities. Below is the government “Permit for Fishing in Dams site” It is advised that you read, understand and acquire a permit if it is required for the dam you wish to fish in.

http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/fisheries/recreational/permits-dams/stocked-impoundment-permit

Fishing is a permitted activity at several lakes. To fish from a boat, you may need both a fishing permit and a boating permit, where required.

Shore-based fishing can be carried out from appropriate sections of the designated recreation areas. Other areas of the shoreline may be private land or may be subject to re-vegetation projects, and access to that land is not permitted.

This link will get you to the SEQ Water site where it has the list of dams and information on the permitted recreational activities.

http://www.previous.seqwater.com.au/public/recreation/activities-by-location

For distances we have used Maroochydore as the starting point as it is roughly the center of the sunshine coast.

Also have a chat to your favorite tackle shop for what set up you should have.


List of Dams:

Lake Macdonald

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Distance and travel time from Maroochydore; 47.3km – 42min

Boating: No fuel powered boats, electric or non-powered only.

Fishing: Stocked fish include Mary River Cod, Bass, Yellowbelly, Saratoga & Snub Nosed Gar with endemic populations of Tandans (Eel Tailed Catfish) Eels and the introduced Spangled Perch.


Cooloolabin Dam

Cooloolabin Dam

Distance and travel time from Maroochydore; 30.5km – 34min

Boating: At this stage fishing is only shore based.

Fishing: Not much info here as no fish stocking is being reported. It was done many year ago and what I can gleam is that the following species have been caught. Reports are that they are big fish. Bass, Yellowbelly.


Lake Baroon

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Distance and travel time from Maroochydore; 52.4km – 48min

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Sailing, fishing and canoe/kayaking are still permitted. Please note there are no increased risks to users of the land-based recreational areas at Lake Baroon, and the picnic areas remain open.

Boating: No fuel powered boats, electric or non-powered only.

Fishing: Stocked species include Bass, Golden Perch & Mary River Cod as well as the naturally occurring Eels, Tandans & Spangled Perch. The Obi Obi Gorge below the dam is one of the few remaining places where Mary River Cod are maintaining a wild population. The taking of Mary River Cod is totally prohibited both in Baroon Pocket Dam (Lake Baroon) and in Obi Obi Creek, Obi Obi Gorge.


Ewan Maddock Dam

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Distance and travel time from Maroochydore; 27.7km – 22min

Boating: Fishing is restricted to bank angling or paddle/wind powered canoes, kayaks or boats.
There is a gravel launching area between the water intake tower and the spillway.
Other access points are provided at the western end of the saddle dam and a couple of kilometers north west along Mooloola Connection Rd.

No propellor driven vessels should be used here due to the noxious weed, Cabomba. Propellors cause the weed to break up and spread rapidly.

Fishing: Ewen Maddock Dam is stocked with Australian Bass, Yellowbelly, Mary River Cod and Saratoga.
There are naturally breeding populations of Tandans (Eel Tailed Catfish), Spangled Perch and Eels.
There have been reports of Barramundi being captured in Ewen Maddock Dam. These would almost certainly have been illegally introduced into the lake.


Lake Somerset

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Distance and travel time from Maroochydore; 107km – 1hr 24min

Note that shoreline fishing and boating are permitted at the appropriate sections of the designated recreation areas. Other areas of the shoreline may be private land or may be subject to re-vegetation projects, and access to that land is not permitted for shoreline fishing nor for launching, retrieving or beaching vessels.

Boating: All forms of boating are allowed but a SEQWCorp permit is required for all trailerable vessels.
There are 6 lanes of concrete launching ramp at Kirkleagh + a well-maintained gravel ramp that is used at low water levels. There is a double lane ramp at The Spit (near the dam wall) + another single lane concrete ramp that becomes uncovered when water levels drop below approximately 75%.
No boating is permitted on Lake Somerset at night.

Fishing: Lake Somerset is the one of the most popular and probably the most heavily fished lake in Qld. However Lake Somerset is still probably the best producing and most consistent big bass and Golden Perch Lake with reasonable access in Qld, possibly only a second place to Lake Wivenhoe as the big bass capital of Qld.

Lake Somerset has everything a good lake fishery needs. It has deep water, rocky points, large flats areas, standing timber in the top half of the lake.
Local fish stocking group, SWSFA, DPI Fisheries & the SEQWCorp have released over 3 million Australian Bass, Yellowbelly,Silver Perch, Mary River Cod, Saratoga & Snub Nosed Gar into Lake Somerset. There are also breeding populations of naturally occurring Tandans (Eel-tailed Catfish) & the introduced Spangled Perch, Banded Grunter, Qld Lungfish & Tilapia. (All Tilapia must be destroyed if caught. They are declared a Noxious Fish).


Lake Wivenhoe

Wivenhoe

Distance and travel time from Maroochydore; Average 160km – 2hr 10min depending on route. (Suggest go Kilcoy route)

Note that shoreline fishing and boating are permitted at the appropriate sections of the designated recreation areas. Other areas of the shoreline may be private land or may be subject to re-vegetation projects, and access to that land is not permitted for shoreline fishing nor for launching, retrieving or beaching vessels.

Boating: Boating is allowed but with electric motor, paddle or sail power only. To stop pollution, no internal combustion engines are allowed to be used but can still be left on boats.

Outboard motors are permitted in the Brisbane River upstream of Barneys Rocks.

Fishing: Fish Stocked are Australian Bass, Yellowbelly, Silver Perch, Saratoga & Mary River Cod.
Other fish present are Fork Tailed Catfish (Silver Cobbler) Spangled Perch, Tilapia, Banded Grunter, Snub Nosed Gar, Eels, Qld Lungfish and Redclaw crayfish.
Lake Wivenhoe is undoubtedly the home of Big Bass in Queensland, possibly Australia being rivalled possibly only by Lake Genbawn in NSW or Wivenhoe’s sister, Lake Somerset immediately upstream. However the restricted access and limited boating use mean that many of Lake Wivenhoe’s big bass are left unmolested most of the time.


Lake Barambah

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Distance and travel time from Maroochydore; Average 179km – 2hr 8min

Boating: There are normally no boating restrictions on Lake Barambah. There is a no boating / fishing zone in front of the dam wall. There are two boat ramps provided, one adjacent to the dam wall and another immediately below the camping area.

Fishing: Lake Barambah has been stocked with Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Saratoga and Australian Bass. There are breeding populations of Tandans (Eel Tailed Catfish) & Spangled Perch here as well as the illegally introduced Sleepy Cod and Redclaw Crayfish.
Once overshadowed by the likes of Lake Somerset and Wivenhoe, Lake Barambah has come of age in the last few years and is now regarded as one of the big bass impoundments in Queensland.

A Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) is required to fish Lake Barambah.


Boondooma Lake

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Distance and travel time from Maroochydore; Average 235km – 3hr 13min

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Boating: There is a good quality, two laned boat ramp provided.

There are normally no boating restrictions on Lake Boondooma however there is a no fishing / boating zone around the dam wall.

Fishing: Over 200,000 fingerlings are released annually into the dam, with main species being golden perch (yellowbelly), silver perch and Australian bass.  Anglers like fishing here because all fishing methods work – from bait fishing for perch, cod and catfish in the snags along the rock walls, chasing bass in the main basin with shrimp and worm baits, the use of lures for both edge fishing and over the broad flats, and even deep-fly tactics. Lake Boondooma is considered one of the most consistent inland fishing spots in Queensland.

A very popular Yellowbelly Fishing Competition is held on the second weekend of February each year.  A stocked impoundment permit (obtainable from the kiosk) is needed to fish.


Lake Monduran

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Distance and travel time from Maroochydore; Average 324km – 3hr 40min

Boating: There are no boating restrictions on Lake Monduran / Fred Haig Dam. It is open 24 hours. A concrete boat ramp is provided in the public access area with a gravel ramp below the lookout area (near dam wall & camping area) Lake Monduran has may vast bays full of standing timber. Please take care at all times when boating.

Fishing: Fish species stocked into Lake Monduran include Australian Bass, Barramundi Golden Perch, Saratoga, Silver Perch and Sooty Grunter however the Barra and Bass are the real drawcards. The Sooty Grunter, Silver Perch, Saratoga and Golden Perch seem to have not established however the occasional capture is recorded.

There is a breeding population of Fork-Tailed Catfish present, which can dominate captures at times here as well as Eels, Tandans, Snub Nosed Gar & Spangled Perch.


Happy Safe Fresh Water Boating & Fishing !

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