Just a reminder to all QLD anglers that the annual closed season for Australian Bass and Estuary Perch is approaching and commences on the 1st of June until the 31st of August in all tidal waters. This three month closure during the winter months protects these species while they school up and migrate to a suitable section of a system with the right salinity level for them to spawn. It also ensures that the future generations of recreational anglers will be able to enjoy these native sportfish.
Don’t pack away the fishing gear just yet though. Freshwater impoundments can be fished all year round thanks to a stocking scheme and these waters are known to hold some huge fish. All you need is a SIP (Stocked Impoundment Permit) which can be purchased online for around $41 for an entire year with cheaper options for a one off trip. All funds raised from the scheme go towards management of the 32 stocked impoundments throughout QLD and also towards the purchasing of native fish fingerlings via local stocking groups who do this quite regularly.
Exceptions to the closed season have been made so that anglers can still target Bass and EP upstream of the following lakes and dams, as the fish do not breed in these areas. However all standard size and possession limits still apply.
- Baroon Pocket, Bjelke-Peterson, Boondooma, Borumba, Cania, Cressbrook, Fred Haigh (Lake Monduran), Gordonbrook, Hinze, Lenthalls, Maroon, Moogerah, North Pine, Somerset, Waruma and Wivenhoe Dams, Claude Wharton and Jones Weirs, Isis Balancing Storage (Lake Gregory), Lake Dyer (Bill Gunn Dam) and Lake MacDonald.
If you do happen to tangle with closed season species by accident, they need to be returned to water unharmed and as quickly as possible to prevent disruption to their breeding cycle. Fisheries have been know to issue hefty fines to anyone caught targeting or taking closed season species.
Visit the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries for any more information on closed season species in QLD