MORE than two million fish have been stocked in Queensland dams over the past year, and with many at full capacity, now’s the time for fishers to reap the benefits.
Manager of Recreational Fisheries Development for Fisheries Queensland Tony Ham said the state’s Stock Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS) dams were always ready to be fished.
“Nearly $640,000 worth of fish have been stocked in SIPS dams around the state over the past year,” Mr Ham said.
“This, coupled with the fact that most dams are full, means there will be more fish to catch.
“Fishing at a SIPS dam is a sustainable fishing option.
“Seventy-five per cent of funds from the sale of permits go to restocking the dams with native fish species.
“As a keen freshwater fisher myself, I would expect a large number of fishers will be flocking to their closest dam to bring home a big one.”
Mr Ham said all of Queensland’s iconic freshwater species were just a “stone’s throw away” from many avid recreational fishers.
“Fishers can catch big barramundi or sooty grunter in North Queensland, or a world-record size barra in central and southern Queensland,” he said.
“The south-east dams are home to some of the best Australian bass fishing in the country, and Murray cod fishing is outstanding in SIP dams that are fed from the Murray Darling basin.
“Consistent feeds of golden perch and bass can also be caught in most of the dams, with the odd big silver perch.
“With many of the 33 dams around the state now full, fishers currently have access to some of the best impoundment fishing in Australia.”
Mr Ham said from July 1 there had been a slight increase in permit fees.
“The new permit fees will be $7.20 for a weekly permit, $36.05 for a yearly permit and $32.40 for a discount yearly permit,” he said.
“This is the first increase in the price of permits since the beginning of the scheme and is in line with the Consumer Price Index.
“The increases have been introduced to continue to replenish fish stocks in the scheme’s dams, and to effectively manage and promote the program as a sustainable fishing experience.
“It also means more fish will be stocked into the dams under the new fee structure.
On current financial figures, it could mean an extra $20,000 available for stocking native fingerlings each year.”
For a full list of SIPS dam locations or to purchase a permit, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.
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Local SIPS dams include Leslie Dam (golden perch, silver perch, Murray cod), Glenlyon Dam (golden perch, silver perch, Murray cod) and Moogerah Dam (Australian bass, golden perch, silver perch, Mary River cod).
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