Fish barra in impoundments

SUFFERING “barra-trauma” now the season has closed?

Does the thought of fresh caught barra sizzling on the barbeque make you salivate? Are you eagerly awaiting the end to the barramundi closed season?

Wait no more because the barra are biting big-time in many of Queensland’s stocked impoundment dams.

Fisheries Queensland Stocked Impoundment Permit scheme (SIPS) co-ordinator Jenny Keys said this was the perfect time to bag a barra in one of the 12 SIPS dams that stock this iconic fish.

“Although the east coast barramundi closure will continue until February 1, fishers are able to catch barra in SIPS dams year round,” Ms Keys said.

“Fishers need not travel far to catch a monster barra, with huge catches being recorded at Lake Monduran, just a few hours drive north of Brisbane.

“But if you are heading to the tropics, Tinaroo dam has also been regularly producing catches of more than one metre.

“However, fishers should be reminded that during the east coast closure a bag limit of one fish each applies, with the minimum legal size being 58 cm.

“The good news is that in SIPS dams, barra over 120 cm are fair game as well.”

Ms Keys said that with many different species stocked in the various dams, there is a smorgasbord of fish to choose from in each one.

“Our dams are also well known as some of the best places to fish for other freshwater species like Australian bass, golden perch and Murray cod.

“For just $7 you can fish for a week but for only $35 you can buy an annual permit and fish all year round knowing you are contributing to the upkeep of the local fish stocking program,” she said.

You can buy a SIP online at www.smartservice.qld.gov.au or visit one of the many agents around the state who sell the permits – a full list of agents is available online by visiting www.fisheries.qld.gov.au.

Gympie Times


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