ON THE 2nd of December 2002, Cabinet approved amendments to the Fisheries (Freshwater) Management Plan 1999. These changes affect most anglers who fish freshwater rivers and impoundments. For a full list of the changes, or for clarification on any of the changes, visit www.dpi.qld.gov.au/fishweb/ or call 13 25 23.
The following is a summary of the changes.
Silver perch, Barcoo grunterCombined T&P limit 5
Welch’s grunterC&R in Warrego and Paroo river systems
Eel-tailed catfishCombined T&P limit 5 (limit includes Cooper Creek catfish)
Obbe’s catfishT&P limit 20
Silver tandanT&P limit 20
River blackfishC&R only
Blueclaw crayfishT&P limit 100, berried females to be returned in natural range
Redclaw crayfishT&P limit 40 in natural range, berried females to be returned in natural range
Spiny crayfishT&P prohibited
BarramundiIncreased minimum size to 60cm within non-tidal waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria
Mangrove jackT&P limit 5 in non-tidal waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria
Bloomfield River codT&P prohibited
Sooty grunterT&P limit 10 including khaki bream
T&P – Take and possession
C&R – Catch and release
Australian bass - The exemption to the closed season (June 1 to August 31 each year) has been extended to include Claude Wharton Weir and Jones Weir. This exemption now applies to 22 stocked dams and weirs.
Barramundi - The exemption from the closed season now includes 18 stocked impoundments: Awoonga, Eungella, Kinchant, Peter Faust, Wuruma, Burdekin Falls, Fred Haigh, Koombooloomba, Teemburra, Callide, Fairbairn, Lenthalls, Tinaroo, and East Leichardt dams, and lakes Julius, Belmore, Moondarra and Corella.
These impoundments are exempt from the maximum size limit of 120cm, but they have a T&P limit of 1 barra larger than 120cm throughout the year. These dams also a T&P limit of 1 barra during the closed season (this fish can be larger than 120cm). Recreational fishers may continue to fish in the 18 dams while possessing their limit, but must not fish anywhere else. No tagging is required.
Chinchilla Weir – reduced closure distance to 200m upstream and 200m downstream
Claude Wharton Weir – Reduced the downstream closure to 150m
Fairmount Weir – Upstream closure of 50m and downstream closure of 200m
Hinze Dam – Downstream closure of 400m
Luscombe Weir – Downstream closure of 120m
Lake Macdonald – Downstream closure of 100m
Old Mt Crosby Weir – Downstream closure of 50m
Ned Churchward (Walla) Weir – Upstream closure of 50m and downstream closure of 200m
Wivenhoe Dam – Downstream closure of 600m
A SIP is now required for Glenlyon, Cressbrook, Cooby and Callide dams, raising the total to 29 Queensland dams.
Dilly Mesh Size – 25mm or less
Round Traps – Can be no greater than 70cm diameter or 50cm high, with no more than 4 entrances with each entrance no more than 10cm in any dimension. If the mesh is not made of rigid material it must be 25mm or less.Reads: 1045