Value for money at Lake Samsonvale
  |  First Published: March 2004

IN THIS sweltering heat it seems too early to be thinking about winter fishing, but to be prepared you need to submit your application for this year’s boating access for Lake Samsonvale. This scheme is operated by the Pine Rivers Fish Management Association (PRFMA) to raise funds for stocking the impoundment. The past 12 months saw a record annual stocking, with over 100,000 fingerlings released into the lake in late 2003. These comprised Australian bass, golden perch and Mary River cod, and the Association hopes to better this figure in 2004, both in terms of quantity and variety of fish.

The lake can be fished from the shoreline at any time, but those wishing to gain boating access need a permit, issued by the PRFMA. The fee is $110, and allows the holder to access the lake every day of the year. Last month’s article suggested a key deposit would apply but this has now been dropped in favour of a flat fee.

The South East Queensland Water Corporation (SEQWater) allows the issue of a maximum of 300 permits per annum. For the 2004/05 season, applications close on Friday, March 26. If enough applications are received by then to proceed with the scheme, but fewer than the maximum allocation, the PRFMA will continue to accept applications throughout the year until the 300 limit is reached. Permit holders will have access to the lake from May 4, 2004, through until May 3, 2005.

For many ‘occasional anglers’, the scheme provides an opportunity to not only contribute to creating a sustainable fishery right in Brisbane’s backyard, but also to catch some of the best bass and perch found anywhere in the state. For the serious angler, 365 days a year access to this wonderful impoundment comes cheap at around 30 cents per day. A permit is needed only by the person in charge of the boat, so the whole family can enjoy access at no extra cost.

Anglers should not confuse this scheme with the Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) scheme which applies to many of the state’s dams. Having a SIP permit does not grant boating access to Lake Samsonvale.

Guidelines and application forms for the boating access scheme are available from many bait and tackle stores, or direct from the Pine Rivers Fish Management Association, PO Box 131, Lawnton 4501. Alternatively, you can phone the Association on 0417 742 023 or send an email to --e-mail address hidden-- In past issues of QFM I have written articles on how to set up a boat for electric-only impoundment fishing, and techniques for deep trolling using downriggers. I recommend that you have a look at these in preparation for next season.

1) Glenn Riley and kids with the results of a multiple hook-up.

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