If you have been wondering why there has been no news from Lake Samsonvale for the last few months, it’s because there is no news. The lake has been closed to boating access from early July as the water has receded from the boat ramp, forcing the Pine Rivers Fish Management Association (PRFMA) to suspend boating access. This suspension will remain in place until sufficient water flows back into the lake to provide safe access.
The PRFMA created a temporary ramp some time ago, and extended this several times in an attempt to provide ongoing access. In spite of these measures, the association was forced to take the difficult decision of closing the access site until further notice.
The PRFMA wanted to ensure its stocking program continued in spite of the site closure, and approached boating access permit holders to ascertain their willingness to continue contributing to the program. Permit holders were offered the choice of a refund of their permit fees, or retaining their permits in the hope of being able to regain access before the end of the current season (May 2006). In this way, the association could be assured of an income from which it could continue the stocking program. True to form, the majority of permit holders showed their commitment to the development of a sustainable fishery and opted to not seek refunds.
Of course, we cannot determine when the water levels will rise far enough to allow boating access, but permit holders will be contacted by the PRFMA when boating can recommence. Dam levels are reported on the SEQWater website at www.seqwater.com.au (look under Public Notices / Dam Levels). The North Pine Dam level would need to rise above 55% before a decision to allow boating access could be considered.
It’s not all doom and gloom, however, as you can still fish from the shoreline. There have been reports of excellent bass and golden perch being taken on live shrimp at McGaven View. Early morning and late afternoon are the choice times, and a rising barometer will improve your chances.
For further information on the boating access scheme, contact the Pine Rivers Fish Management Association at PO Box 131, Lawnton, Q 4501, call 0417 742023 or email --e-mail address hidden-- Information is also available from the PRFMA website at http://prfma.tripod.com.
1) At the time of writing, Lake Samsonvale (North Pine Dam) is at around 36% of its capacity. It will need to get to above 55% before boating can recommence.Reads: 499