Australian Bass Fishing


Bass Fishing Season 2008 for Queensland

Australian bass off limits

The closed season for Australian bass is in place throughout Queensland from June 1 to August 31, 2008. 

Senior fisheries management officer Anita Ramage, from the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F), said closed seasons were vital to protect fish during vulnerable times such as spawning season. 

"By following regulations and closed seasons, anglers help protect fisheries resources for the future," Ms Ramage said.

"DPI&F needs support from anglers to allow fish to spawn and stocks to replenish."

The good news for keen bass anglers is that there are exemptions from the closed season, applicable to waterways upstream.

"Australian bass are a migratory species and head downstream to estuarine spawning grounds." 

"Where dams and weirs prevent fish from reaching the breeding grounds, fish are unlikely to spawn and fishing in these listed areas is permitted," Ms Ramage said. 

Fishers have a choice of 16 dams that are already stocked with Australian bass:

  • Baroon Pocket
  • Bjelke-Petersen
  • Boondooma
  • Borumba
  • Cania
  • Cressbrook
  • Fred Haig (Lake Monduran)
  • Gordonbrook
  • Hinze
  • Lenthalls
  • Maroon
  • Moogerah
  • North Pine
  • Somerset
  • Wuruma
  • Wivenhoe.

Other fishing locations include the Claude Wharton and Jones Weirs, Isis Balancing Storage (Lake Gregory) and Lakes at Clarendon, Dyer (Bill Gunn Dam) and MacDonald.

Ms Ramage reminded anglers that size and take and possession limits still applied to those Australian bass taken from these dams and weirs.

She said the minimum size limit was 30cm and the take and possession limit was two.

Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries QLD



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