Fishing Around Ipswich
Times Chrismas Fishing Liftout Dec.2000)
fishing in our many lakes has become more popular in recent years,
mainly due to the stocking programs that annually put many of
the fish there for all to enjoy.
There are several places with-in an hour of Ipswich that are well
worth considering for your next fishing trip.
Species stocked here are bass, golden perch, silver perch, Mary
River cod and saratoga. There are also breeding populations of
snub nosed gar, eel tailed catfish, spangled perch and the introduced
Bass and golden perch are the main targets here. These can be
found around the edges of the old river bed, or in the standing
timber that dominates the upper reaches. One of the best techniques
is to fish with a live shrimp or crayfish just off the bottom.
Try having as little weight as possible. This allows your offering
to move around more freely and attract more interest. For lure
anglers try using deep diving lures in darker colors close to
the old river bed.
Best spot are at the Hump, Queen Street, Bay 13 or in the standing
There are no boating restrictions on Lake Somerset.
Being a very large water body, Lake Wivenhoe doesn't see as much
boating pressure as other impoundments. Outboard motors are not
allowed here so battery powered electric motors are the normal
mode of transport.
Once known as the Mecca of big bass is southern Queensland, Wivenhoe
lost many of the big fish over the wall during the floods of early
1999. There are still plenty of fish to be had here. Species stocked
are bass, golden perch, silver perch, Mary River cod and saratoga.
There are also large numbers of fork-tailed catfish, spangled
perch, eel tailed catfish, snub nosed gar and the introduced tilapia.
Fork-tailed catfish seem to dominate catches during the summer
There are also good numbers of redclaw crayfish here so remember
to take a trap or dilly there when you go. A boat is not needed
to fish for redclaw, simply take your traps baited with anything
from boiled potatoes to pilchards and toss them in from the bank.
Check your traps every hour or so for best results.
Best fishing spots to try are Platypus Cliffs, out from Hamon
Cove or the steep bank north of Hays Landing.
Lake Moogerah is one of South East Queenslands most established
fisheries having been stocked with bass, golden perch, silver
perch, Mary River cod and saratoga, although the stocking of saratoga
seems to have failed at this stage. There are also populations
of spangled perch, eel tailed catfish and eels that seem only
too eager to take a bait or lure.
Bass seem to be the most popular species here. They can be found
off the rocky points and steep banks towards the wall, on the
edge of the old creek bed and around the start of the standing
timber. Another popular spot is the gently sloping banks off the
ski club point as it slopes down into the creek bed. A good way
to fish this point is by drifting a live shrimp across the front
of the point allowing your bait to bounce along the bottom or
just off it.
There are no boating restrictions at Lake Moogerah.
Situated 25km south of Boonah lays one of South East Queenslands
best freshwater fly fishing destinations. The absence of Bony
Bream (a forage species that is normally found in most impoundments)
has lead to stocked species feeding on insects and crustaceans
that are commonly found on the lake fringes or surface.
Stocked species include golden perch, silver perch, saratoga,
Mary River cod and the most popular target here, bass.
Although not renown for producing big fish, Lake Maroon can certainly
produce good numbers of fish at times. Best techniques are to
fish with a bait under a float just outside of the weedbeds that
dominate the fringes or by casting shallow running lures around
the weed edges.
There are no boating restrictions at Lake Maroon.