The Queensland Government has almost doubled the number of stocked impoundments where anglers can fish under the Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS).
The expansion of the program from July 1, 2016, gave fishos access to 63 dams and weirs throughout the state.
“The addition of these fishing spots will see a boost to freshwater recreational fishing right across the state,” Minister for Agricultural and Fisheries Leanne Donaldson said said.
“Anyone over 18 who wants to fish in these waters will require a permit but the good news is that at least 75 per cent of the money received in permits will be directed back into the system.
“This means this money is being used to enhance the stocking program and for the first time, it will allow stocking groups to apply to use some of this money to enhance the recreational fishing experience at their local dams and weirs.
“The expansion of the SIPS will provide increased recreational fishing opportunities to regional communities through the provision of world class freshwater fishing.”
This is a win-win for recreational fishers, local fish stoking groups and regional communities right across Queensland.
“Currently the scheme generates revenue of approximately $1 million each year through the sale of some 50 000 permits,” Ms Donaldson said.
“SIPS will also move into the 21st century from 1 July with permits becoming digital making it fast, easy and convenient for anglers.
Digital permits for freshwater fishing will arrive by email or text message and will be able to be displayed on the phone.
Australia Post will manage the sale of permits which can be purchased online, at any Australia Post outlet or sub-agent in Queensland and from limited locations in northern New South Wales or over the phone.
An annual permit costs $50, $36 for an annual concession permit and a weekly permit is $10.
Permit fees have been fixed for the next five years.
New SIPS stocked dams and weirs …
· Aplins Weir Townsville (North Queensland)
· Caboolture River Weir, Caboolture (Moreton Bay)
· Goondiwindi (Hilton) Weir, Goondiwindi
· Miles Weir, Miles (Western Downs)
· Baroon Pocket Dam, Maleny (Sunshine Coast)
· Cecil Plains Weir, Cecil Plains (Toowoomba)
· Hinze Dam, Gold Coast hinterland
· Surat Weir, Surat (Maranoa)
· Beebo Weir, Texas (Goondiwindi)
· Chinchilla Weir, Chinchilla (Darling Downs)
· Inglewood Town Weir, Inglewood (Goondiwindi)
· Talgai Weir, Clifton (Southern Downs)
· Beehive Dam, Wallangarra (Southern Downs)
· Claude Wharton Weir, Gayndah (North Burnett)
· Jones Weir, Mundubbera (North Burnett)
· Whetstone Weir, Inglewood (Goondiwindi)
· Ben Anderson Barrage, Bundaberg
· Ewen Maddock Dam, Landsborough (Sunshine Coast)
· Koombooloomba Dam, Ravenshoe (Tablelands)
· Woodford Weir, Woodford (Sunshine Coast)
· Ben Dor Weir, Inglewood (Goondiwindi)
· Gill Weir, Miles (Western Downs)
· Lake Belmore, Croydon (Gulf Savannah)
· Wyaralong Dam, Beaudesert (Scenic Rim)
· Black Weir, Townsville (North Queensland)
· Gleeson Weir, Townsville (North Queensland)
· Lake Kurwongbah, Petrie (South east Queensland)
· Yarramalong Weir, Milmerran (Toowoomba)
· Bonshaw Weir, Texas (Goondiwindi)
· Glenarbon Weir, Texas (Goondiwindi)
· Lemon Tree Weir, Millmerran (Toowoomba)