Freshwater Fishing Gold Coast – Scenic Rim
When people think of fishing the Gold coast. They tend to think of offshore big game fishing or exploring the vast expanses of our estuary system. Freshwater fishing doesn’t immediately spring to mind. However the Gold coast and nearby Hinterland and Scenic rim regions have a range of options available.
Dam and Impoundment Fishing Near the Gold Coast
There are several dams and freshwater impoundments that are within an easy couple of hours drive from the Gold coast. Importantly these dams are well stocked with various freshwater fish species and a stocked impoundment permit is a must have.
Hinze Dam is the closest option. The Hinze Dam is located 5km west of Nerang on the Gold Coast. The dam is restricted to electric powered vessels, sail craft and paddle craft only. Fishing is permitted along the shoreline at the Eastern boat ramp, Western boat ramp and paddle craft launch point and from restricted vessels on the dam. stocked by the Hinze Dam Fish Management Committee. The dam is stocked with Australian bass, golden perch, Mary River cod, Saratoga and silver perch.
Clarrie Hall Dam
Clarrie Hall Dam is located on Doon Doon Creek – a tributary of the South Arm of the Tweed River, some 15 kilometres south-west of Murwillumbah. The dam has a catchment area of 60 square kilometres and a usable storage capacity of 15,000ML.
The Australian bass in the dam are in excellent condition and this Summer there have been some fish caught over 50cm.
Wyaralong Dam is stocked by the Logan and Albert Fish Management Association Inc. The dam is stocked with Australian bass and Mary River cod.
Wyaralong Dam is located at the base of Mt Joyce north-west of Beaudesert. The dam is restricted to electric powered vessels and paddle craft only.
Maroon Dam is stocked by the Maroon-Moogerah Fish Management Association. The dam is stocked with Australian bass, golden perch, Mary River cod and silver perch.
Maroon Dam is located just over 20km west of Rathdowney. Fishing and water sports are popular activities at the dam. There are no vessel restrictions at the dam. Fishing is permitted along the shore of Slater Park and Maroon Dam Day Use Area and on the dam from vessels.
Moogerah Dam is stocked by the Maroon-Moogerah Fish Management Association. The dam is stocked with Australian bass, golden perch, Mary River cod and silver perch.
Moogerah Dam is located amongst the spectacular scenery of the Scenic Rim, an hours drive south west of Brisbane. The dam is a popular location for fishing and water sports. There are no restrictions on the vessel types that can be used. Boats and kayaks are available for hire at Lake Moogerah Caravan Park.
Freshwater Fishing Gold Coast and Scenic Rim River Systems
The river flows generally north east, joined by eight tributaries including the Oxley and Rous rivers before reaching its mouth at its confluence with the Coral Sea of the South Pacific Ocean. The upper reaches around the towns of Murwullimbah and Uki is a great area to flick lures or flies at the local Bass.
The Nerang River Catchment is the largest and most significant river system on the Gold Coast. Major tributaries = Mudgeeraba Creek, Bonogin Creek, Wyangan Creek, Worongary Creek, Gin House Creek, Little Nerang Creek, Crane Creek and Mooyumbin Creek.
The Coomera River is a perennial river located in the South East region of Queensland, Australia. Its catchment lies within the Gold Coast and Scenic Rim Region local government areas. The upper reaches hold good numbers of Bass, Mangrove jack and even the occasional Barramundi.
Logan and Albert Rivers
The Logan and Albert Rivers are located in the Scenic Rim, Logan and Gold Coast local government areas of the South East region of Queensland, Australia. The 184-kilometre (114 mi)-long river is one of the dominant waterways in South East Queensland that drains the southern ranges of the Scenic Rim and empties into Moreton Bay.
Gold Coast – Scenic rim Creeks – the upper reaches
Freshwater fishing Gold coast can very rewarding for those who are willing to don their hiking boots and explore the upper reaches of the many creeks and tributaries. Both Currumbin and Tallebudgera creeks fish well for bass during the summer months. Further west in the Scenic Rim, Christmas creek and Running creek are well worth a go too.
In conclusion the Gold coast and surrounds have many great freshwater fishing gold coast opportunities for the avid and adventurous angler. However if chasing freshwater species isn’t your thing and you prefer the wind and salt spray and the excitement of the open ocean, check out our Gold coast deep sea fishing charters.