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Go Fishing + Red Clawing

Kick back, relax and enjoy a fish or ski at one of our many dams, which are also our regions fishing and redclawing hot spots. Information on the Central Highlands fish species and red claw can be found here.

Bedford Weir, via Blackwater

This is a popular boating, skiing and fishing destination and has been stocked with sports fish, including Barramundi, Saratoga, yellowbelly, jew and redclaw. The area is suitable for overnight stays and toilets and showers are available free of charge. Wood fired barbecues and a children’s playground are set in shaded areas by the river, making it an ideal picnic spot.

Lake Maraboon/Fairbairn Dam, via Emerald

Picnic and barbecue facilities are available, among well-kept lawns and shady trees. There is a caravan park on site, though no other camping is available. With plenty of water in the dam at the moment, locals and visitors are enjoying the boating, skiing and fishing. The dam is stocked with yellowbelly, sarotoga, murray cod, barramundi, jew and redclaw.

Bottom Weir, Nogoa River, Emerald

Fish for sarotoga, yellowbelly, silver bream.

Bundoora Dam, via Tieri or Middlemount

Water levels can fluctuate quickly when water is being drawn down. Boating is permitted, and picnic facilities are available. Fish for sarotoga, golden perch, eel-tailed catfish, sleepy cod, spangled perch and redclaw.

Zamia Creek, Bauhinia

Fish for golden perch, yellowbelly, sarotoga or jew.

Local Tips

Looking for some local tips on where to fish? Contact the local Visitor Information Centre.

Maps and Permits

The local Visitor Information Centre will have maps and details on licences, size, take and possession limits. For more information, check with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on 13 25 23.

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