Fraser Coast Fish Stocking Association
Fraser Coast Fish Stocking Assn
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Our role & objectives

The FCFSA are responsible for the creation, management & maintenance of fish stocks in the waters of Lake Lenthall (Lenthalls Dam). The lake is stocked with the following suitable native fish species Australian bass, barramundi, silver perch, golden perch & snub nosed gar primarily for recreational fishing purposes for the general public under the Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme as put & takes fishery.

All fish stocking activities are carried out in accordance with & under permit from the Qld Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries. FCFSA has objectives and principles which clearly define its role in the overall fishery management program these include promoting fishing based tourism in the Hervey Bay region.

Who are we?

The Fraser Coast Fish Stocking Assn Inc is made of up local business owners, recreational anglers, government body representatives and members of the public. We all share the same goal of sustainable fish stocks through conservation based management programs. Of course we are all keen anglers who thoroughly enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer and do our best to promote this responsibly.

Contact

Fraser Coast Fish Stocking Association Inc
PO Box 987
Hervey Bay, Qld, 4655
scotto@scotto.com.au

Become a member

Yearly membership costs $20 per individual and $30 per family (membership renewals are in financial years - from 30th June each year)

Fees may be paid directly into the FCFSA bank account:
Bank - Wide Bay Australia
Account Name - Fraser Coast Fish Stocking
BSB - 656 400
Account number - 101 609 191
Reference - Please use your name

Membership Application / Renewal Form HERE>>>

Meetings

General meetings are held on the-
o 1st Monday of October ( AGM )
o 1st Monday of December, March & June

Starting at 7.00pm, out the back of Kondari Resort/Hotel:
49 Elizabeth St
Urangan QLD 4655
http://www.kondari.com.au

All interested persons are most welcome to attend any meeting. Special meetings will be called by the management committee if required between these times.

About Lake Lenthall ( Lenthalls Dam)

Built in 1984, Lenthalls Dam was named after the pioneering family in the district; the waters created by the dam are called Lake Lenthall. With a catchment area of over 935 square kilometres it is fed by six main creeks which from the most southerly point are Logbridge Creek, Doongul Creek, Harwood Creek, Sugarbag Creek, Duckinwilla Creek & Woolmer Creek.

The catchment area starts in the Seaview Ranges which are directly west of the dam and can be seen from the viewing area near the dam wall. Mt Doongul & Mt Ganamon are the two most prominent features of the horizon from this point. The Lake is approximately 7 kilometres long with a two lane concrete boat ramp situated fairly centrally.
The Lake forms the head waters of the Burrum River system which also includes the Isis, Cherwell & Gregory Rivers. The lake has a relatively small surface area of around 400ha, an average depth of 3.9 meters and holds some 28000 ML of water at full supply level. Owned and managed by Wide Bay Water Corporation its purpose is for the supply of water to the city of Hervey Bay and surrounding townships.

To help ensure the Fraser Coast has a secure water supply to support its growing population; Wide Bay Water raised the height of the dam wall in 2007. This increased the lake's capacity by nearly 10,000 million litres. Its previous capacity was 17,800 mega litres. It can now hold up to 28,000 mega litres.
Wide Bay Water used Crest Gates to increase the height of the dam. This approach won a High Commendation award from Engineers Australia in 2008. This award recognised the project's innovation and benefit to the community.

Fish species

Australian bass, barramundi, silver perch, golden perch & snub nosed gar. There are also Eels, Tandans and the introduced Spangled Perch present. There have been rare reports of Saratoga. Bass have been the main species caught here however Barramundi are showing up more often and will no doubt give this location national publicity in coming years. It is Australia's most southern barramundi fishery open to the public (outside of fish farms).

A stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) is required to fish at Lake Lenthall, these are available locally at the road house a few km North of the turnoff on the Bruce Highway or Purchase Stocked Impoundment Permit on-line - QDPI&F

Facilities:

Lake Lenthall has established a strong reputation for its Australian bass stocks and is regarded as one of the most consistent bass fisheries in the country. Yellow belly (golden perch) is also caught in good numbers as well as the sought-after barramundi. Visitors can enjoy the picnic area near the dam overlooking the lake or explore the walks along paths that follow the shoreline. The lake attracts a plethora of native flora and fauna and bird-watching is a must. Look out for the rare Black Breasted Button Quail.

There is also a viewing platform above the spillway that can be accessed on foot. Wide Bay Water Corporation has undertaken a substantial upgrade of the Lake Lenthall recreational area. Current facilities now include:

o Toilets
o Covered picnic tables
o Camping Sites
o Viewing platform above the spillway
o Walking tracks
o Boat ramp
o Fishing/viewing Platform
o Easy parking
o Disabled access

BOATING RESTRICTIONS

Powerboats are allowed on Lake Lenthall but speeds and horsepower are restricted. Visitors should be aware of the low emission outboard engine policy for Lake Lenthall which allows only 2 and 3 star rated engines up to 60hp. Low emission engines include:

o All 4-stroke engines up to 60 horsepower
o Low emission direct injection 2-stroke engines up to 60 horsepower
o The speed limit on the lake is strictly 6 knots
There are no public phones at Lake Lenthall. Nearest fuel, bait and tackle are at service stations along the Bruce Highway.

Fishing:

A Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) is required to fish at Lake Lenthall.
These are available at the roadhouse a few kilometres north of the turn-off, on the Bruce Highway, or fishing supply stores in Hervey Bay and Maryborough. Alternatively, they can be purchased online from the Queensland Government at www.smartservice.qld.gov.au/services/permits/fishing/apply
Standard fishing bag and size limits apply at Lake Lenthall.

More information can be obtained from the size, take and possession limits - fresh waters as published by Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol.
http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/28_2994.htm
Hervey Bay phone 07 4125 3989

Camping

Camping is now permitted at Lake Lenthall. Short stay camping up to three (3) days/two (2) nights is permitted. The maximum number of campers at any one time is eighteen (18) plus up to six (6) self contained camper vehicles that have waste storage facilities.

The number of campers is limited to the capacity of the on-site sewage treatment facilities to protect the main drinking water source of Hervey Bay.
Lake Lenthall Camping Rules

o There is no electricity or drinking water available on site.
o Maximum 2 nights stay. Site check in time is 11am / Site departure time is 10am.
o Generators not permitted.
o No detergents to be used in the lake. Washing sinks are available behind the top toilets.
o Open fires are prohibited in the recreation area. Please remember your gas cooker.
o All food scraps and fish carcasses to be wrapped prior to placing in rubbish bins.
o Camping areas are to be kept clean and tidy at all times.
o No parking or driving on grassed areas.
o Noise to be kept to a minimum after 9.00 pm.
o Parents/Guardians are responsible for their children's safety and behaviour within the camping/recreational area, children under 7 years of age must be accompanied by an adult to the amenities.
o It is the responsibility of all camp patrons to secure and make safe their own possessions.
o Domestic pets are not permitted at Lake Lenthall.
o There are no waste dumping facilities at Lake Lenthall.

Booking a site

Places are limited so pre-booking of sites is required. To book site visitors can contact the Lake Lenthall Ranger Office on (07) 4129 4833
Camping is also available at the nearby Wongi Waterholes (see Department of Environment and Resource Management). There are no public phones at Lake Lenthall. Nearest fuel, bait and tackle supplies are at service stations along the Bruce Highway.
Visitors need to bring their own drinking water.

On-Site Ranger

Wide Bay Water Corporation has appointed an onsite ranger at Lake Lenthall to oversee the maintenance and use of Lake Lenthall facilities.
Ranger Rob Hardy can be contacted on 07 4129 4833
In the case of an emergency at Lake Lenthall please phone 0400 103 362


DISCLAIMER

The Site Rangers as authorised by Wide Bay Water Corporation reserve the right to evict any person contravening these Rules & Conditions, or the Recreation Management Plan and Camping Management Plan Rules and Regulations. Wide Bay Water Corporation reserves the right to increase site fees or change these rules and regulations without notification. The Rangers have the right to refuse site usage or entry to any person. Wide Bay Water Corporation shall not be responsible for and disclaims all liability for any loss, liability, damage (whether direct, indirect, or consequential), personal injury or expense of any nature whatsoever which may be suffered by you or any third party, as a result of, or which may be attributable, directly or indirectly, to your access and use of Lake Lenthall and the Lake Lenthall Recreation Area.
Access - Currently Lake Lenthall is open daily from 6.00am to 4.00pm. Gates are locked overnight.

Getting there

Lake Lenthall is in the Wongi State Forest, 36km south-west of Hervey Bay, and is the primary reservoir for the city's water supply. For those wanting a peaceful fishing or picnicking experience, the lake is open from 6am to 8pm. Fishing permits are required and can be obtained by phoning the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries on 13 25 23.
The State government maintained road into the lake from the Bruce Highway is unsealed and does require care and low speeds. A 4WD is recommended during wet conditions.

Click HERE>>> for a detailed map on how to get to Lake Lenthall (A4 printable version )

Related Links

Fishing Reports - Sweetwater Fishing Forum
Related Info
Wide Bay Water Corporation
Dept of Primary Industries & Fisheries

Lake Lenthall Boat Ramp Lenthalls Dam Carpark Wongi Waterholes Amenities at Wongi Waterholes Campground
Lake Lenthall Boat Ramp
Carpark
Wongi Waterholes Camp Ground
Wongi Waterholes Amenities
Australian Bass Tournament competitors await the starters gun on a chilly winters morning at Lake Lenthall, 38 competitors caught & released hundreds of Australian bass for the 6 hours of fishing.
Australian Bass Tournament competitors await the starters gun on a chilly winters morning at Lake Lenthall, 38 competitors caught & released hundreds of Australian bass for the 6 hours of fishing.
A 7.2kg Long finned Eel captured by commercial Eel trapper Kev Greenhalgh, Kev trapped over 3 tonnes of Eel in just under 3 months at Lake Lenthall. Eels can devour literally thousands of fingerlings.
A 7.2kg Long finned Eel captured by commercial Eel trapper Kev Greenhalgh, Kev trapped over 3 tonnes of Eel in just under 3 months at Lake Lenthall. Eels can devour literally thousands of fingerlings.
The 5 new crest gates, the first to be built on a curved weir. The public viewing platform is located at the top of the spillway wall.
The 5 new crest gates, the first to be built on a curved weir. The public viewing platform is located at the top of the spillway wall.
 

Lake Lenthall Map

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