Mar 152015

Brisbane River Field Trip, Saturday 28 March 2015

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Meeting Location: The Colinton Memorial Park which is next to the Colinton BP Service Station on the D’Aguilar Hwy.

Departure Time: 9:00am. This is the time we will leave the meeting point. If you wish to have breakfast there the BP does a range of hot takeaway and cooked breakfast food. Please arrive before the departure time as we can’t and won’t wait. Please ensure you have enough fuel before we leave for the approximate 2 hour return trip from here.

Destination: We will fish tributaries of the Brisbane River and the Brisbane River proper above and below Wivenhoe Dam.

Three locations have been selected the first being near Linville, the second and third being Twin Bridges and Savages Crossing behind Fernvale. The sites have been chosen as previously prolific lungfish spawning habitats and the first being a good source of plants, the second and third still have not recovered to their former glory of luxurious Vallisnera, Hydrilla, Potomageton and Myriophyllum beds that lungfish once spawned in.

Tentative Itinerary

Please check back closer to the date for final details.

Location 1: Crossing 3 at Linville (9:45 – 10:45)
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Location 2: Twin Bridges (11:30 to 12:30pm)

Lunch at Fernvale Bakery (12:45 to 1:30pm)

Location 3: Savages Crossing (1:30pm to 2:30pm)

Fish likely to be encountered include:

  • M. duboulayi (Crimson Spotted Rainbowfish)
  • Craterocephalus sp. (Hardyheads)
  • Retropinna semoni (Smelt)
  • Mogurnda adspersa (Purple spotted gudgeon)
  • Hypseleotris compressa (Empire Gudgeon)
  • Hypseleotris galii (Firetail Gudgeon)
  • Glossamia aprion (Mouth Almighty)
  • Ambassis agassizii (Glass perchlet)
  • Amniataba percoides (Banded Grunter) – introduced from north Qld
  • Juvenile Tandanus tandanus (size limits apply)
  • Porocheilus rendahli (Rendahls Catfish)
  • Notesthes robusta (Bullrout) – beware of poisonous spines
  • Plus a range of other gudgeons, gobies below the dam, invertebrates and the odd feral or pest fish.

Although not legally targeted, there is a slim chance that some lucky dip netter might also find the elusive Lungfish juvenile. They are rarely seen in the wild but have been spawning at the first site in recent years. Obviously to be returned to the water immediately, after a few photographs.

The expected finishing/macrophyte collecting time is one hour per location.

Lunch: Venue is the amazingly good Fernvale pie shop where you can choose from a quick pastry, to a selection of backed goods, tea and coffee or cold drinks. Seating is either in the café, alfresco under the trees or the park over the road.

Bring: wading shoes, dip nets, folding bait traps (openings must be 5cm or less at widest point), bait or burley for the traps, buckets (with lids), a field tank for photography, an esky or styrofoam box to keep fish cool and calm, plastic bags for the fish, rubber bands, non- iodised salt (cooking salt, rock salt, etc), drinking water, sunscreen and insect repellent, fish and plant identification books, and water test kits if you have them (hardness, total hardness, pH, dissolved oxygen, salinity, etc).

Macrophyte Transplanting Gear Small shovel or hand spade to dig up plants; gardening gloves to protect hands; plastic fish bags or old newspapers to wrap plants in; styrofoam box or esky to transport plants in.

Remember: ANGFA is a conservation society and an important part of each field trip is to survey and record the water conditions and what fish and plants we find. We are not there to take our bag limits of fish. Take only those specimens you plan on displaying or starting a captive bred colony. It is illegal to sell fish from the wild without a permit.

Size and bag limits and equipment regulations apply when fishing in fresh water in QLD. You can find the QLD bag and size limits here: You can find the QLD fishing equipment regulations here:

To nominate for the field trip or to get further information, please contact the Field Trip Coordinator: David Roberts, Mob: 0488 012 208, Email:


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