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Forecasts for Lake Samsonvale Bass 2016/17 (high reliability for fish in size range and catch rates)


  • First forecasts for Australian Bass in Lake Samsonvale will be made in Jun 2016 for 2016/17 as stocking monitoring is based on a financial year
  • Scenarios developed for numbers of Bass in impoundment based on future stocking proposed by stocking group or stocking numbers to maintain current fish numbers
  • Dam not expected to overtop in 2016/17 but depends on long range rainfall forecasts


Stock level worst-case scenario
6% fingerling survival/50% annual reduction in each stocking
Stock level middle-case scenario
12% fingerling survival/30% annual reduction in each stocking
Stock level best-case scenario
15% fingerling survival/20% annual reduction in each stocking
13,000 Bass (unlikely)
35,000 Bass
63,000 Bass
Between middle and best-case



Bass fingerlings required to be stocked to maintain Bass numbers and current fishing conditions 80,000


Fish in size range 200-299mm 0-10%
Fish in size range 300-399mm 40-60%
Fish in size range 400-499mm 30-50%
Fish in size range 500-599mm 0-10%



Taggers catch rates for all fish 13.5-16.5 fish/fisher/day
Taggers catch rate compared with 2015/16 Down 5% – Up 15%



Dam level Not expected to overtop in 2016/17


LS_DL_2016[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Crystal Bowl was extended to Lake Samsonvale in 2016. The lake is under the control of SEQWater and the Pine Rivers Fish Management Association carries out fish stocking. Fishing in the lake is subject to a range of restrictions including the areas that can be fished. Fish stocking is carried out under the Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) scheme and a permit is required to fish in the lake.

Suntag grid map SAM covers the lake.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]DATA SOURCES

Data used in the Lake Samsonvale Crystal Bowl are:

  • Tag and catch records from PRFMA and other local taggers for map SAM (Lake Samsonvale) from http://qld.info-fish.net
  • Recapture records of tagged fish http://qld.info-fish.net
  • Stocked fish and catch records from PRFMA
  • Samsonvale Dam Water Levels from http://www.seqwater.com.au/water-supply/dam-levels