As part of our ongoing committment to the recreational fishery at Lake Awoonga, GAWB has introduced six unique 'pink tagged' Barramundi to the Lake, which are worth $1,000 each if caught!
Dates of competition: Monday 8th May 2018 to Thursday 2nd May 2019.
To be a valid winner, entry must be made via the Track My Fish Lake Awoonga Mobile App. Find out more about the App here.
Each year the Gladstone Area Water Board stocks Lake Awoonga with approximately 300,000 fingerlings as part of our Environmental Licence. The primary species stocked are Barramundi, Mangrove Jack and Mullet. To help us understand and monitor the health of the fishery, the Track My Fish Lake Awoonga App has been introduced. The App will provide data to our staff on the number, size and health of catches to help inform our stocking program. We will be reliant on the regular use of the App by fishers to help us gain as much data and insight as possible.
Want to know more? Take a look at our Track My Fish Lake Awoonga Frequently Asked Questions.
Your chance to win each month!
Thanks to our supporting businesses, TackleWorld Gladstone, LJ’s Compleat Angler and Boyne Island Bait and Tackle, we have a gift voucher to give away each month. Each verified catch you enter into the App during the calendar month get’s you an entry into the draw.
Surveys of Flora and Fauna
Both the lake and the entire length of the Boyne River have been extensively surveyed. Numbers of macroinvertebrates and other water dwelling creatures found in surveys are consistent with a healthy lake and downstream waterway.
Lake Awoonga is home to a thriving array of native animals of which several are of conservation significance. The lake and surrounding lands provide habitat for animals in and adjacent to the clear fresh waters created by Awoonga Dam.
More than 415 plant varieties play a vital role in the health of the Lake Awoonga region. Ranging from vine thickets and rainforests to woodlands and aquatic plants they include several plants of conservation significance.
Fishing & Boating
Enthusiastic anglers come to Lake Awoonga to catch the famed barramundi of which over two million have been released into the lake. The largest caught weighing in at a hefty 33.3 kgs. In addition, Lake Awoonga is one of the few dams in Queensland to have been stocked with mangrove jack.
There is no closed season for barramundi at Lake Awoonga however seasonal size and possession limits apply. DAFF fishing regulations govern capture of all other species. A permit is not required to fish at Lake Awoonga.
A public boat ramp is located at the Lake Awoonga recreation area. Boat users of the lake should be aware that submerged hazards exist because of fluctuating water levels. The waters of Lake Awoonga are controlled by Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol and Queensland Water Police under the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994 enforced to prevent potentially dangerous activities. The onus for safety is on the owner and master of the vessel.
Camping at Lake Awoonga Recreation Area
At Lake Awoonga camping is permitted only at the Lake Awoonga Caravan Park or on the other side of the lake at the Boynedale Bush Camp.
Barbecues and Campfires at Lake Awoonga Recreation Area
Sheltered picnic and BBQ areas are located throughout the Lake Awoonga Recreation Area. No fires are to be lit outside of designated fireplaces
Disabled Access at Lake Awoonga Recreation Area
Lake Awoonga has specially designated parking bays, and selected picnic areas that are accessible to the disabled. Visitors with special needs are advised to contact the Rangers on 0419 661 482 prior to arrival so that they can reserve appropriate facilities. Disabled toilet access is available at Ironbark Gully and Riverstone Bay.