Lake clifton black bream

 Does anybody know if there are any plans to re open the bream fishery in lake clifton. Was shut mid 90's I think not sure of the reason but haven't heard any news on this for some years. Here's a link to an old article I found.    http://lakeclifton.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/lake-clifton-fishing.pdf


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 Hand line, big puffy jacket 

Fri, 2016-03-04 13:43

 Hand line, big puffy jacket 

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 The thrombolites are just

Fri, 2016-03-04 13:45

 The thrombolites are just too beautiful 

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Nice

Fri, 2016-03-04 14:08

 I think you might be onto something.

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I live pretty close in Bouvard

Fri, 2016-03-04 14:00

I doubt they will ever open it. It is a rare and unique species of Black Bream that is found in there. From recollection though.
Under the thrombolite walk you will sometimes see some pretty decent bream. And dropping a prawn or other bait you can watch them going ape about the food (No hooks attached).
Would be a great spot for Bream but I think we can only dream.

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Fri, 2016-03-04 14:11

 Yeah crasny I have dropped in a few prawns before and the bream are certainly decent.

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As I recall

Fri, 2016-03-04 17:27

The bream are a distinctly different species from those found in other water ways locally.
It is for this reason that fisheries placed a ban on catching them quite some years back, their dna is different from others, although it is strongly suspected that they were introduced to the lakes from the local bream population.

You are right when you say there are some absolute ripper size bream in there, however they are strictly a catch and release prospect as when you try to cook them they turn to mush as the high salt content of the lake affects the flesh making it uneatable.

Now, myself I can't see anything wrong with allowing a catch and release fishery in the lakes however fisheries won't even entertain the idea, so I'm told.

It is also feared, and with some sound logic that if people where allowed to access the lakes in areas other than that specified it is quite likely that the stromalites will be damaged.

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 They closed it after the

Fri, 2016-03-04 19:55

 They closed it after the jetty was built. Word got out of massive bream and it was a bloodbath. The jetty was covered in blood within days and fisheries stepped in and closed it. I called in there one day at lunch when working down that way during the bloodbath period and I was horrified. People crowded on the jetty and massive dead bream tails hanging out of buckets. Its a scence I still remember vividly and it was a log time ago.