POPULAR EVENT: The Boondooma Dam Yellowbelly Fishing Competition will attract anglers from across the state to the South Burnett.
POPULAR EVENT: The Boondooma Dam Yellowbelly Fishing Competition will attract anglers from across the state to the South Burnett. Rybell Images

Burnett fishing competition scaling new heights

THE South Burnett is earning a name for itself among anglers as one of best best places in Queensland to reel in a catch.

Boondooma Dam will host the annual Yellowbelly Fishing Competition on February 9-10, an event that continues to attract more visitors to the region each year.

The inaugural event in 2008 attracted 405 competitors, 10 years on 1123 anglers from juniors to adults took to the water.

The Boondooma Dam Stocking Group is looking forward to welcoming even more people to the region this year.

Group secretary Terry Allwood said the 35 member group had been working hard to create and maintain a sustainable fishing dam.

"The group has worked hard to establish Boondooma as one of the premier bass dams in Queensland,” he said.

"It's not renowned for massive trophy fish, but you do get high quality numbers of 40cm plus fish. Our competition weight records currently stand at 2.16kg for the heaviest bass and 3.095kg for the heaviest yellowbelly.”

"Stocking takes place every year, and in the lead up to this year's fishing competition, we have put 101,000 bass into the dam in November 2018, and 100,000 yellowbelly in January.”

Adults and children will compete for prizes in gilled and gutted and catch and release sections for yellowbelly, bass, jew, silver and spangled perch.

As well as the great fishing opportunities Allwood attributes the growth to the family-friendly nature of the event.

"The competition has become an annual weekend away for people,” he said.

"People can camp right on the edge of the dam, and every year we have people here setting up three and four days early to secure a prime position.

"It's a relaxed competition, very family oriented, and we want everyone to be able to have a go and get involved.”

Entry is $20 for adults and $6 for children under 16.

Registration is open from 12pm on Friday, February 8.

South Burnett

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