19 January, 2022
How’s the fishing around Clifton?
The Clifton Courier has got its hands on a document that lists five fishing reserves surrounding Clifton where no fishing permits are required.
In the document, Golden Perch/yellowbelly, Murray cod, Jewfish/catfish, black bream and silver perch are listed as fish that can be found.
Worms, crayfish and willow grub are recommended bait and it is advised to you use lures and spinners.
At all five locations, there are no toilet block facilities.
Wet weather can impede access to some of the fishing reserves.
A survey from 2010 showed 12 per cent of Darling Downs residents aged five years and above went fishing in the previous twelve months.
The same survey showed fishing in public lakes/dams and estuaries were the most popular bodies of water and that fishing was most popular to do in January, followed by April and February.
Across the Downs, yellowfin bream and yellowbelly perch are the most commonly caught fish.
1. PASSMORE ROAD RESERVE
Head west along Clifton Leyburn Road. Road splits. Clifton Leyburn Road veers left and Passmore Road veers right. Reserve is situated along Passmore Road on the left hand side. Sign posted. Amenities: free camping, barbecue, wood, seat and tables, fishing, signage, bins, gravels access.
2. PART RESERVE/PART PRIVATE PROPERTY
Head west along Clifton Leyburn Road. At Ryeford, take left onto Ryeford Pratten Road, follow, cross over creek and journey to the Condamine River. The reserve is on the left before you cross the river. Amenities: no camping (it is private), fishing (creek reserve), bin, dry weather road only.
Head west along Clifton Leyburn Road. Road splits. Clifton Leyburn Road veers left and Passmore Road veers right. Reserve is situated along Passmore Road on the left hand side after Reserve #1 on the left. Amenities: fishing only. Take all rubbish with you.
Head west along Clifton Leyburn Road. Reserve is positioned on left after Hegarty Road and before Millbrook Back Plains Road. Amenities: fishing only. Take all rubbish with you.
Head north from Clifton to Nobby on Felton Clifton Road. Cross Kings Creek bridge and the turn is immediately on the left through the gate along the creek bank. Amenities: fishing only. Take all rubbish with you.