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Ok i might not be a "beginner" i still think i am ive been fishing less then a year and yaking 6 or 7 weeks now.
I just wanted to know what freshwater fish are edible?
because i think i remember reading somewhere that not many are.
I could be wrong.
Anywho what in Baroon pocket is edible?
 
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Heya Rik,

There are quite a few freshwater fish which are great on the plate :)

Top Picks in QLD (no particular order) :
Australian Bass
Golden Perch (Yellowbelly)
Silver Perch
Eel Tailed Catfish (Need Skinning)
Sooty Grunter
Redclaw Crayfish
Murray Cod (Southermost QLD)

Stay Away:
Saratoga
Forktailed Catfish
Mary River (Eastern) Cod - PROTECTED
Lungfish - PROTECTED

Undecided :
Barramundi (Freshwater)

There may be some others missing but I think I have most of them on there which are of interest to you.
 

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Would agree with Dallas and Red on most points.

But.....

Mary river Cod and Eastern cod are two seperate species.
Both species are protected and endangered.
However Mary River cod caught outside the Mary River syatem in stocked dams can be kept and eaten.
Cod (mary River) caught at Baroon Pocket dam must be released.

Eel tailed catfish don't have to be skinned - But a thorough wash and wipe with paper towel won't hurt as they are quite slippery.
It is highly unlikley you will catch these on lures.

Like most fresh water fish the cleaner the water the better they taste.
Freshwater barra included.
 

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Yep Bass are bloody good.

filleted, skinned and lightly coated in plain flour. Shallow fry in quality olive oil and sprinkle with lemon & salt & pepper to taste. mmmmmmbass
 

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i reckon bass shud be thrown back so other ppl can catch them. i think of them as a sporting fish.
 

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i reckon bass shud be thrown back so other ppl can catch them. i think of them as a sporting fish.
Good onya Jay. I agree with you up to a point. Most of my fish are released but I keep one to eat that day. They are pretty plentifull up this way thanks to the efforts of the impoundment stocking guys.

I never keep wild bass
 

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Mums favorite ..... of all fish.... fork tail catfish, by a long shot :shock:

Cheers all Andybear :lol:
 

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Rik - i'm not sure what the current situation is but from what I remember all fish caught in Baroon Pocket were supposed to be returned as the lake had frequent blue-green algal blooms. Maybe it was just no swimming?

This might be completely wrong - the more I think about it the more confused I get :roll: :lol: Do blooms of blue-green algae affect the eating qualities of fish even? - but as soon as you asked it rang a bell in my addled brain. Be worth looking into I think.
 

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polylureosis said:
Mary river Cod and Eastern cod are two seperate species.
Both species are protected and endangered.
However Mary River cod caught outside the Mary River syatem in stocked dams can be kept and eaten.
Cod (mary River) caught at Baroon Pocket dam must be released.

Eel tailed catfish don't have to be skinned - But a thorough wash and wipe with paper towel won't hurt as they are quite slippery.
It is highly unlikley you will catch these on lures.

Like most fresh water fish the cleaner the water the better they taste.
Freshwater barra included.
I learnt something new today :) as I thought Eastern and Mary Cod were the same.......cheers for that 8)

If Eastern or Mary River Cod are similar on the table as Murray Cod they will be beautiful. We kept a 60cm Murray Cod from the Dumaresq River down on the border and cooked it up in some Coconut Milk, Ginger, Coriander, Lemongrass etc and it was IMO a better table fish than the Aussie Bass we eat fairly often :)

But as mentioned, check your regulations and stick to the bag limits on these species 8)
 

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hairymick said:
I agree with you up to a point. Most of my fish are released but I keep one to eat that day. They are pretty plentifull up this way thanks to the efforts of the impoundment stocking guys.

I never keep wild bass
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With my recent interest in freshwater I've now spoken to a few blokes involved in stocking Hinze Dam on GC, and all say to take a couple for a feed if you wish as the larger fish don't breed in the impoundments and thin out the small new fish being put into the water.

All agree with existing bag limits as keeping stocks OK for the future

Equally I have yet to meet an angler who doesn't return wild bass after landing one
 

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i was told today by a guy that fishies the dam all the time that you can keep you bag limit.
So if i get some good fish i just might be having bass for tea :wink:
 

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Could be wrong but I think b/g alge is a fillet only job for eating.
 

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Could be wrong but I think b/g alge is a fillet only job for eating.
What do you mean mate?
 
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I think he means dont cook the fish whole as there may be algae residue impregnated into the skin which might be ingested and make you crook. I dont know either way if its true, but I would definately be on the safe side and fillet the fish 8)

From what I understand though most (?) algae does not affect the eating quality of the fish. The warning signs at the dams are mainly for the benefit of bathers I think.
 

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yep, that's right, I prefer to gut, fillet and skin the fish on site and leave the remains in the bins at the ramp, where possible, bass from impoundments with high levels of algae have a strong smell of the stuff, but there's no evidence of the smell in the flesh once skinned, having said that, I've eaten the fillets with skin on a few times and it was fine.
 
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