Native eels

There are two species of eels that can be found in waterbodies in the region. The common Longfin eel (Anguilla reinhardtii) and the Shortfin eel (Anguilla australlis).

Eels can grow to 2.5 metres, and their natural diet consists of insects, fish, yabbies, shrimps, frogs and waterfowl, including ducklings and cygnets. While this natural feeding behaviour can be distressing to witness, eels are an important part of a healthy ecosystem and do not pose a threat to overall waterfowl populations. Council does not cull or remove eels from waterbodies.

A range of factors influence eel populations:

  • heavy rain can naturally flush eels out of lake systems
  • adult eels that migrate to the ocean to spawn do not return
  • eels can also travel overland for short distances from waterbody to waterbody.

Can I fish for eels?

Fishing is prohibited in council-controlled waterbodies where "No fishing" signs are present.

In water without fishing restrictions, residents must check the state rules and regulations by visiting the Queensland Government website.