Native Eels

Two species of freshwater eels can be found in waterbodies in the Moreton Bay Region - the common Longfin eel (Anguilla reinhardtii) and the Shortfin eel (Anguilla australis).

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:

  1. Heavy rain can naturally flush eels out of lake systems;
  2. Adult eels that migrate to the ocean to spawn do not return; and
  3. 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 waterbodies without fishing restrictions, residents need to check with the rules and regulations of the State Government Fisheries Act 1994. Visit the Queensland Government website for more information.

Within the Moreton Bay region, there are fish stocked dams or weirs, and you may require a Stocked Impoundment Permit before you go fishing. For more information on the locations of fish stocked dams and weirs and purchasing permits, visit the Queensland government website.

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