REELING IT IN: Brad Wickson tries his luck in the 29th Boondooma Dam Yellowbelly Fishing Competition.
REELING IT IN: Brad Wickson tries his luck in the 29th Boondooma Dam Yellowbelly Fishing Competition. James Barclay

Anglers reel in at Boondooma

FISHING: Boondooma Dam just got a lot richer, with profits from the weekend's yellowbelly fishing competition to be reinvested into the dam.

Sitting at 39 per cent, the dam attracted 945 anglers, including 236 juniors, to the annual competition.

"The lake fished extremely well for the 2019 event, with 157 fish going through the catch and release section and another 145 in the gilled and gutted section," competition spokesman Terry Allwood said.

Mick Turner, of Boonah, claimed the title of the biggest yellowbelly, reeling in a 2.085kg catch.

Kingaroy's Blake Manthey was the best of the juniors, reeling in a 1.470kg yellowbelly.

Michael Jarvis, of Coolum Beach, caught the biggest yellowbelly in the catch and release section at 550mm.

Wendal Maroski, of Murgon, won the longest bass with a 505mm fish.

Jeffery Kinsella, of Moffetdale, reeled in the biggest bass of 1.525kg.

The best junior bass title was claimed by Jake Johnson, of Chinchilla, with a bass weighing in at 1.355kg.

To date 5.3 million fingerlings have been stocked into Boondooma and profits from the event will supplement fishing permit funds from the Queensland Government.

The date has been set for the 2020 competition, with the state's best anglers to return on February 8 and 9.

Allwood said the success of the competition was down to the sponsors, who provided a wide range of prizes and lucky draws for all competitors, giving away more than $50,000 in cash and prizes.