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Darter,Lake Gregory

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Because of its long and slender neck, the Australasian Darter is sometimes called the snakebird. Usually inhabiting freshwater wetlands, darters swim with their bodies submerged beneath the water’s surface, with only the sinuous neck protruding above the water, enhancing its serpentine qualities. Darters forage by diving to depths of about 60 centimetres, and impaling fish with its sharp, spear-like beak. Small fish are swallowed underwater, but larger ones are brought to the surface, where they are flicked off the bill (sometimes into the air) and then swallowed head-first.


LAKE Gregory, also known as the Isis Balancing Storage or simply as the "Duckpond" is a small impoundment between Bundaberg & Childers. It is a mere 200 ha in area with an average depth of 3.1 meters & holds just over 6000 ML of water at full capacity.

Officially stocked with only Bass & Silver Perch, several captures of Saratoga & Tarpon have been reported. Being a shallow lake, weed beds dominate the fringes and can be a menace to anglers although there are some deeper sections up to 30 feet.

A Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) is required to fish Lake Gregory.

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Taken on August 31, 2019