Young people stand on rocks to catch fish at the Mt Crosby weir. Fishing is not allowed from 200m upstream to 400m downstream of the bridge.
Young people stand on rocks to catch fish at the Mt Crosby weir. Fishing is not allowed from 200m upstream to 400m downstream of the bridge. Contributed

Fishing ban? What fishing ban?

FISHERMEN angling illegally at the Mt Crosby Weir have been caught on camera, proving people are defying the ban despite clear signage.

A Karana Downs resident responded to last week's article in The Queensland Times with a number of images he snapped of people fishing in the restricted zone.

The images were taken by Adrian Wellington on Sunday November 13 and show people near the fish ladder with tackle boxes and lines, and another group using a net on the ladder - all within metres of the weir.

Mr Wellington said he regularly passed the weir and noticed people fishing in the zone "every day, seven days a week".

"It's families as well as teenagers, and locals as well as visitors - it's terrible to think that locals are doing it, because they know exactly what's going on, but they are," Mr Wellington said.

"It's been going on for years, but it's been worse since the floods."

Mr Wellington said more should be done to fix the problem.

"I used to call Fisheries, and I would approach people myself and say 'look, you're doing the wrong thing,' and on occasions I was threatened with violence," Mr Wellington said.

"But it's ridiculous, they know they are in the wrong and they just keep doing it, they blatantly cheat to catch a few fish and destroy the environment as well."

Mr Wellington said a "blitz" by the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol could help.

"The Fisheries guys do what they can, but they can't be out there 24/7," Mr Wellington said.

"But what they should do is go out there 24/7 for a week or two and get absolutely everyone, all the casual fishermen, then at least everyone gets the consequences."

State Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt said anyone who notices offenders should not approach them, but instead call his office or the FishWatch hotline on 1800017116.

"If you approach anyone it could get dangerous, so call myself or Fisheries instead," Mr Wendt said.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol confirmed they patrolled the area, but could give no further details at time of writing.



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