Noosa Chapter

OzFish works with some extremely talented and passionate locals while developing habitat improvement projects to help make fishing better for everyone.

After forming a friendship during weekly yoga classes, founding members & keen fisho’s Ben Broadfoot & David Jones decided to look into organisations that would allow them to make a positive impact on their local waterway. Ben was already a member of OzFish however a local Chapter had not been setup.

They put their heads together and recruited gun local fisho Wayne Carlson to form the OzFish Noosa Chapter in July 2020. Together they hope to grow the Chapter with other locals who have a passion for the local waterways and help it prosper for years to come.


We bring people together to help protect and restore the places you love to fish.

OzFish is dedicated to helping local rec fishers across Australia take control of the health of their rivers, lakes and estuaries. They partner with members and the broader community to invest time and money into the protection and restoration of our waterways.

What we do:

    • Work with fishers to make local fishing grounds healthy, vibrant and more productive
    • Share ideas on how to improve, restore and protect fish habitat
    • Seek grants and support for hands-on habitat restoration.
    • Provide events, resources, education and research that support fishing groups to achieve local outcomes.

Become a member of the OzFish Noosa Chapter.
There is a membership for everyone.


Every new member will receive an OzFish cap, sticker, facemasks and a $10 BCF Gift Card courtesy of our major partner.

Geographic area

The Noosa River flows south from the Cooloola Section of the Great Sandy National Park into Laguna Bay. This river is fed by springs that drain major sand deposits and is one of the few Queensland rivers with a continuous year-round freshwater inflow.
A number of the Mary River tributaries are located in the hinterland regions of Noosa area. Six Mile Creek is the largest of these and Lake Macdonald is the impounded reservoir of the Six Mile Creek Dam which forms part of South East Queensland’s drinking water supply.
These creeks flow into the Mary River and north to Hervey Bay.
The traditional custodians and owners of this region are the Gubbi Gubbi people.

Fishing Noosa and the surrounds

Noosa is inundated with crystalline waters everywhere you look, it really is a fisherman’s paradise thanks to the oceans, rivers, and lakes that make up its geography.

Whether it’s fishing the river or the reefs – you will be enjoying wetting a line all year round thanks to the incredible sub-tropical weather that keeps both tourists and locals in optimal comfort as they try their luck with the fishing gods.

Summer brings about incredible species like the coral trout, mackerel & mangrove jack or in the freshwater lakes and rivers the great Aussie bass and saratoga are always a willing foe.

In the winter, look forward to great fishing for snapper, tailor and winter bream.

The Noosa chapter’s vision is to empower recreational fishers to be stewards of the Noosa River.

  This will ensure that we, as recreational anglers, have input into projects that affect our fishing experience for now and for future generations.

Concerns rec fishers have in the local area

  • The population of local fish stocks
  • Oyster reefs & seagrass vegetation
  • Management of river by others
  • Number of moored vessels in Noosa River
  • Fish habitat & structure degradation
  • Environmental monitoring of river pollutants

Projects on the horizon

Being a relatively new Chapter, the Noosa crew are ready to help and rearing to go. There is interest from Chapter members to get involved with Nature Conservancy’s efforts to restore shellfish reef beds in the Noosa River.

Members are also getting involved in monitoring the shoreline for erosion. By identifying certain areas that need some extra care, the chapter can plan and prioritise future projects.

As well as shoreline erosion the Chapter is also looking into snag monitoring. Snags are fallen trees and branches caused naturally on river banks. These underwater structures attract fish and are a good indicator of where to cast your line for a solid bite.




Noosa has meet-ups on the last Friday of every month. They are open discussions on what members would like to see improved in our local waterways. The Chapter then prepares how to translate ideas into action and works through what stakeholders are needed to make this happen. With the help of OzFish Noosa is going to be doing some great work for their local waterway.

Continue the conversation with the Noosa Chapter. Follow them on Facebook or tag @OzFishNoosa


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