New bass dam opens in NSW

A NEW catch and release sportfishery at Porters Creek Dam near Milton on the NSW South Coast is expected to become a popular destination for local and visiting anglers.

NSW DPI Fisheries deputy director general Sean Sloan said that the new fishery is the result of close work between the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Shoalhaven City Council.

“This is a new and exciting fishing catch and release location where anglers can target native Australian Bass,” Sloan said.

“This new catch and release sportfishery has opened just in time for the Australian bass season opening on 1 September.

“Stocking of juvenile Australian bass in the dam has previously been undertaken by NSW DPI with assistance from the Shoalhaven Council.

“This work is part of the Native Fish Stocking program and has successfully established a productive fishery for these iconic sportfish.

“The work by DPI and Shoalhaven City Council to create a new fishery at Porters Creek Dam will provide opportunities that can be enjoyed for generations to come.”

Sloan said DPI will continue to work with Shoalhaven City Council to maintain and promote fishing access at the dam.

“The dam will be managed in collaboration with the council as a catch and release fly and lure only fishery, that is, no bait fishing allowed,” Sloan said.

“New signage will also be installed at Porters Creek Dam to ensure that the public is aware of these changes.

“DPI Fisheries Officers will also be patrolling the area to ensure that these rules are being followed.”

DPI’s fish stocking and access programs are supported with funds from the Recreational Fishing Trust and is a great example of fishing licence fees being re-invested back into improving recreational fishing.

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