In early April Lake Cargelligo in western NSW received 20,000 golden perch – a great boost for the lake, which is now at 40 per cent capacity after being very low during the drought.
“This is good news for a community that is very keen on its fishing and has suffered badly during the prolonged drought,” Industry & Investment NSW Narrandera Fisheries Centre’s hatchery manager Stephen Thurstan said.
The golden perch had been transported from the Narrandera hatchery as part of the NSW Government’s efforts to restock the State’s waterways with native fish.
Thurstan said the restocking program, funded with considerable support from the recreational fishing licence trusts, has helped stock numerous catchments affected by the drought.
“More than 1.7 million fish will have been harvested at Narrandera Fisheries Centre this season, from December to April, which is great news for the State’s keen anglers.”
Other perch stockings around the state included:
• 10,000 silver perch to Lake Albert at Wagga Wagga.
• 20,000 golden perch to Carcoar Dam near Blayney.
• 80,000 golden perch and 30,000 silver perch to Glenbawn Dam near Scone.
• 30,000 silver perch and 30,000 golden perch to Glennies Creek Dam near Singleton.