PEJAR Dam has gained an additional two thousand Australian bass as part of the NSW Government’s fish stocking program, NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson said last Friday.
The Minister was on hand to help release the fingerlings at the dam, north of Goulburn, just a week after releasing large ready-to-catch rainbow trout into the water.
“Pejar Dam is already a popular spot for trout anglers because of its reputation for producing trophy sized trout,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
“It is anticipated the release of bass will lure more fishers over coming years and provide a boost to the local community.
“It also is pleasing to announce that over summer a further 10,000 rainbow trout fingerlings and 5,000 brown trout fingerlings will be stocked into Pejar Dam.
“The total number of fish stocked at Pejar Dam is now over 185,000 within ten years,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
The Primary Industries Minister surrounded by representatives of the bass stocking effort.
Pejar Dam has received: 140,000 rainbow trout; 35,000 brown trout; and almost 10,000 Australian bass.
“The Australian bass fingerlings were bred at the NSW Government’s Port Stephens Fisheries Hatchery and transported here to be released today,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
“The fish stocking program is supported with funds from the NSW recreational fishing licence fee which are placed into the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust.
“This is another great example of the NSW Government using funds from the Trust to continue to enhance fishing opportunities for our recreational anglers,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
This year the State Government’s fish hatcheries will produce and stock more than one million native fish and close to three million trout and salmon into impoundments and streams throughout regional NSW.