Rainbow trout released into Central West streams

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Rainbow trout fingerlings. Image: Colin Gordon

THE Central Acclimatisation Society (CAS) recently received its annual allocation of rainbow trout from NSW DPI Dutton Hatchery to release into Central West streams. The aim is to boost existing stocks for the benefit of recreational anglers.

Approximately 160,000 lively rainbow trout were delivered by the Dutton Hatchery team boxed in oxygenated bags – after covid restrictions were relaxed – to allow vaccinated CAS members to distribute the quality fish into streams around Mudgee, Sofala, Oberon, Cowra, Wallerawang, Lithgow, Bathurst, Blayney and Burraga regions.

The fish, measuring 30-50 millimetres long at the time of release, should grow to the legal size of 25 centimetres by the opening of the 2022 trout season – next October long weekend – and continue to supply plenty of fun for recreational anglers in coming years.

The trout should grow to the legal size of 25 centimetres by the opening of the 2022 trout season. Image: Colin Gordon

Colin Gordon, Secretary Sofala branch CAS, said the value of annual restocking, which helps maintain and boosts existing fish populations, enhances recreational fishing opportunities for anglers across NSW.

"Many areas have experienced great fishing as a result of stockings in recent years and good rainfalls have replenished streams after drought," Gordon said.

Colin also said Streams in the Central West are in great condition with plenty of lively trout on offer thanks to the team at Dutton Hatchery who supply excellent quality trout to stock in the local region.

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