Research into recreational fish stocks

Valuable information on the recreational fishery in two major impoundments - Burrinjuck and Blowering Dams - is being gathered by NSW DPI researchers.

The success of previous stocking events is being determined by ageing fish and trying to establish relationships between fish survival and conditions within the lake.

Initial results indicate fish survival was high in some years when stocking numbers were quite low; suggesting that water quality may be a substantial factor influencing survival.

Fish have also been aged up to 22 years old and some fish took only three years to reach a size catchable by fishermen.

The study will ultimately provide guidelines for future stocking activities to ensure that the dams remain popular and productive recreational fisheries.

The research is funded by the Recreational Fishing trust and being undertaken by DPI Aquatic Ecosystems staff.