Restocking program helps locals and visitors to catch a big one at Carcoar Dam


As part of the NSW Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries annual restocking program, Member for Bathurst, Paul Toole joined Blayney Fishing Club today to release another 500 tagged rainbow trout fingerlings into the popular recreational and water sports area at Carcoar Dam.

Blayney Fishing Club President, Tom Williams who has been involved in the local restocking program for decades, said the program aims to promote recreational fishing and encourages reporting of the tagged fish numbers to monitor activity.

"Annual restocking programs for our local waterways is not only important to maintain the aquatic ecosystem, it is an important way to boost visitation numbers to the area," Mr Willliams said.

Around 500 rainbow trout fingerlings that were farmed for this purpose, travelled from Ebor in NSW to be relocated into Carcoar Dam as part of the program.

They are numbered with special tags to encourage those lucky enough to catch a fish to record the number and report to the Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries and they will receive a free lure as an incentive.

Member for Bathurst, Paul Toole MP said the program is very valuable as a tourism development opportunity and to help reserve our waterways and environment.

"A number of dams and rivers across the Central West are part of the NSW Government restocking program and will receive their annual amount of trout fingerlings in the next few months including Ben Chifley Dam, Wyangala, Oberon River, Oberon Dam, Lake Lyell and Thompson’s Creek in Portland," Mr Toole said.