THERE is something big lurking in Lake Oberon.
A few somethings, in fact.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole and Alistair McBurnie from the Department of Primary Industries were in Oberon last Friday to release more than 60 very large adult rainbow trout, weighing three kilograms to four kilograms, into Lake Oberon.
It comes ahead of the lake’s opening to passive watercraft access this weekend.
Mr Toole said the fish were released as part of the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government’s fish stocking program.
“The Department of Primary Industries (DPI), Roads and Maritime Services, State Water, Oberon Council and the Oberon community have all worked together to allow passive watercraft access to the dam,” Mr Toole said.
“Allowing passive boat access such as kayaks to the dam will open up many new fishing opportunities for anglers to access the lake.”
Anglers will also be able to enjoy improved access to the dam as the Oberon community and council were successful in obtaining a small grant from the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust to construct new fencing, signage and a vehicle turnaround area at the Reef Reserve.
Oberon Dam is a general trout dam open to anglers all year round and is stocked with rainbow trout produced at NSW Government hatcheries at Ebor and Jindabyne. The dam also contains quality brown trout.
These annual fish stocking programs are funded in part by money raised by the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee, which is placed in the NSW Recreational Fishing Freshwater Trust.
“Fish stocking is always a welcome boost to regional communities, as freshwater angling creates jobs and supports businesses and tourism, and I look forward to further fish stocking throughout the region later this year,” Mr Toole said.
“Oberon is well known among anglers as a great place to come and catch a trout and the addition of these fish will provide an extra incentive for anglers to visit the area.”