Fish releases underway

Members of the TAS help release fish from the Gaden Trout Hatchery.

The Tumut Acclimatisation Society is well into its 2021/22 season, releasing trout into the Tumut River and Talbingo, with plans for ‘a great boost’ of rainbow and browns for Blowering ‘in the near future.’

Brian ‘Blue’ Free described the TAS’ trip to the Jindabyne Acclimatisation Society last week to pick up close to 80,000 rainbow and brown trout for local rivers and creeks. The previous day, the Adelong Fishing Club had collected roughly 10,000 brown trout for Adelong Creek. 

The fish were raised at Gaden Trout Hatchery. The TAS had previously picked up 20,000 larger brown and rainbow trout for Tumut River from the Gaden hatchery, along with large brood stock tagged trout for Talbingo.

“In the near future, Blowering’s going to receive a great boost of rainbow and brown trout from Gaden,” said Mr Free.

“This is due to [the Department of Primary Industries] and their inland fishing licenses. The TAS is helping distribute them all in our area.”

Mr Free said local fundraising helps the TAS to purchase other fish, and thanked Mitre 10 for donating garbage cans for the current collection.

Later this year, the TAS is expecting some native cod and golden perch for Blowering Dam.

“That might be somewhere around Christmas time,” said Mr Free.

“The ones we raised money for will [arrive] around February.”

Overall, fishing is currently ‘pretty good’, according to Mr Free.

“It’s good up the mountains and down around here. As soon as it warms up, it’ll be better.”