Fishermen revelled in mild, sunny conditions and steady bites last weekend, thanks in part to ongoing stocking efforts from the NSW Department of Primary Industries and the Tumut Acclimatisation Society (TAS).
The two agencies oversaw the release of 40,000 fingerling trout on Saturday and 22,000 Murray Cod on Tuesday.
On Saturday, Tumut school children helped release 20,000 large Rainbow and Brown Trout into the Tumut River. The remaining fingerlings were released into Blowering. The trout stocking effort was funded through levies on fishing licenses.
Talbingo Dam will receive another 25,000 Rainbow Trout in the coming weeks.
Brian “Blue” Free with the TAS said that by releasing the trout at a slightly more mature stage, they’re more likely to make it to adulthood.
“They’ll survive a bit better,” he said. “They’ll get away from the bigger ones.”
Some fishermen camping at the dam expressed concern about the number of carp they spotted, especially around Log Bridge, but Mr Free said the carp haven’t made a significant dent on the trout or cod populations.
“They’re not a noted predator,” he said.
“We’d like them not to be in there, but I don’t think they’re eating too many.”
The Murray Cod came from Narrandera to Jounama Dam (5000 fish) and Blowering (17,000 fish) on Tuesday, making a total of 52,000 fish for Blowering Dam so far this season.
“Last year we got 100,000,” said Mr Free. “We’re yet to get yellowbelly (Golden Perch) from the DPI and we’ll get a fair few of them.”
Mr Free said the yellowbelly should arrive within the next month. That effort is funded by the dollar-for-dollar campaign run by the TAS.
Overall, fishing has been fair to strong in the local area.
“It’s going alright,” said Mr Free.
“There’s a lot of cod getting caught. It’s been getting stocked for the last 30-odd years and they’ve all grown and they do pretty good in there.”