Dam set for the year as fish go in
FISHING: Wuruma Dam is set for the next season of recreational fishing, with the addition of 30,000 yellowbelly fingerlings on Saturday.
The Wuruma Dam Fishstocking Association has spent $18,500 on bass and yellowbelly fingerlings for this year.
The bass, which went in at the end of December, will grow to edible maturity within two years, while the yellowbellies will be mature in a year and a half.
A good crowd turned out at Wuruma for the fish-stocking day, with volunteers putting on a barbecue and handing out slices of watermelon for the visitors.
Association fingerling co-ordinator David Johnson said they try to stock two-thirds bass, one-third yellowbelly but were considering introducing a third species, most likely silver perch.
"We're getting good catches of both now, it's just the majority of members don't want to put barramundi in because they'll clean up the redclaw,” Mr Johnson said.
"People mainly want catch and eat fish and those are all good eating.”
Association secretary Hinke Johnson said there were worries about the impact of camping restrictions.
In late 2016 SunWater, which manages the dam, put a limit on the amount of time people can stay at the dam, up to a maximum of two weeks.
"Tourism is important to the bush and absolutely vitalto maintaining the economic well-being of our rural towns,” Mr Johnson said.
"Despite many RV campers now being self-contained, visitors arebecoming more numerous with the increase in retiring baby boomers, which could overwhelm the facilities.
"We look forward to an agreement with the council and SunWater on how the area can best be improved for the betterment of the district.”