Fish stock boosted by release of thousands of Bass fingerlings in national park

Heathcote MP Lee Evans was on hand to see the fish stock released into Lake Toolooma in the Heathcote National Pak.

Heathcote MP Lee Evans was on hand to see the fish stock released into Lake Toolooma in the Heathcote National Pak.

5,000 Australian Bass fingerlings have been released into their new home in Lake Toolooma in the Heathcote National Park as part of the NSW Government's annual Freshwater Fish Stocking Plan.

Heathcote MP Lee Evans, who was on hand to see the fish stock released to the lake, said the top-up was great news for keen fishers eager to cast a line in the region.

"The Australian Bass is an iconic fish species and it gives me great pleasure to see its numbers

boosted in the Heathcote area," Mr Evans said.

"While these ones might be small now, they can grow up to 65 centimetres long and weigh in at four kilograms, so our local anglers will be keen to reel in such a prized catch," he said.

These fingerlings come from the NSW Government's hatcheries as part of the commitment to

ensure that our waterways are full of healthy fish.

Initiatives such as the Freshwater Fish Stocking Plan are important for the recreational fishing

community because of the critical role they play in conservation, tourism and added economic

benefits.

Mr Evans said the 5,000 fingerlings stocked into Lake Toolooma are part of more than 50,000

which will be released into waterways across NSW this week.

"The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) does an excellent job in making sure our State's recreational fishers have the chance to do what they love by breeding and releasing such mammoth numbers of fish stocks," Mr Evans said.

"DPI has chosen Lake Toolooma because the expert team has deemed it to be among the best

waterways in NSW to see these fingerlings flourish.

"While it is Australian Bass being released today, the Freshwater Fish Stocking Plan also sees

Murray Cod, Golden Perch and other species stocked into rivers, lakes and dams across the State.

"Fishermen should keep an eye out, because this is the first and certainly won't be the last stocking event the NSW Government does this season."

Anglers interested in seeing stocking numbers can access an interactive map on the DPI website https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/resources/stocking

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