THE NSW Government’s annual Murray cod stocking season has just concluded, with more than 500,000 juvenile cod released into rivers and dams.
This massive stocking effort is great news for the legions of keen anglers who target these iconic native sportfish.
The juvenile cod were bred at the DPI Fisheries Centre at Narrandera and were released into selected waterways over the past two months.
The stocking sites include popular impoundment fisheries such as Copeton, Blowering, Wyangala and Burrinjuck dams, along with drought recovery releases within the Darling, Lachlan, Macquarie and Namoi River catchments.
This season’s stockings will not only boost recreational fishing opportunities but will also assist in the long-term recovery of Murray cod populations following recent drought and low river flow conditions.
It’s great to see that many keen anglers and their families have been getting out into our regional communities over the holiday period. From all the reports, the fishing has been excellent, which is fantastic news for fishers and for our regional economies!
If you’re planning on heading out to target cod in our inland rivers and dams, make sure you familiarise yourself with the rules. Details on freshwater bag and size limits are available at https://bit.ly/2Y2wNsF.
The Murray cod stocking program is another great example of your fishing fees at work!