Dam work pays off
From little things big things grow... and then they are caught by keen anglers
ITWAS more than a decade after Lake Cania was dammed that it finally filled up enough for the locals to think about putting some fish in it.
One of the founding members of this Fish Stocking Association, and kick-starters of the annual Lake Cania Fishing Classic, was treasurer John Lynn.
“The number of people who always come to the fishing competition is the best thing about it,” Mr Lynn said.
“It’s just grown every year as more people got word of it. Everyone always caught a lot of fish. We had
John Lynn The number of people who always come to the fishing competition is the best thing about it
more than 500 entrants the last couple of years.”
The backbone to this reliable reputation has been the hard work put in over the years by the fish stocking group, who began breeding yellowbelly in 1986.
“When we first started we only had these 100-gallon tanks to breed them in, and we had to only do it at night,” Mr Lynn said.
“Then in the early 90s we rented a little block of land beside the lake off the government, and built a little dam. A little while later we got a grant so we could double it in size.”
Once the fish have grown to about 50mm, a pipeline from the bottom of the fish-stocking dam was opened and the water drained into a tank.
From there, the fish were scooped out and delivered to the dam in buckets.
“It was a lot of work breeding the fish and we had lots of trouble in the past with bugs, cane toads and shags that dive bomb them (the fish),” Mr Lynn said.
But even though the stockers have not been breeding the last couple of years, the lake is still teeming with fish after they received an $18,000 grant to fill it with bass from a larger hatchery last January.
In the new year they will get another $13,500 that they will put towards yellowbelly.
“We on the committee won’t have any time for fishing, but it is always a great weekend,” Mr Lynn said.
“It doesn’t start until Saturday, but most dinky-di people will come along on Friday for a good night beforehand.”
Dean Yeoman gets ready to head out in his boat at last year’s competition.
Judd Hepner has a blast at a previous Lake Cania Fishing Classic.
Liam Ambrey, Ryan Netz and Tyler Kruger show off their gear.
Lailah Mitchell holds a catch while her mother Beck looks on.