Dam work pays off

From lit­tle things big things grow... and then they are caught by keen an­glers

Central and North Burnett Times - - LAKE CANIA FISHING CLASSIC -

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

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