Wuruma Dam to get its fill o’ fish

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

WURUMA Dam Fish­stock­ing As­so­ci­a­tion will re­stock the dam this Satur­day, and is host­ing a day-long fam­ily fun event to at­tract vis­i­tors.

In a last minute ad­di­tion to the pro­gram, Coun­try2Coast Bait and Tackle will be put­ting on cast­ing lessons and a com­pe­ti­tion for kids af­ter lunch.

The event be­gins at 8.30am with boats in the wa­ter, and at 9am the fish ar­rive from Han­wood Hatch­ery in Mur­gon to go into the dam.

The as­so­ci­a­tion de­cides on a plan with in­put from the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries to de­ter­mine what fish will go in the dam.

Fish­stock­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Sec­re­tary Hinke John­son said ir­ri­ga­tion was be­ing hauled out of the dam, but the lev­els were cur­rently quite high.

“We try and make sure we can keep rais­ing funds to get as many in as pos­si­ble,” John­son said.

“It seems at this point most peo­ple have said to keep go­ing with bass and keep go­ing with perch; they are the main fish go­ing in.

“We used to do bar­ra­mundi and some other species, but the con­sen­sus is peo­ple re­ally love be­ing able to catch some­thing big they can take back to their camp­site and cook on a fry­ing pan.”

Though pri­mar­ily an ir­ri­ga­tion dam, Wuruma Dam at­tracts tourists and campers with its fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and view.

Mrs John­son said it had been dif­fi­cult run­ning tourist events at the dam since last year’s floods.

“We used to run an an­nual fam­ily fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion and en­cour­age fam­i­lies to bring their chil­dren out,” Mrs John­son said.

“Af­ter the floods, our mem­bers just didn’t have the spare time to watch the club­house, but now we’re lucky enough to have some mem­bers with the spare time to keep the dam open”

Af­ter the fish have gone in, the rest of the day will be a fun event, with lunch at 12, red claw races from 3.30 to 4pm and capped off with a live mu­sic per­for­mance by the band Older andWiser at 6pm.

GO FISH: Wuruma Dam is be­ing re­stocked.

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