Wuruma Dam to get its fill o’ fish
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.