Fresh­wa­ter fish­ing open all year round

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - David Charlesworth

FRESH­WA­TER dams through­out the South West will re­main open to an­glers all through next year to at­tract more fish­ers and re­duce pest fish num­bers.

Fish­eries Min­is­ter Dave Kelly an­nounced last week dams, in­clud­ing Har­vey and Logue Brook dams, would not be closed dur­ing the months of July and Au­gust next year.

Mr Kelly said the an­nual clo­sure would be re­moved to im­prove op­por­tu­ni­ties for an­glers and sup­port the en­vi­ron­ment by re­duc­ing the num­bers of redfin perch.

“The sea­son ex­ten­sion is the re­sult of on­go­ing fish­eries re­search and stock mon­i­tor­ing, which has iden­ti­fied the en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic ben­e­fits of re­mov­ing the an­nual sea­son clo­sure,” he said.

Rec­fish­west fish­ing de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Matthew Gil­lett said it was a pos­i­tive de­ci­sion for the fish­ing com­mu­nity.

“It pro­vides more op­por­tu­ni­ties for fish­ing whether trout or redfin,” he said.

Mr Gil­lett said the win­ter months, when the dams were or­di­nar­ily closed, were an ex­cel­lent time for fish­ing.

“Trout are a cold wa­ter species and would be quite ac­tive in the cooler months.

“The qual­ity of fish­ing in win­ter is ex­cel­lent.”

Redfin perch are clas­si­fied as a pest by the Depart­ment of Fish­eries and it is rec­om­mended to not re­turn them to the wa­ter, but in­stead hu­manely kill them and to not leave them on the shore.

Redfin perch were known preda­tors of trout, mar­ron and na­tive species but were also pop­u­lar to catch.

“A lot of peo­ple have come to en­joy catch­ing redfin,” Mr Gil­lett said.

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