What a turnout for the 2nd annual community freshwater fish stocking event – Trout Fest!
On Saturday, 1st September, just in time for Father’s Day weekend, over 600 people helped release thousands of rainbow trout into the Drakesbrook Weir (along with a few big brown trout too). Shire President Cr Mike Walmsley opened the event, welcoming visitors to Waroona, and encouraging them to support local businesses during their visit.
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) announced a licence free weekend, presenting the perfect opportunity for families, friends and the community to spend quality time together releasing trout and freshwater fishing.
As well as the fish release, Trout Fest also include freshwater fishing tuition for all ages, an education display by DPIRD, fly casting, freshwater tackle and rigging information and demonstrations, and general fishing time for everyone to have a go at freshwater fishing for free. This year Getaway Outdoors joined in the fun, offering free Hobie kayak and stand up paddle board demonstrations and trials. The Leos Club of Waroona kept the masses well fed with a sausage which was under constant demand.
This event would not be possible without the collaboration of the Shire of Waroona, Recfishwest, Fisheries WA, WA Trout & Freshwater Angling Association, Australian Trout Foundation, Getaway Outdoors, Leos Club of Waroona, and many volunteers.
Shire President Mike Walmsley at the 2nd Annual Trout Fest