Casting a close eye on Lake Nagambie's fishing
ANEW study about recreational fishing in the Nagambie Lakes has benchmarked angler catches, fishing methods, angler satisfaction and spending patterns to provide a clear picture of this developing fishery and how it can grow local tourism in the future.
Fisheries Victoria executive director, Travis Dowling, said the study revealed most anglers were satisfied with their fishing experience and that catches were now dominated by golden perch and Murray cod, both of which had been stocked extensively in recent years.
“Recreational fishing licence fees have helped stock more than one million golden perch and Murray cod fingerlings into the Nagambie Lakes system since 2009 so it is great to see anglers’ investment paying off,” Mr Dowling said.
“The study was undertaken over four summer months by Fisheries Victoria with a contribution from the Shire of Strathbogie, which was keen to know more about the role of fishing and its economic benefits to regional tourism.
“The total economic value of the fishery was estimated to be up to $500,000 annually, confirming that recreational fishing is not only socially significant, but also important to the regional economy.
Mr Dowling congratulated Wally Cubbin and members of the Goulburn Valley Association of Angling Clubs for working closely with fisheries managers to develop the fishery into the community asset that the study clearly demonstrates.