Toolondo water delights
Wimmera anglers have applauded an increase in water flow to Toolondo Reservoir as they prepare for a bumper regional spring and summer fishing season.
Wimmera Anglers Association president Kelvin Robinson said 10,000 megalitres flowing from Rocklands Reservoir into the popular recreation lake was ‘great news’.
“We’re delighted with the extra water. It provides greater security for anglers, knowing that one of the best fishing lakes in the region will be providing good conditions deep into summer,” he said. “It’s not only good for anglers, but everyone who enjoys visiting the lake.”
Wimmera Anglers Association represents about a dozen clubs across the region and has a long history as a recreational fishing and tourism advocate.
Mr Robinson said extra water would add weight to regular requests for releases of tens-of-thousands of juvenile brown and rainbow trout for the lake, which ultimately attracted anglers from across Australia.
“We’re also hoping large amounts of predatory fish such as trout, while not only providing fantastic fishing opportunities, can also help keep the rising number of carp in check,” he said.
Research has revealed carp numbers are growing in the waterway, prompting a suggestion Toolondo might be an ideal waterway for an introductory release of a carp virus.
Mr Robinson said regardless of the carp, Toolondo was well poised to return to its glory days when it produced trophy-size fishing of up to and beyond the three-kilogram mark.
“Adding weight to this are moves, if successful, to change catch-size limits at the lake to promote it as a trophy water,” he said.
Gwmwater water resources manager Kym Wilson confirmed catchment inflow had prompted a transfer of an extra 5000 megalitres from Rocklands to Toolondo as part of management operations.
He said the decision, which followed a previous 5000-megalitre flow, was about creating optimum evaporation efficiency between the reservoirs. “I don’t foresee an increase from the 10,000 megalitres but nothing is impossible,” he said.
“Things have continued to improve in regards to inflow in the past couple of weeks. In the week up to last Wednesday we had 18,000 megalitres of inflow across the system, which was the largest weekly increase this season.
“From a water-resources perspective we’re in a great position.
“After the Rocklands transfer we expect Toolondo to be at about half of its maximum operating level, which means it will be holding about 23,000 megalitres.”
Mr Wilson said all water transferred from Rocklands to Toolondo passed through a fine filter designed to screen out carp eggs as well as fish.