AIDED by an earlier donation of the $2500 proceeds from the Lions Mary Valley Family Fishing Classic Competition, the Lake Borumba Fish Stocking Association released 20,000 bass and silver perch fingerlings into Lake Borumba last Saturday.
The fingerlings were provided by Sunshine Coast hatchery, Australian Native Fish Enterprises, which operates three hatcheries in the local and Burnett regions.
Owner/operators Andrew and Rachel Shaw provided the fingerlings at competitive rates, allowing the money to provide a greater number than first anticipated.
Mr Shaw said the bass would take about two years to reach "legal” size while the silver perch would "mature in about 12 months”.
"Borumba has a healthy and well-stocked population of native fish with bass numbers topping the list,” he said.
Lake Borumba Fish Stocking Association member Chris Mangold said "the latest release brought the total number of fingerlings released into Lake Borumba in the last 12 months to more than 100,000, so there is definitely an abundance of fish available for keen anglers”.
Lions Mary Valley Family Fishing Classic chairman Glenn Williams was on hand to witness the release and was happy to see that the proceeds of last year's fishing competition were being returned to benefit the local community.
"We are very happy to be supporting the stocking association in their efforts to make Lake Borumba a great place to bring the family for a fishing and camping experience in the Gympie region,” he said.
"The competition will be run again this year on the fourth and fifth of November and we are expecting about 150 entrants to take part in the event.
"We would love to see anglers and their families come along and support us in our efforts to maintain a sustainable recreational fishery at Borumba,” he added.
Anyone interested in fishing at this year's classic can follow the event on Facebook at Mary Valley Fishing Classic.