STOCKED UP: Graham Walker (left) and Mike Halls from the Lake Borumba Fish Stocking Association prepare to release 19,000 silver perch fingerlings with the help of volunteers Kyan Walker,6, Jordan Walker-Waller, 10, and Makayla Walker, 4.
STOCKED UP: Graham Walker (left) and Mike Halls from the Lake Borumba Fish Stocking Association prepare to release 19,000 silver perch fingerlings with the help of volunteers Kyan Walker,6, Jordan Walker-Waller, 10, and Makayla Walker, 4. Greg Miller

Lake Borumba right for big stocktake

LAKE Borumba is swimming once again with the release of 19,000 sliver perch fingerlings.

The release is part of the Lake Borumba Fish Stocking Association and Department of Fisheries annual release to re-stock the recreational fishing lake.

The little fish follow the 40,000 bass released just prior to Christmas and will be joined by another 40,000 golden perch in around a month's time.

It costs about $27,000 to stock Borumba each year and fish stock association promotions officer Graham Walker said it was money well spent.

"Lake Borumba is our biggest drawcard for tourists for the Valley," he said after yesterday's perch release.

Most of the money is accounted for through the lake's fishing permit scheme and Gympie Regional Council funding.

The money goes towards stocking the lake with 100, 000 fingerlings each year.

He said while fish - except the mary river cod - could be taken from the lake; but they encourage a catch-and- release culture to promote a sustainable level of fish stock.

Bass and silver and golden perch are the species regularly stocked.

 

Mr Walker said the numbers of each varied yearly depending on what was available and the stock levels of the lake.

An idea of species distribution is gained thanks to information from fishermen on their catches and tallies at the annual Mary Valley Fishing Classic.

"Next year I think we will boost silver perch," he said.

Yesterday, a team of volunteers headed to Lake Borumba to distribute the 19, 000 silver perch fingerlings.

Mr Walker said the trick was to head out on boats and distribute the fish across the lake, usually directly over sheltered zones so the fingerlings could dive directly into coverage and be hidden from predators.

They will swim with other non-stocked fish including eels, jew fish, spangled perch and saratoga which Mr Walker said was the first species to be stocked in the Borumba and has reached a sustainable level.

The fish also inhabit the lake with the mary river cod, which is stocked when possible but Mr Walker said the regular supplier - a breeder at Lake MacDonald - had little success with stock in recent years.

Gympie Times


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