350 rainbow & brown trout dive into Malpas Dam restocking

13th Sep 2022

MALPAS Dam has just ‘landed’ a number of new tenants the release of 350 mature Rainbow Trout in the water supply as part of the State Government’s annual fish restocking program.
The release, and another one shortly in nearby Dumaresq Dam, will provide greater recreational fishing opportunities for the region’s anglers.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said that now is the perfect time to introduce these fish, which were broodstock from the Dutton Trout Hatchery at Ebor, into their new home.
“The State’s fisheries experts have chosen to stock Malpas Dam because it offers the best environment for these fish to grow; they are already too big for predators like Redfin to prey on, so this is an ideal location, right in our own backyard.
“For keen anglers this release offers a golden opportunity to make a trophy catch, with a number of the fish around 70 centimetres in length.
“Throughout the year fishing groups like the Guyra Angler’s Club hold competitions on the banks of Malpas Dam, drawing visitors to the area and providing a financial boost to the Black Mountain and Guyra economies.
“This release will hopefully encourage more of those events and is a huge boost to the region’s anglers.
“This program is all about ensuring local fish populations not only regenerate but flourish.”
The Dutton Trout Hatchery produces more than 1.6 million trout each year – around 1.3 million Rainbow Trout and 300,000 Brown Trout fry and fingerlings.