Malpas dam restocked with rainbow trout

28th Jul 2020

105 mature Rainbow Trout were released into Malpas Dam last week as part of the State Government’s annual fish restocking program.
Agriculture Minister and Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said that the release would provide greater recreational fishing opportunities for the region’s anglers.
“With Malpas Dam back over 50 per cent, now is the perfect time to introduce these fish, which were broodstock from the Dutton Trout Hatchery at Ebor, into their new home,” Mr Marshall said.
“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 boost to anglers who have been unable to pursue their passion in recent times due to drought and dwindling water supplies.
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.
Recreational fishers are reminded that they are required to carry a NSW current recreational fishing fee receipt at all times while fishing.
Recreational fishers are encouraged to use the NSW Recreational Fishing Guide, available from DPI Fisheries Offices, most tackle shops. It is also available online at