Bonus release of 'monster salmon' into Lake Jindabyne
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The odds grew even better for Snowy anglers today, with the first of 200 extra "monster" Atlantic salmon released into Lake Jindabyne.
Director-General of NSW Fisheries, Steve Dunn, released the Atlantic salmon, which are already legal size and weigh up to 7kg each.
"These salmon have previously been used in the hugely successful fish stocking program at the Gaden Trout Hatchery, just outside Jindabyne," Mr Dunn said.
"Now they will help boost the popular angling season in the Snowy region over winter, which sees anglers flock to Lakes Jindabyne and Eucumbene and Talbingo Dam.
"The fishery will also benefit from 50,000 rainbow trout fingerlings released into Lake Jindabyne and 150,000 into Lake Eucumbene over the summer. These fish will be ready to catch in two years' time."
Mr Dunn said these releases were part of the State Government's five-year Snowy Lakes Trout Strategy, which guarantees trout stocking until 2007.
"The strategy was developed in consultation with the local community in 2002 and aims to foster regional business and tourism, by promoting better fishing opportunities.
"The State Government stocks Lake Eucumbene with a total 150,000 rainbow trout fingerlings each year while Lake Jindabyne is stocked with 50,000 rainbow trout fingerlings, 200,000 Atlantic salmon fry and 50,000 brook trout fry."
Mr Dunn reminded anglers that trout fishing is closed in other streams and rivers from June 14 to October 1, to allow the fish to breed.
The recreational fishing industry has grown into a valuable sector of many rural and regional economies. The industry is worth $70 million per year to the Snowy Mountains economy and supports some 700 local jobs.
"The NSW Government is committed to working with the community in managing freshwater fish stocks to ensure future generations can continue to enjoy freshwater angling."