The Narrandera Fisheries Centre , initially established as the Inland Fisheries Research Station, was opened in 1962 as a research centre to study the breeding biology and ecology of inland aquatic systems. John Lake, an Australian pioneer in native inland fish research and breeding, was appointed biologist-in-charge. He played a key role in developing the research facilities to breed Murray cod, silver perch, golden perch and catfish, the major inland angling species. After a distinguished career of applied research, administration and education, John died in 1977.
Since then, the Centre has been the core of freshwater fisheries research in New South Wales, and has also developed into a productive hatchery, providing fingerlings of four native fish species (Murray cod, trout cod, golden perch and silver perch) to improve freshwater recreational fisheries and conservation initiatives.