The volunteer committee behind the Lake Burrendong Easter Fishing Classic is in full swing, busily preparing for the event which is set to celebrate its tenth year in just over nine weeks’ time.
No final decision has been made in regard to postponing the annual fishing fundraiser, with organisers keeping a close eye on dam levels, water quality and rain activity across the Macquarie catchment. Good falls in the Bathurst and Oberon districts have sent some inflows down the Macquarie River, with heavy storm activity putting a serge down stream that spiked at 6,000 megalitres a day within the past couple of weeks.
Both the volunteer committee and the 64 sponsors who have already committed to the event are keen to see it go ahead, but the health of fish stocks in the local lake will not be compromised. If water levels are in the 4-5 percent region as a minimum and water quality is good, it will be full steam ahead for the event.
Those wanting to donate a prize or contribute funds to the running of the not for profit event can contact IWRA OzFish administration officer Allyson Harland on 0407 341 539 or email email@example.com.
Camping space will be plentiful and the fishing is usually extremely good during low level periods, with some cricket score catches of yellowbelly often encountered when the impoundment is sub 10 percent. It will also be a good opportunity to remove as many carp and redfin from the system as possible, with prizes again on offer for the biggest bag of both the pest species, along with the biggest over all fish.
Funds raised at the event will go towards running The River Repair Bus Work for the Dole project, and will also be used to continue the groups re snagging work on the Macquarie River, and to run angler education initiatives.
More information can be found on the IWRA’s work at www.iwra.com.au
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