Open WA's Catchments for Sustainable Angling.
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Over the recent years, quality freshwater dams and impoundments have fallen victim to restriction. Picture yourself, it's a pristine cold morning, the deep fog hangs low over the water while the mighty trees soar high around the edge of the inpoundment. You stand a good distance back while you flick out the bibbed minnow into the mouth of the feeder stream. A bow of water is pulled as your lure wobbles from side to side, hoping for 'that' fish. You see the mighty eyes penetrate the water as it inhales your lure. You wait hopelessly for the beast to tire out while you anxiously fight the fish. Time presides and the fish stares right back at you with the minnow engulfed in its jaw. The fish is netted. The excitement kicks in and you realise you've just caught a trophy brown trout. For over 150 years, freshwater fish have adapted to WA's once untouched waters and now hold there significant part in the ecosystem. Sadly, the quality of the freshwater fishing scene has rapidly declined over the decades. If only there were a way to return to the earlier times. Well, there is. WA's water supply dams cannot physically cope with the states demand of water and are being shut out of the picture. The combination of new impoundments and an ‘Australian Native Stocking Program’ is something that would have a large impact on the freshwater fishing scene. It is time to open our catchments up again for the sport we love.
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