OFF YOU GO: Stanthorpe Blue Water Fishing and Restocking Club treasurer Ernie Jones released some the fingerlings in Quart Pot Creek near Granite St on Tuesday, February 21.
OFF YOU GO: Stanthorpe Blue Water Fishing and Restocking Club treasurer Ernie Jones released some the fingerlings in Quart Pot Creek near Granite St on Tuesday, February 21. Amy Kadel

Creek restocked with fingerlings

QUART Pot Creek has been stocked, with around 5000 golden perch fingerlings released into the creek and other creeks and streams.

Stanthorpe Blue Water Fishing and Restocking Club treasurer Ernie Jones released the fingerlings last Tuesday, after they were donated by Nick Donges from Granite Belt Fish Hatchery.

This is the first time the creek has been restocked in three years and Mr Jones said they were incredibly thankful for the donation.

"Because of our lack of numbers and fundraising is so hard... the fact that he's donated the fish is just amazing,” Mr Jones said.

Mr Donges said after he saw the learn-to-fish day the club had hosted, he wanted to help out the club and the community to get more fish back in the creek.

"I've had a really good year this year with the GP and I had a surplus left over an Stanthorpe has always been really good to me,” he said.

Mr Jones said about 30 per 100 of the fish would survive and they would help clean the creek's ecosystem.

"They're not a dirty bottom feeder like carp, they don't stir up (dirt), they help the environment,” he said.

"Plus it provides a tourist attraction, a recreational attraction for recreational fishing.”

To help the fish along, Mr Jones said he is now hoping for more rain.

"It'll probably sweep some of them on, but it stirs up plenty of feed for them,” he said.

"The more food there is for them, the faster they will grow.”

Granite Belt Fish Hatchery currently has more golden perch fingerlings for sale until Saturday, March 11.

Phone 0400 792 986 to set up an appointment.

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