COD RELEASE: Ken Martin and Marc Wagner releasing murray cod fingerlings near the mill hole in the Condamine River.
COD RELEASE: Ken Martin and Marc Wagner releasing murray cod fingerlings near the mill hole in the Condamine River. Eddie Kemp

Warwick suggested for murray cod capital of Australia

FISHING: Angler Eddie Kemp has a dream to make Warwick the murray cod capital of Australia.

The Warwick District Recreational Fish Stocking Association secretary/ treasurer said volunteers had placed 165 structures in the Condamine River for the cod to breed.

"We know they are breeding. Last week, we released 2000 murray cod fingerlings from Granite Belt Fish Hatchery into the Condamine River, 1000 in Connolly Dam and 10,000 in Leslie Dam,” Kemp said.

"In five or six years, we could be the murray cod capital of Australia, which would help encourage anglers from around the world to come to Warwick.”

Southern Downs Regional Council mayor Tracy Dobie said it was a wonderful idea to promote Warwick as the murray cod capital of the nation.

"More and more anglers are looking to fish in inland waterways and dams, the angler tourism industry is growing,” she said.

”The council has been talking to officials from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries about further developing our freshwater fish habitat, including Leslie, Storm King and Connolly dams. Murray cod is one of the biggest fresh water species.”

Cr Dobie said the relatively shallow depth of Leslie Dam, compared to other dams, could provide an ideal habitat for the breeding of the cod.

Kemp said last week, committee members and volunteers took eight boxes of cod fingerlings (250 per box) for release in the Condamine River from east of Warwick through the Warwick reach and west to Pratten.

"Four boxes of the cod fingerlings were taken to Connolly Dam and released while the 10,000 cod fingerlings for Leslie Dam were delivered in bulk and boats were used to drop the fingerlings around different parts of the dam.

"So far 30,000 golden perch have been stocked at Leslie Dam this season with the remaining order of 120,000 goldens to be delivered in the next few weeks.”

The association invited Cr Yve Stocks to the first release of fingerlings this season as it came under her council portfolio responsibility.

"Fish are very important to the health of the river and environment,” she said.

The association will release more than 220,000 fingerlings this season.



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