RELEASED: Roughly 11,000 yellowbelly fingerlings were put into Storm King Dam on Sunday.
RELEASED: Roughly 11,000 yellowbelly fingerlings were put into Storm King Dam on Sunday. Glenda Riley

Water levels dwindle but fish volumes rise

DAM levels might be declining but fish numbers are on the rise after Storm King Dam's annual restocking.

Stanthorpe Bluewater and Restocking Club waded out into the shallows on Sunday as they released nearly 11,000 yellowbelly fingerlings.

"It was a nice turnout of members, plus we involved the general public,” the club's Ernie Jones said.

"Everyone was fascinated.”

Last year they beefed up cod numbers but stuck with just yellowbelly this time.

"We put cod in last year in quite substantial numbers and had eased off on the yellowbelly,” Mr Jones said.

"The silver perch we seem to think have taken very nicely. Had reports of people catching them at about 10 or 11 inches long. We didn't want to overstock with a bigger crop because you'll find they'll eat the littler ones.”

The low levels of the dam didn't interfere with the volume of fish they released but it brought on other issues.

"The dam is very low, of course,” Mr Jones said.

"It's not good. Had reports of a flock of pelicans working the dam very hard and probably eating a lot of the smaller fish in the shallows.”

Mr Jones said he'd like to see more support for Storm King from local anglers.

"It's very important if local anglers are getting an inland fishing licence that they indicate they'd like to support Storm King,” he said.

"Money you pay for stocking impoundments licence, they divide that money up out to the restocking groups.”

"But we were very happy with the turnout on Sunday and the support we get from Granite Belt Fish Hatchery,” he said.

Anyone wanting to join the Stanthorpe Bluewater and Restocking Club is welcome.

"We're short of numbers and would love some new people. We meet the first Wednesday night of the month at RSL,” Mr Jones said.

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