Reservoir fishing access project
In 2014 the State Government committed to investigate the potential for recreational fishing access at up to five offline reservoirs to improve recreational fishing opportunities in South Australia.
Working in partnership with SA Water, local Councils and RecFish SA, the State Government has spent $600,000 towards improving recreational fishing access within the reservoirs. A further $225,000 has been allocated through the SA Recreational Fishing Grants Programme to stock the reservoirs with suitable fish including Murray cod, Rainbow Trout, Brown trout, Golden and Silver perch through the SA Recreational Fishing Grants Programme. The Australian Government has contributed $210,000 through the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Programme (TDDI).
The Leigh Creek Futures Committee and Flinders Power Regional Development Fund and Department of State Development have been generous in contributing $80,000 to enhance Aroona Dam for recreational fishing.
Finally, The Northern Areas and Barossa Council have also committed to ongoing maintenance of the small recreational fishing infrastructure at the Bundaleer and Warren Reservoirs making a total contribution over $1 million to benefit all recreational fishers in South Australia.
The SA Government has now approved opening five reservoirs. The Warren Reservoir in the Barossa Valley, Bundaleer and Beetaloo Reservoirs in the mid-north, Tod Reservoir on the Eyre Peninsula and Aroona Dam near Leigh Creek.
The project will help boost recreational fishing opportunities for South Australia’s 277,000 fishers, particularly in the state’s regional communities.
Aroona Dam (near Leigh Creek)
Aroona Dam will be open to shore-based recreational fishing on 1 February 2018 with access to the main car park off The Outback Highway. Facilities include car parking, toilet, BBQs, seating, access paths.
Further 4WD access via Mallee Street, Leigh Creek will be available in late-2018.
The Department of State Development and Flinders Power have generously contributed $20,000 funding to stock Aroona Dam and the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources is working with RecFish SA and PIRSA to ensure suitable fish are stocked in 2018/2019. In the meantime, anglers are still encouraged to try their hand and cast a line at Aroona Dam.
Species: At this stage Aroona Dam has not been stocked, but anecdotal evidence suggest that Redfin has previously been caught in Aroona Dam.
Once Aroona Dam is stocked, visitors wishing to fish at Aroona Dam will need to purchase a permit ($10 for 3 days and $33 for annual), but until then, permits will not be required. Visit www.recfishsa.org.au for updates.
Beetaloo Reservoir (near Port Pirie)
Beetaloo Reservoir will be opened to shore-based recreational fishing on 1 May 2018. New infrastructure includes pathways, fencing, signage and upgraded car park. Access is off Wilkins Highway onto Beetaloo Valley Road.
RecFish SA has recently stocked Beetaloo Reservoir with fish fingerlings of Murray cod, Golden and Silver perch.
Anglers are encouraged to try their hand and cast a line at Beetaloo Reservoir come 1 May. Anecdotal evidence suggest that Redfin has previously been caught in Beetaloo. Existing recreational fishing permits will enable access to Beetaloo Reservoir. New recreational fishing permits are available at www.recfishsa.org.au
Beetaloo is closed over the fire season from 1 November to 1 May of each year.
Bundaleer Reservoir (near Spalding)
Now open for shore-based recreational fishing. New facilities include a car parking, toilet, signage, access gate and safety fencing. Access is off Goyder Highway onto Boundary Track with parking at Gate 4.
Species: Murry cod, Silver perch, Golden perch, Rainbow trout, Brown trout
Access to Bundaleer Reservoir is only available for recreational fishing and a permit is required from Recfish SA at www.recfishsa.org.au
Tod Reservoir (near Port Lincoln)
Tod Reservoir is expected to open by mid-2018. Infrastructure upgrades will include a new fishing platform with access off Reservoir Drive. At this stage, Tod Reservoir has not been stocked, but anecdotal evidence suggest fish have previously been caught. Anglers are encouraged to try their hand and cast a line anyway.
The State Government is working with RecFish SA to find suitable species to stock the reservoir.
Recreational fishing permits are available at www.recfishsa.org.au
Warren Reservoir (near Williamstown)
Now open with increased shore based recreational fishing and on-water access with a permit from Recfish SA – which is available at www.recfishsa.org.au. Infrastructure upgrades include safer access off Warren Road, new car parking at two locations, toilet benches, bins, fencing, signage and access onto the old bridge together with 2 new kayak launching points.
Species: Murray cod, Silver perch, Golden perch, Redfin,
Access to Warren Reservoir is only available for recreational fishing and a permit is required from Recfish SA at www.recfishsa.org.au
For further information regarding fishing permits contact RecFish SA on (08) 8340 0777 or visit www.recfishsa.org.au. Funds from the recreational fishing permits help contribute to re-stocking the reservoirs to benefit all recreational fishers in South Australia.
For further information about the reservoir programme, contact the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Project Coordinator Gary Frost on (08) 8124 4872, or email email@example.com