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Recreational fishers rejoice with Myponga Reservoir fish release

More than 90,000 native fish have been stocked at Myponga Reservoir, to offer further recreational activities at reservoirs across South Australia.

With keen anglers dropping a line at the reservoir since access for shore-based fishing was first allowed in December, 32,000 Murray Cod fingerlings and 30,000 each of Silver Perch and Golden Perch have been released at Myponga.

Fishing is high on the list for South Australians as a requested activity at reservoirs as they open for the first time for expanded access.

The State Government has carefully considered the best approach to provide recreational experiences and stocking Myponga Reservoir with more fish will make sure families and keen anglers can reel in a catch for years to come.

This is the first major stocking milestone at Myponga, with plans underway to add yearling trout in mid-2020.

Catching trout so close to Adelaide’s CBD will be another significant drawcard for the tourism and recreational fishing sectors in South Australia, and being yearlings means the fish will be larger and available for anglers to take much sooner than traditional fingerlings.

Since becoming the first reservoir to open for expanded access in 2019, more than 13,600 visitors have already enjoyed and explored the Myponga Reservoir Reserve, which features a 3.3-kilometre walking trail, cycling paths and picnicking spots.

The decision to open up Myponga Reservoir is delivering an economic boost with increased tourism driving more dollars into local businesses.

Other reservoirs including Little Para, Hope and Happy Valley will open in coming months and years.

Fishing is available at a number of reservoir reserves, including Myponga, with a permit available for purchase at reservoirs.sa.gov.au.

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