Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced the start of the freshwater fish stocking season in the region with the release of rainbow trout into Sheba Dams this week at Hanging Rock near Nundle.


“There is no better place to release 80 large adult rainbow trout ready for catching than into Sheba Dams, which are well known among anglers as a great place to catch trout,” Mr Anderson said.


“A further 4,000 rainbow trout fingerlings are planned to be released by DPI Fisheries into Sheba Dams later this spring.”


Mr Anderson said locals and visitors are encouraged to take the opportunity to visit the beautiful Sheba Dams and try their luck at catching a trophy trout in the coming weeks and months.


“The State’s world-class fish stocking program provides a boost to our local community, as freshwater angling creates jobs, supports businesses and tourism,” Mr Anderson said.


“These fish are some of the several million to be stocked into waterways across the State as part of the NSW Government’s continuing commitment to improving recreational fishing opportunities in regional NSW.


The fish bred locally at the NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Dutton Trout Hatchery near Ebor range in size from two to four kilograms and are between 40cm and 60cm in length.


Fish stocking is funded in part by money raised from the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee which is placed in the NSW Recreational Fishing Freshwater and Saltwater Trusts.


The NSW trout season in trout rivers and streams will re-open on Saturday 3 October 2015 for the October long weekend. Trout only breed in rivers and streams, therefore anglers can continue to fish at Sheba Dams and any other trout dams in NSW without breaching the rules during the annual closure. 


Recreational fishers heading to one the State’s trout dams are reminded that they are required to have a NSW current recreational fishing fee receipt on them at all times while fishing.


For more information on the NSW Government fish stocking program visit


Recreational fishers are encouraged to use the NSW Recreational Fishing Guide, available from DPI Fisheries Offices, most tackle shops or online at


Anyone with information about illegal fishing or suspected illegal fishing should contact the Fishers Watch Phoneline or free call on 1800 043 536 or online at

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