Something fishy: Gosling Creek Dam overflowing with rainbow trout

SOMETHING FISHY: Dutton Trout Hatchery manager Peter Selby watches rainbow trout spill out into Gosling Creek Dam. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1101jkfish4

SOMETHING FISHY: Dutton Trout Hatchery manager Peter Selby watches rainbow trout spill out into Gosling Creek Dam. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1101jkfish4

In 18 months Gosling Creek Dam should be one of the best places to go fishing thanks to a shipment of fingerlings.

On Wednesday, 11,300 rainbow trout were delivered to the dam and streams around it by Dutton Trout Hatchery from near Armidale.

Rainbow trout fingerlings. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1101jkfish1

Rainbow trout fingerlings. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1101jkfish1

“If they can get through a season with good rain in the streams, a fair percentage should survive,” Orange Trout Acclimatisation Society member Barry Darley said.

He said fishing licences helped pay for the fresh fingerlings.

Dutton Trout Hatchery manager Peter Selby opens up the fish tank letting rainbow trout into Gosling Creek Dam. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1101jkfish2

Dutton Trout Hatchery manager Peter Selby opens up the fish tank letting rainbow trout into Gosling Creek Dam. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1101jkfish2

Mr Darley said three months ago brown trout were released into the dam, and should be ready around the same time as their rainbow cousins.

“It’s about making it more attractive for fishers,” he said.

Mr Darley said there were no carp in Gosling Creek Dam, but there was some yellow belly and cod.

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