Welcome to the February 2015 edition

of the NSW Freshwater Fisher

Kids' fishing clinics at Gaden Trout Hatchery

Abigail and her trout

The southern region Fishcare Volunteers have just completed another two Kids' Fishing Workshops at the Gaden Trout Hatchery in the January school holidays. The weather was good, just a bit windy on the second day, but that didn't stop the 51 kids that attended the workshops. About 40 trout were caught, mainly rainbows. 

The next Gaden workshops will be on the October 2015 long weekend; bookings can be made through Stephen Thurstan at NSW DPI, email

Jarrod with Fishcare Volunteers Vicki and Andrew

Hawkesbury-Nepean Bass Catch February 21 & 22
It's time for the second bass catch of the season...Bass Sydney’s Hawkesbury-Nepean Bass Catch is on again in February! It's always a fun occasion, so support the club and NSW Fisheries bass research.

You can register via the Bass Sydney website at this link.


  • We are back at Cattai again! Our campsite will be at the Riverside Ski Park, 307-309 Cattai Rd, Cattai.  Ph: (02) 45728764
  • If you wish to camp and/or have dinner with us, please advise during the registration process.
  • Camping fees have risen, but Riverside will keep the price at the previous level for us @ $7/half day or $14/day.
  • Riverside now have an on-site cabin available to those who would like more comfort. It has 2 double beds + 2 double bunks.  It costs $100/night for 2 people + $10/night for each additional person ($20 normally). Call Riverside if you want to book this cabin.
  • Please pay your camping fees at the office when you arrive. Tell them you are there for the Bass Catch so that you are charged the reduced rates.
  • Camping Friday and/or Sat night
  • As always, camping is not mandatory.


  • You can fish the main river all the way from the headwaters to Broken Bay
  • You can find a stretch to fish that is suitable for whatever watercraft you have – paddle, pedal or motorized


  • The Club will provide dinner at the campsite on Friday night and Saturday night
  • Please advise which night you will be camping and/or having dinner when you register
  • Cost is $8 per dinner
  • For those camping Sat night, Sunday breakfast is also provided and its FREE! 

Briefing & Catch Cards:    

  • Briefing for Bass Catch virgins will be conducted during our GM at Northmead Bowling Club on Tuesday, 10/2/15 or at the campsite
  • As always, Catch Cards will be issued at either the GM or at the campsite

For more info contact HS Tham, Bass Catch Officer, Bass Sydney, tel 0402 058 903

Next Quarterly General Meeting of the NSWCFA 
Our next quarterly meeting will be held at the Penrith Bowling Club on the corner of Derby and Woodriff Streets, Penrith on Saturday 21 February 2015 starting at 9.30 am. All members and interested anglers are welcome to attend. We hope to have representatives of Fisheries in attendance to discuss some current issues.

Endangered trout cod released in Macquarie River   
Over 20,000 trout cod were recently released into the Macquarie River at three locations downstream of Bathurst.

Members of the Central Acclimatisation Society and local landholders assisted NSW DPI Fisheries staff release the trout cod fry which were bred at the Narrandera Fisheries Centre for the trout cod recovery program funded by the Recreational Freshwater Fishing Trust (RFFTEC). 

Trout cod are listed as an endangered species under both NSW and Commonwealth law and there are heavy penalties for harming or possessing them. The aim of the recovery plan is to promote the recovery of the species to a position of viability within the range of their natural distribution as well as raising community awareness, involvement and support for the recovery of trout cod. It is currently illegal to target trout cod whilst fishing and if accidently caught they should be immediately and carefully released.   

Fisheries Technician Sean Lethlean releasing some of the 20,000 trout cod into the Macquarie River below Bathurst.

Trout cod were originally discovered in the upper Macquarie River and were once widespread throughout southern tributaries of the Murray-Darling river system but the species has undergone a dramatic decline in distribution and abundance over the past century. The re-establishment stocking of captive bred trout cod aims to promote a sustainable population of the species in the upper Macquarie River above Burrendong Dam. The recovery program in the Macquarie River below Bathurst began in 2009 and has seen 115,000 trout cod released into the river.

The program follows on the successful stocking into the mid-Murrumbidgee around Wagga Wagga where there are now signs of natural recruitment from stocked fish. There were 369,000 trout cod stocked in that program and there is a long way to go in the upper Macquarie program to match the Murrumbidgee in terms of numbers and success. Several trout cod from previous release events in the Macquarie River have been accidently captured by anglers while fishing for Murray cod and reported to the NSW DPI Threatened Species Unit.

If anglers catch or see a trout cod they are encouraged to report sightings and record the details including your name and address, date and exact location and the estimated length of the fish. It is preferred to keep the fish in the water while removing hooks and if hooked deep in mouth simply cut line and leave the hook which will rust away in a short time, this will optimise the chance of the fish surviving. 

Information can be sent by phone to the 24 hour reporting line (02) 4916 3877 or by email to or

Habitat degradation, changes in water quality associated with agriculture and other land uses and sedimentation caused by clearing, modification of natural river flows by water extraction along with competition from introduced fish species such as redfin perch, carp and gambusia are some of the causes of the decline in native fish. Casuarina gallery forest once dominated the banks of the Macquarie River in Bathurst providing habitat for a range of native bird, animal and aquatic species. By 1902 most of these forests had been cleared resulting in the destabilisation of river banks. 

2015 Leeton Bidgee Classic Fishing Competition

It’s on again! Held annually in March, the Leeton Bidgee Classic Fishing Competition is fast becoming one of regional NSW’s premier catch and release fishing events. 

Proudly supported by Leeton Shire Council, Yenda Producers and BCF and organised by local anglers, the event will again be held over 15 km of competition waters at the picturesque Gogeldrie Weir on the Murrumbidgee River from the 6-8 March 2015.

Attracting hundreds of anglers from near and far, the competition encourages the catch and release of native species such as Murray cod and golden perch. Proceeds from the event have and will continue to be used to restock the Murrumbidgee River system with native fingerlings. In 2014 alone, over 20,000 fingerlings were released back into the river system over the course of the event.

There’s thousands of dollars worth of prizes up for grabs in many different categories as well lure casting competitions, heaps of activities for the kids, the Super Saturday raffles, live entertainment, Friday night footy on the big screen and much, much more. More than $35,000 in prizes to be won including a Stacer Boat, a camper-trailer package and a 7-night resort holiday, in what is always a fun weekend on the banks of the Murrumbidgee for all involved!

Whether you consider yourself an expert angler or a novice, the Leeton Bidgee Classic will ensure a great family weekend. 

Accommodation is available at Gogeldrie Weir Park during the course of the event. Ensuite rooms are available - contact the lessees for pricing details. Gogeldrie Weir also possesses fantastic BBQ facilities, newly renovated toilets, showers and a fully stocked kiosk. Get in early to book your site/accommodation by phoning Gogeldrie Weir Park on (02) 6955 9267 and secure your chance at winning the 'Gogeldrie Weir Campers' Draw' prize.

A fully stocked kiosk together with food stalls provided by the local service clubs will be available right throughout the weekend for all your catering needs!

A large number of exhibitors will also fill the park over the weekend providing you with a chance to grab some awesome bargains and restock that tackle box!

For further information regarding the upcoming 2015 Leeton Bidgee Classic Fishing Competition, please contact the Leeton Shire Events Coordinator on (02) 6953 0939 or email

Sofala and Oberon branches of CAS in major fish releases  

Jodie Campbell releasing Murray cod into the Turon River. Pic by Ken Smith. 

On Saturday 10 January Sofala branch of Central Acclimatisation Society released 3,030 Murray cod and 2,272 golden perch into the Turon River at 10 approved release sites, and Oberon branch released 1,515 Murray cod into the Fish River at three approved sites.

The fish were purchased from Murray Darling Fisheries using dollar-for-dollar funding from the Recreational Fishing Trust (money from fishing licences) and donations from the Sofala and Oberon branches of CAS to enhance recreation fishing oppertunities in the area. 

Albury Wodonga River Classic lures family fishers

South West Anglers Association is holding the Albury Wodonga River Classic ("the family friendly fishing competition") on Saturday 7 
March 2015. 

The competition will be held from Lake Hume wall to the junction of Wodonga Creek and Murray River between 6.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Registration is at St Ives on the Causeway on Friday 6 March, 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm, or on Saturday 7 March, 5.00 am onward. Entry fees: Single Adult $25.00, Single Junior $10.00, Family $50.00. Presentations will be held at 6.00 pm at St Ives.

Any fish can win a prize. Both bank and boat based fishing are available. Optional keep or catch and release, secret lengths, lucky draws, raffles, give-aways and heaps more.

For more info contact the South West Anglers Association Secretary Terry Maloney, or mobile 0409 445 119.\

Passing of John Dunphy
John Dunphy died in the first few days of January, he had been fighting a long battle with liver cancer throughout the past year. John passed away in Osaka, Japan where he had been undergoing treatment for the past month, accompanied by his family.

John founded Dunphy Sports/Fishing Imports in 1981 and a short time later secured the distribution rights for Shimano in Australia and New Zealand. Over 30 years John and his team including several family members built Shimano from a relatively obscure name to be market leader in fishing in Australia and the Oceania region.

John was highly respected not only within the fishing industry at large for his extensive knowledge and foresight but also within the global Shimano community and in an advisory capacity with government fisheries departments. He was a strong advocate for ensuring the Australian passion of fishing is sustainable for future generations and was heavily involved in such measures as fish restocking programs. In that regard he was often mentioned as a visionary and creator.

John was a long time member of the Australian Fishing Trade Association. He was a long serving board member before becoming AFTA President, a role that he filled until his retirement in 2013. John was inducted into the AFTA Hall of Fame in 2013.

University students encouraged to apply for award in fisheries research
Post-graduate university students are being encouraged to apply for an award which recognises their research work, and in turn assists the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in the management of fisheries resources and aquatic habitats in NSW.  

Dr Bob Creese, DPI Director of Fisheries Research said the award is a fantastic tribute to one of the pioneers of fisheries conservation in NSW.

“The John Holliday Student Conservation Award is named in honour of the late Dr John Holliday, a former Senior Conservation Manager who dedicated 26 years to aquatic habitat and fish conservation issues for the DPI,” Dr Creese said. 

“The John Holliday Student Conservation Award is offered by DPI to encourage post-graduate students to share their research findings on a range of topics that could be beneficial to the management of fisheries in NSW.

“The 2015 award is open to all post-graduate students who were enrolled at an Australian university last year and who undertook fisheries-orientated research work in NSW.

“The winning entrant will receive $3,000 cash and a Certificate of Achievement.

“Entrants are judged by a panel, including the DPI’s Director Fisheries Research, Director Aquaculture and Aquatic Environment and a representative from a NSW conservation group.”

To enter, students will need to submit an electronic copy of a concise report summarising their research to date, and which is relevant to DPI’s current priority fisheries research programs.

Relevant research themes eligible for consideration are included in the Fisheries NSW Strategic Research Plan (2014-2018) and are available at

"Dr Holliday made a huge contribution to the work undertaken here and successfully pioneered the Department’s involvement in aquatic habitat and fish conservation issues, and I encourage students to submit their applications and be recognised for their own research work,” Dr Creese said.

Applications for the 2015 Award must be submitted by 31 March 2015.

For more information visit this link.

Recognition for RFA's Malcolm Poole
The RFA of NSW has presented Malcolm Poole with a plaque that is a small but genuine token of gratitude for his stint as RFA President for over 10 years. Malcolm continues to work in the RFA, focusing on the huge work load related to fishing safety issues.

Malcolm also recently received a letter from Minister Katrina Hodgkinson thanking him for his past and ongoing efforts with RFSTEC, recreational fishing safety and access issues.

Got any fishing stories? 
Paddy O'Reilly is editing a collection of stories and photos about fishing to be published in late 2015 and is looking for stories from anglers.

Affirm Press in Melbourne will publish the anthology of stories about fishing from fishing writers and personalities and from people across Australia who just love fishing. Rather than 'how to' or 'where to’ stories, he's looking for stories about the people and the fishing, or the people without the fish, or the beautiful fishing locations, etc. The stories can be funny, sad, nostalgic or surprising. Contributors will receive a free copy of the book.

Please email your story and photo by 1 March to The words can be in the body of the email or an attached document, and the attached picture should be print quality. If you have a great story but no picture, he’d still love to hear it.

Become a Foundation Member of the NSWCFA
Freshwater anglers are invited to make a special contribution to the NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers (NSWCFA) in the interests of all freshwater anglers in NSW.

You will be well aware of the challenges freshwater anglers face in sustaining the freshwater fishery in NSW, especially regarding the preservation of angler access. The NSWCFA constantly strives to overcome those challenges but we need your financial support to meet the costs of that work.

We are appealing to members who can afford to make a small extra annual contribution to become NSWCFA Foundation Members to help meet our operating costs. Foundation Membership is just $25 per year—less than the cost of a NSW fishing licence.

Foundation Members are recognised on a special page in the NSWCFA website and at the foot of NSWCFA newsletters.

Your contribution will help meet the cost of hiring meeting venues across NSW and out-of-pocket expenses for committee members who attend meetings on your behalf (such as train, taxi, bus and parking). Your contributions will also be used for the production of our monthly email newsletters, which are sent to hundreds of members, for stationery, copying, postage, internet and telephone costs, insurance to cover the personal liability of committee members, affiliation fees to the Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW and corporate return filing fees.

Please click here for a Foundation Membership form.

You can pay by cheque, direct credit, Visa or MasterCard.

Thank you to our Foundation Members
These Foundation Members have generously made a special financial contribution to the NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers in the interests of all freshwater anglers in NSW.

Adaminaby Fishing Club, Damian Balfour, The Barrington Club, Don Barton, Garry Brown, Kevin Brown, Oliver Brown, Vicente Butron, Ken Chapman, Richard Chesham, Geoff Davis, Radge Diakiw, Fred Dunford, FlyLife Publishing, Peter Gibson, Max Harris, Laurie Hoffman, Gordon Jones, Anonymous, Kevin Kai, Michael Lyons, James Mackie, Peter Mason, New South Wales Rod Fishers' Society, Sean McSharry, Ben Nieuwerth, Alan Phillis, Wayne Power, Don Salter, Joe Searl, Paul Summerhayes, Anonymous, Hock-sook Tham, Lofty Tottenham, Colin Wise.


NSWCFA Fly-fishing Meet 2015
The NSWCFA Fly-fishing Meet is a social fly-fishing long weekend that is held annually at Wallerawang, NSW. The Meet will be held from Friday 1 May to Sunday 3 May 2015, the weekend before Mothers’ Day. The Meet provides the opportunity for friendly competition and to share the love of fly fishing. In the past the Meet has been well patronized by a wide cross section of fly-fishers, ranging from novices to highly accomplished. Free tuition in fly-tying and fly-casting will be available.   

Best Club: Individuals may compete in some or all of the competitions and do so on behalf of a fishing club/organisation. Place getters are awarded points which go toward their nominated club. A trophy is awarded to the club which accumulates the most points over the weekend. 

Individual Competitions
Fishing – a low key event held from Friday 01 May 2015, closing at 6 pm on Saturday 2 May 2015.

Fly Tying – in categories: Open, Advanced, and Beginner.  Each person enters three flies (dry, wet & nymph)

Fly Casting – Dry Fly Accuracy. Cast to six target rings set in a circle at distances of 6 m to 13 m. 

Fly Casting – Distance Accuracy. Cast to a flag 20 m away. 

Photography - info re competition categories and content will be provided later.

The Meet registration fee (a bit over $200) includes some meals and two nights accommodation in one of five self-contained cabins. Some people attending may prefer to arrange their own accommodation in the Black Gold motel or villas but there is a big demand for these rooms so attendees should book early, directly with Black Gold Country Cabins (email:; website:

Other accommodation at the hotels in town may be available, but, please make your own arrangements.

For further information contact the coordinator or one of the organising committee:

John Robb (Coordinator)

Ray Tang

Crown road closure applications now ONLY online and in local papers
In August 2012 the NSW government started to clear a backlog of applications to convert Crown roads to freehold. This includes many 'paper roads' that could provide important fishing access to the public. Initially NSW DPI was monitoring the flow of applications and notifying angling groups including the RFA of any applications that could lead to loss of fishing access. However the number of applications has now increased dramatically and NSW DPI has stopped notifying angling groups due to lack of resources to cope with the avalanche. 

The NSW government launched an online service showing the applications at

The roads notices are searchable by date, locality and local government area. The information will remain online for the full 28 day submission period for each proposed road closure. The maps contain information to clearly identify which roads are being offered for sale and closure, without revealing the identity of landholders or applicants. 

Anglers must monitor the website and their local newspapers (the only place the government is obliged to advertise proposed closures) so they find out about closures in their area. If you don’t watch this situation and quickly lodge objections when necessary you could lose valuable access to your favourite places.

Free "Don't put your life on the line" DVDs available again

We again have stocks of our updated 'Don’t Put Your Life on the Line' fishing safety DVD. This edition of the DVD has an upgraded rock fishing video with numerous translations into every language we could think of, it also has the freshwater and underwater safe fishing videos AND the brand new safe boat fishing video!

We are keen to get this DVD out to fishing clubs, community groups and school classes, and can provide multiple copies. The DVD is FREE and we deliver it at no charge. If you would like copies, email your name, address and quantity to

The DVD production costs were funded by the NSW Recreational Fishing Trusts.

How old is that trout?
Ever caught a fin-clipped trout in Eucumbene or Jindabyne? If you have, you can determine its age by the position of the clipped fin. Every year thousands of trout are fin-clipped by volunteers at Gaden Trout Hatchery so that the age group can be identified. Different fins are clipped to indicate the year.

The chart below, courtesy of Fisheries NSW, shows the fin-clip location for recent years. Click the image to see a bigger version you can print and carry in your vest.


Fish Habitat Network on Facebook
FHN has a Facebook page that frequently carries news about fish habitat events and projects as well as links to news items from other states and countries.

Go to and Like their page to stay in touch.

Free RFA of NSW guide to meeting with politicians and bureaucrats
Arranging a meeting with a politician, especially a state or federal minister, isn’t easy. If you do manage to get a bit of time in their busy schedules it’s important to make the most of the opportunity.

The RFA has prepared a brief guide to organising and participating in meetings with politicians and bureaucrats. You can download a copy by clicking here.

New Waterways Guide from PaddleNSW
PaddleNSW has launched its new Waterways Guide at

The online Waterways Guide is a paddling guide to Australian waterways. It provides descriptions of rivers, lakes, estuaries and the seas off the coast of Australia. It is based on the touring information published in the Canoeing Guide to New South Wales book and enables it to be updated, and enhanced with maps, photos, real time weather and river data, access points, trails and camping spots. The original information is being extended with the assistance of keen paddlers to include all waterways including estuaries and seas.

Who represents anglers?

Advisory Council on Recreational Fishing members

Advisory Council on Recreational Fishing minutes

Recreational Fishing Freshwater Trust Expenditure Committee members

Recreational Fishing Freshwater Trust Expenditure Committee minutes

Recreational Fishing Saltwater Trust Expenditure Committee members

Recreational Fishing Saltwater Trust Expenditure Committee minutes

In  between editions of their monthly newsletters the RFA of NSW and the NSW CFA also post news on their Facebook pages...

Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW Facebook page

NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers Facebook page


Newsletter banner photograph courtesy Alistair McBurnie, © A McBurnie 2014

Is your club a member of the Council of Freshwater Anglers?

The NSW CFA is the main umbrella group for freshwater fishing organisations in NSW and enjoys a productive relationship with the NSW Department of Primary Industries and other agencies and recreational fishing organisations. We welcome all freshwater fishing clubs as members and as visitors to our meetings. Member organisations are able to send voting delegates to our quarterly meetings. For information about joining the NSW CFA, visit our website or contact our Secretary, Mr Radge Diakiwv at or (02) 9449 3539.|

Council of Freshwater Anglers Members
ACT Fly Fishers; Anglers Action Group (Sydney Northside); The Barrington Club; Bass Kempsey; Bass Sydney; Big River Bass Fly Fishing Club; Blue Mountains and Nepean District Angling Association; Canberra Anglers' Association; Canberra Fisherman's Club; Central Acclimatisation Society; Central Coast Flyrodders; Council of Southern Districts Angling Clubs; Fly Fish Bathurst; Greenwells Fly Fishing Club; Hastings Fly Fishers; Hawkesbury Nepean Bass Anglers' Association; Hunter Native Fish; Illawarra Fly Fishers; Lakeside Fly Fishing Club; Mid North Coast Flyrodders; Monaro Acclimatisation Society (includes Adaminaby Branch, Bombala Branch, Braidwood Fishing Club, Delegate Branch, Kydra/Kybean Branch, Anembo Anglers Club, Cabramurra Fishing Club, Cooma Trout Acclimatisation Association, Dalgety Branch, Khancoban Angling Club, Nimmitabel Branch, Tumbarumba Branch, Waterfall Farm Fishing Club, Queanbeyan Anglers Club, Tumut Branch, Upper Goodradigbee Branch, Yass Branch, Jindabyne Branch, Talbingo Branch); New England Trout Acclimatisation Society; New South Wales Rod Fishers' Society; New South Wales Coarse Angling Research Club, Orange Trout Acclimatisation Society; Professional Fishing Instructors & Guides Association; Scone Amateur Fishing Club; Singleton Fly Fishing Club; Southern Bass Fishing Club; Springwood Fishing Club; Sydney Fly Rodders; Sydney Coarse Anglers; The Lakes; Vikings Fishing Club; Wingham Anglers.

Handy links
NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers Peak freshwater fishing body in NSW
Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW Peak recreational fishing organisation in NSW
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Fisherman's Watch Report all illegal activities Free call 1800 043 536
Recfish Peak national recreational fishing organisation

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NSW CFA Meetings 2015
Saturday 21 February 2015 (Penrith)
Saturday 16 May 2015
Saturday 15 August 2015 (AGM)
Saturday 21 November 2015

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