Tod Reservoir to be Opened for Fishing

POTENTIAL FOR FISHING: Local recreational fisher Heather Hampel is interested to see what the Reservoir Recreational Fishing Tasforce comes up with for the future use of the Tod Reservoir.
POTENTIAL FOR FISHING: Local recreational fisher Heather Hampel is interested to see what the Reservoir Recreational Fishing Tasforce comes up with for the future use of the Tod Reservoir.

LOCAL recreational fishers could soon be dropping a line in the Tod Reservoir, with the reservoir being one of five in the state set to be opened for fishing.

A state taskforce set up to oversee the change had a preliminary meeting about two weeks ago to look at what needed to be done to open the reservoirs for recreational use.

RecFish SA communications manager David Ciaravolo said RecFish SA had been pushing for years to have the state's reservoirs opened for recreational fishing and five had been identified as prime candidates, including the Tod Reservoir.

Reservoirs in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia are already open to recreational fishing and Mr Ciaravolo said there had been economic benefits for their regional communities.

"We're really playing catch up in this," Mr Ciaravolo said.

"It's a first for South Australia but it's really the norm for every other state.

"It's time to get on board with this because regional centres around Australia have benefited from it."

Mr Ciaravolo said there was still work to be done but RecFish SA would keep the pressure on and work with the taskforce on any issues that needed to be addressed.

"There's a lot of experience interstate on how to do this."

The conversion will include stocking the reservoirs with "recreationally attractive species" to encourage people to fish there.

Mr Ciaravolo said the species would depend on the water body and assessment by Natural Resource Management boards and PIRSA Fisheries, but options could include native fish, salmonoid species or estuary perch, which had been experimented with in Victoria.

He said the state Labor and Liberal parties were both committed to making it happen and the government had committed $400,000 in this year's budget so he was confident the roll out would start this financial year.

RecFish SA is also negotiating with the government to allow the use of boats on offline reservoirs.

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