Tod Reservoir plan for family fishery

Recfish SA has released its concept plan for reservoir fishing across South Australia, which includes a plan for a family fishing space for the Tod Reservoir.

The concept plan details a vision for each of the reservoirs being opened up for recreational fishing, which includes creating diverse fishing experiences, encouraging tourism to these fishing destinations and promoting community involvement and custodianship.

The plan highlights the Tod Reservoir as a 'family fishery', alongside other reservoirs in the state including Hope Valley, Thorndon Park and Warren reservoirs.

These spaces will include infrastructure and facilities to cater for all age groups such as barbecues, walkways, jetties and picnic benches.

Possible species highlighted for the reservoir include rainbow trout, Australian bass, Murray cod, silver perch and eel-tail catfish.

Recfish SA executive officer Danny Simpson said the plan for the Tod Reservoir was possible thanks to discussions with Tod Reservoir master plan project officer Jill Coates and the Eyre Peninsula Recreational Fishing Committee, as well as Port Lincoln High School.

He said as a result of this consultation and planning the plan for a family fishery came about.

"It's the only reservoir in the area and it would be good to attract families to it," he said.

Committee coordinator Norm Pope said he was "rapt" by the plan for the Tod Reservoir.

"One of the things we promote with Recfish SA is fishing can be a family activity," he said.

"In principle this is a great idea, it promotes family fishing, takes pressure off salt water species and people don't need expensive fishing equipment or boats."

Mr Simpson said the government established a Reservoir Task Force with has a Fishing in Reservoirs Working Group subcommittee.

"We're hoping the working group looks at it and likes what it sees," he said.

The plan is available for viewing on the Recfish SA website or by visiting its Facebook page.

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