Young anglers set for free school holiday fishing program in South Yunderup

Photo: Recfishwest / Nick Thake.
Photo: Recfishwest / Nick Thake.

A WA-first urban trout stocking event is set to give young fishers the opportunity to catch rainbow trout in the middle of suburbia at Austin Lakes estate, South Yunderup, this school holidays.

From September 26 - 28, Recfishwest, in partnership with the Shire of Murray, will hold its inaugural 'Fish in the 'Burbs' to provide a new, free family-friendly and safe fishing experience.

About 500 rainbow trout will be released into the lake in the centre of Austin Lake estate during Fish in the 'Burbs, to give the opportunity to the next generation of fishers to sample freshwater fishing.

Six three-hour sessions will be held across the three-day freshwater fishing bonanza, with 150 people able to attend each morning and afternoon session.

"Recfishwest has been working hard to make a school holidays urban stocking program possible," Recfishwest chief Dr Andrew Rowland said.

"So, it is really exciting that we are on the verge of it happening as this will be the first of many more similar events to come."

Young fishers, even those who aren't overly experienced, will be able to enjoy some exciting fishing - no prior fishing knowledge is required.

Participants can bring their own fishing gear or borrow one of Recfishwest's rod-and-reels if they don't have one - although there is a limited amount of loan gear available.

If fishers are bringing their own gear, a small rod rated in the 1kg to 5kg range, suitable for bream or whiting, will suit perfectly.

Fishers will be able to register for either a morning session from 9am-12pm or an afternoon session from 1-4pm.

For people wanting to try and catch a trout in the middle of suburbia go to the Shire of Murray website because limited spots are available. Those wanting to participate are advised to register their interest as early as possible.