THOUSANDS of fish are busily swimming upstream and local fishermen are casting their lines again after the Murilla Fish Stocking Association restocked Dogwood Creek and Gill Weir.
The club released more than 20,000 yellowbelly and 8000 cod fingerlings on Saturday, March 18, after purchasing the fish from Hanwood Hatchery in Murgon.
Members of the club work tirelessly throughout the year to raise money to purchase the fish stock to replenish local waterways.
Fish restocking is now the club's only activity after it was left with a black hole in its budget following government funding cuts in2015.
Despite the constant challenge of a shortage of money, president Shirley Walsh, who joined the club when it began in the late 1980s, felt the club continuation was important for the local environment.
"We restock the Dogwood and the Gill Weir to keep the local fishing going, if we didn't you wouldn't have any fish for the future - it's important,” she said.
"The government used to give us funding for buying fingerlings and then after a change of government all of funding got cut ... it's certainly not cheap to buy the fingerlings.
"It's taken us a step back (but) by putting fingerlings in we are looking at the bigger picture, at least when we finish and the younger ones take over there will be fish in the creek to keep spawning.”
Secretary Ann Ross said fish restocking was important because it replenished supplies so locals could continue to fish.
"We like to promote fishing for families, to encourage them to get away from the iPad, get outside and enjoy some recreational time together,” she said.
Mrs Ross said the club restocked the creek once a year but needed help fundraising and was
always looking for new members.
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