Lake not worth a cracker

Gone fishingCraig Harris RED ON REDDIE: Doug Charlton with a reddie from Talbingo. Picture: Contributed

G’DAY, for those who are regular readers of this column (all both of you) may have missed last week’s column and I would love to say that I didn’t write it as I was away fishing, but the truth is I/we have been that busy at the shop since Gavin and Heidi Case have joined the crew, I haven’t had time to even scratch myself.

I do have to say having a couple of highly motivated and keen partners has also reinvigorated my enthusiasm and motivated me to try and make peoples access to boats and fishing easier.

Shameless self plug – but stay tuned for some exciting happenings at Wagga Marine – plug over.

I was down the boat club last Thursday, just like every Thursday for that matter, for the meat tray draw and a cold glass of lemonade and we started to talk about the lake – or the pond as it is becoming.

I was down the boat club last Thursday, just like every Thursday for that matter, for the meat tray draw and a cold glass of lemonade and we started to talk about the lake – or the pond as it is becoming.

Now, I am no engineer, and will probably get shot down in flames for even suggesting this, but if there were a couple of manmade islands in the middle of the lake, would that help with the amount of water required to keep the lake sustainable?

I know that the maximum depth of the lake is 1.8 metres, so,making it deeper would lessen the amount of evaporation and the dirt taken from the floor can help make the islands, while rocks around the edge of the island will help reduce the erosion, and mooring on the islands for boats will give more boat users areas to stay during the day.

Maybe even a levee of $5 per boat per day, or even a yearly fee, with a gate for those who use the boat ramp at Apex Park (you are not supposed to use the ramp on the boat club side unless you are a member of the boat club) may be a proposition.

If we can spend over 20 million on a swimming pool and still not have it profitable, surely we can spend some money on the lake, yes I have a vested interest in keeping the lake usable, but so do a lot of other businesses in Wagga – accommodation, fuel, food, clothing, clubs, etc.

There has been a proposal put forward to put lights around the lake, great, but what are we going to walk around if there is no water in it?

The lake (at the time of writing) is closed due to blue green algae; the Barry CarnMemorial Ski race has been cancelled due to lack of water; the boat club will struggle due to no water therefore patronage will be less.

We have had about 35mm of rain this past week, where did that water runoff from all the suburbs go?

I understand that there is rubbish and other crap that inconsiderate people throw away that ends up in our drains and would require cleaning up but isn’t it worthwhile if it keeps the sustainability of the lake at a usable level?

Like I said, I am by no means and engineer in this area and have asked more questions than I have answers for, but are they questions that can be considered or are they just pie in the sky stuff.

We removed all the willow trees around the lake to help reduce the water loss (this also removed areas for fish to call home) but it has done little in regards to water loss.

I would have loved to see – and this will get up some peoples noses – the area north of Wagga – especially the open area towards Estella flooded with sustainable water coming from the river basically having a “Mulwala” in Wagga, if that worked and once again I am by no means a knowledgeable person in this area, the income that this would bring in for EVERY business in Wagga would be huge.

Yes there would be relocation required by some people but the opportunities for all Wagga industries would increase.

Basically something has to be done, if we sit on our hands, we will lose an asset that Wagga cannot afford to lose and as I have said I am by no means an expert in this matter, I am just a concerned rate paying citizen who is voicing his own opinion and would like to get some answers.

The lake is a great place for kids and adults alike to go fishing and boating but at the moment it isn’t worth a cracker.

Fishing aroundBurrinjuck was pretty good over the long weekend with the reddies raising their hands and saying pick me, pick me, the size wasn’t huge but the numbers were there, a couple of yellas on bait, the odd reasonable cod on the troll so all in all not a bad place to have gone for the weekend.Blowering was a little slow with the reddies also playing the game, once again nothing huge but good numbers.Talbingo was a whole lot better with big numbers of small to medium reddies being landed, old mate Dougie Charlton happened to catch a bunch of these along with a very nice 41cm mummy as well and yes it was caught on a stucky (for the regular readers of this column Dougie had a good leader on, tied his knots correctly and had his drag adjusted correctly) Bruce Duff managed a couple of small trout and a hand full of reddies in between skis – all in all a good place to have been.Tantangara whilst being low fished exceptionally well until the low came through, Chris Chamberlain was throwing back trout, they were catching that many until then, after that it was back to three to four fish a day.Eucumbene was pretty much the same as Tantangara, good numbers until the low hit then back to normal as was Jindabyne.The Hume weir was good with some good catches of, yes reddies, a couple of yellas and some medium cod (obviously a couple of degree change in water temperature is all that is needed for the reddies).Mulwala was good for some nice cod with a few blokes landing and releasing some nice fish.The Murrumbidgee was pretty low and haven’t had many reports.South Coast was windy but if you picked the right days there were good Yellowfin landed, a few spear fish and a couple of marlin out wide, good sized salmon and tailor on the beaches and flatties in the estuaries.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲美睫培训学校.