More than 90,000 native fingerlings are now exploring the depths of Myponga Reservoir, released last week as part of the efforts to improve the fishing experience at Myponga and boost recreational activities at reservoir reserves across South Australia.

With hundreds of keen anglers dropping a line at the reservoir since access for shore-based fishing was recently granted, 32,000 Murray cod fingerlings and 30,000 each of silver perch and golden perch were last week released into Myponga to live and breed in its 27 billion litre water capacity.

Fishing is available at a number of reservoir reserves, including Myponga, with a permit available for purchase and required to be displayed in hard copy or on a device.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said stocking baby fish from hatcheries is vital to creating a sustainable aquatic habitat.

“Fishing has been one of the most popular activities South Australians have told us they want to enjoy as more reservoirs open for expanded access, and it is already proving to be a big hit with locals and tourists visiting Myponga,” Minister Speirs said.

“As a government we have carefully considered the best approach to provide recreational experiences as more reservoirs open for public access, and stocking Myponga Reservoir with more fish will make sure families and keen anglers can keep reeling in a catch for years to come.’’

This is the first major stocking milestone at Myponga, with plans underway to add yearling trout in mid-2020.

With a capacity large enough to fill more than 55 Adelaide Ovals with waters, supply stored in the reservoir is treated at the Myponga Water Treatment Plant before being delivered as clean, safe drinking water to thousands of SA Water customers across the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Since becoming the first reservoir to open for expanded access in 2019, more than 13,500 visitors have already enjoyed and explored the Myponga Reservoir Reserve, which features a 3.3 kilometre walking trail, cycling paths and picnicking spots.

Progress continues to upgrade Myponga to allow on-water access by next year, which opens the door for even more fun activities and wider fishing access than what’s on offer currently.