Happy Valley fish release to get anglers hooked

Friday 03 December 2021

MEDIA RELEASE


More than 1,000 catch-ready Murray Cod are being released into Happy Valley Reservoir, ahead of the reservoir’s much-anticipated opening on 11 December, improving the fishing experience for anglers keen to drop a line in for the first time.

More than 1,000 catch-ready Murray Cod are being released into Happy Valley Reservoir, ahead of the reservoir’s much-anticipated opening on 11 December, improving the fishing experience for anglers keen to drop a line in for the first time.

The stocking of Murray Cod – one of the largest native freshwater fish in Australia – is a first for Happy Valley Reservoir, and forms part of a broader fish stocking plan which will eventually also include other species like Rainbow Trout.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said Happy Valley will quickly become a popular spot for locals and visitors to reel in a catch this summer.

“December 11 is fast approaching which is when we will unlock the gates at Happy Valley Reservoir for the first time and allow the public in for a range of land and water-based recreational activities such as kayaking, fishing, cycling and picnicking,” Minister Speirs said.

“Work is well underway establishing the facilities and 20 kilometres of trails that will be enjoyed by thousands of people and this fish stocking event is just another way we are ensuring Happy Valley Reservoir will be an environmental and recreational hub in the heart of the southern suburbs.

“Murray Cod are prized among recreational fishers and catching one can be a challenging and exhilarating experience, and by stocking larger fish – averaging around 60 centimetres in length –they’ll be ready for catch and release as soon as the reservoir is opened to the public.

“The recreational opportunities coming to Happy Valley will be the cherry on top of our incredibly successful Opening up our Reservoirs initiative – which has seen more than 300,000 visitors across these spaces.

“I can’t wait to pack my kayak and watch South Australians descend on Happy Valley Reservoir when it opens up, which will be celebrated with a free community event packed with live entertainment, family activities and interactive nature play.”

Member for Davenport Steve Murray said the local community are eagerly awaiting December 11.

“Local residents have voiced their desire to access this spot for years and it’s truly exciting that the Marshall Liberal Government is opening the gates to Happy Valley Reservoir for the first time in its 120-year history,” Mr Murray said.

“The opening of the reservoir will unlock vast amounts of open, green space for the local community to enjoy and turn Happy Valley into a must-visit destination for others.

“We have already seen how popular and successful Glenthorne National Park has been since that opened to the public and Happy Valley Reservoir will deliver further social and economic benefits to our area.”

In another major milestone for the Marshall Liberal Government’s program, expanded recreational access will also be available at Mount Bold Reservoir Reserve from 4 December.

“The spectacular views at Mount Bold are already a hit among sightseers, and from early next month, people will be able to experience this beauty for themselves,” Minister Speirs said.

“We’re expanding access to the site by establishing more than 10 kilometres of walking trails within the reserve, and building a new car park, picnic facilities and a spectacular lookout.

“Summer is going to be a busy period for our reservoirs and with new access on its way to Happy Valley and Mount Bold, there’ll be an endless source of adventure and fun for visitors.”

More information about the free community event at Happy Valley Reservoir, as well as required fishing permits, can be found at www.reservoirs.sa.gov.au.