Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith reminds the community that the Sydney International Regatta Centre hosts a free Community ‘Catch and Release’ Fishing Program each Tuesday (subject to events on site).
“Whether an amateur just wanting to give fishing a go or an enthusiastic angler, the program caters for all,” said Stuart Ayres.
“NSW Department of Primary Industries ‘Fishcare Volunteers’ supervise the program and are happy to offer advice relating to fishing gear, fish and knots.”
All fishing is shore based and participants are required to bring their own equipment, including barbless hooks and bait (corn, bread or worms are suggested, live bait is not permitted).
The program focuses on educating people about responsible catch and release practices whilst also promoting and increasing awareness of the Penrith Lakes as a major recreational fresh water fishing venue in Western Sydney.
Native fish communities in the Penrith Lakes play a key role in the succession of ecosystems in the developing lake environments, as well as providing recreational fishing opportunities.
There are currently 9 species of freshwater fish including Australian bass, freshwater catfish, long finned eel and carp.
A current NSW Fisheries recreational fishing licence is required (some exemptions apply) and children under the age of 16 years must be supervised by a parent or adult guardian.