Inaugural Junee fishing competition to combat growing carp numbers in Lake Laurie Daley

GOTTA CATCH 'EM ALL: Wayne Watterson and Tony Butt are hoping to tackle growing carp numbers in Lake Laurie Daley with a fishing competition in March.
GOTTA CATCH 'EM ALL: Wayne Watterson and Tony Butt are hoping to tackle growing carp numbers in Lake Laurie Daley with a fishing competition in March.

Event organisers are hoping Junee’s first ever fishing competition will hook residents and visitors alike next month.

Tony Butt and Wayne Watterson are part of the team looking to tackle growing carp numbers in Junee’s Lake Laurie Daley and have some fun in the process.

“We’re putting together a bit of a comp to fish out the carp and we’ve already got approval from the fisheries,” Mr Butt said.

“Once we’ve got the excess carp out, we’ll be replacing them with Murray Cod and yellowbelly.”

Carp numbers have been historically low, however, Mr Watterson believes recent rainfall and flooding events have seen a return of the notorious species.

“I’d say it’s down to extra rainfall and flooding across the dams,” he said.

“I’ve already seen some big carp in the lake.”

The event has already garnered community support with BCF, Belmore Motors and others coming aboard as sponsors.

“There’ll be prize money and vouchers for a variety of categories - biggest fish, most fish caught and things like that,” Mr Butt said.

“I think there’s about $1500 worth of free stuff up for grabs.

“Also it’s just a good opportunity to bring the community together and have a bit of a fish.

“I had no idea how many people came down to fish at Lake Laurie Daley until now.”

Mr Butt said the event, scheduled for March 17, could evolve into something bigger for future years.

“It’s good to get the kids down fishing so if we pull out enough carp this year, maybe we could look at fishing for cod and yellowbelly next year,” he said.

More details on the competition will be released in the coming weeks.