Barossa Valley Chapter

The Barossa Valley Chapter is a group that began by combining with RecFish South Australia. The  members of OzFish Barossa are motivated about building and maintaining habitat in the recently stocked Warren Reservoir.

Four years ago, the Warren Reservoir was opened. Initially this was home to Redfin and Carp and was later stocked with native species. It was clear that these endemic species needed habitats installed, as Warren Reservoir contained few natural habitats. More recent projects revolve around the South Para Reservoir.

Barossa Valley Chapter Members

All founding members of the Barossa Valley Chapter are also Warren Recreational Fishing Committee Members who are passionate about further developing RecFish SA. This demonstrates that the members of the Barossa chapter are passionate and driven to make a change for the better. Improving the fish habitats for their local species is a priority, restoring fish abundance to the plentiful state it was all those years ago.

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Get to know the area

The Kaurna and Ngadjuri people are the Traditional owners and Custodians of the Barossa Valley land and water.

The South Para River Catchment is home to the Warren Reservoir, a waterbody of great importance. This reservoir then flows into the South Para Reservoir. These are located in the southern Fringe of the Barossa Valley within the Mount Crawford Forest area. Additionally, the Hale Conservation Park, a bushwalking hotspot, borders the Warren Reservoir. Recreational activities are plentiful in these areas and include camping, bush walking, and motor bike riding.

A Freshwater Honey Hole

While these two reservoirs have been well known and popular to the fresh water anglers, the efforts of restocking are beginning to show. The abundance of Silver Perch are increasing, with the warmer weather producing some whoppers around the 40 cm mark. During summertime, the presence of several Cod being tempted by lures caused a ripple of excitement in the South Australian Fishing Community. Another popular species not to be forgotten are the Golden Perch, otherwise known as Callop.

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The main concerns for the Barossa Valley area are…

  1. A lack of natural habitat within the reservoir is causing concern for recreational fishers.
  2. Users of the Warren and South Para Reservoir are concerned for the future of stocking projects within the reservoirs, Fishers are conscious of this and most practice catch and release to help ensure the future of fishing within the reservoirs.

Completed projects

While there are not many completed projects as of yet, this Chapter is passionate about all things fish and how they behave in their habitats. The goal is to increase the list under the this ‘completed’ banner.

  1. Providing ‘Habitat Creations’ (pots) within the Warren to increase the available fish habitat for native species.
  2. The Pesticide Detective program involved analysing samples to detect the presence of various chemicals.

Future Projects

The Barossa Valley Chapter has regular meet-ups on a bi-monthly basis at various local venues. These meetings involve discussions about the Chapter’s goals, future projects and updates on previous projects. Projects that the Chapter would like to focus on in the future include:

  • Further Cod houses and pots
  • Tree Planting in other locations

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