Mystery of the Merriwa Park pond rainbow trout

GONE FISHING: Anglers swarmed to Merriwa Park this week after word got around that rainbow trout were being caught in the park’s ponds. In the foreground are Kyle Cranfield and his son Joseph who have caught eight trout between them over the last week. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

A FISHY mystery almost as bewildering as the Loch Ness monster has occurred in the Merriwa Park ponds this week.

It appears rainbow trout were spotted about a week ago by a number of visitors and before long fishing lines had appeared and reports of plate-sized 23cm trout being reeled in had reached the internet.

Local fishing journalist Robbie Alexander confirmed the reports on his popular Facebook page and by yesterday a number of family groups were out there trying their luck.

“I’ve always been a supporter of getting Merriwa Park stocked by Fisheries Victoria’s school holiday fish stocking program so this is great news,” Robbie said.

His daughters Holly and Skye were two of the many young anglers trying their luck yesterday.

Kyle Cranfield and his son Joseph were also throwing a line and may have been some of the first to stumble on to the secret.

“We were having a barbecue about a week ago and Joseph threw some bread into the water to feed the ducks,” Kyle said.

“I saw some fish come up and they looked like rainbow trout.

“We’ve come back a couple of times since and caught eight of them, but we let most of them go.”

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