Go fish: New pontoon at Lake Boga

RECREATIONAL anglers will soon have a new spot to fish with a new floating fishing platform being installed at Lake Boga in the coming weeks. 

The Lake Boga Sports Fishing Club received a $110,000 grant to build the new platform, which will be approximately 40 metres long and made from polythene pontoons. 

Chair of VRFish Rob Loates, Swan Hill Rural City councillor Bill Moar, Lake Boga Sports Fishing Club treasurer Darren Scott and Equipment Solutions Plus director Stuart Patterson in front of the new floating fishing platform site at Lake Boga. Picture: GEORGIE MORTON

Chair of VRFish Rob Loates, Swan Hill Rural City councillor Bill Moar, Lake Boga Sports Fishing Club treasurer Darren Scott and Equipment Solutions Plus director Stuart Patterson in front of the new floating fishing platform site at Lake Boga. Picture: GEORGIE MORTON

The funding was provided by the Victorian Fisheries Authority through their Target One Million Better Fishing Facilities Program and secured by Equipment Solutions Plus (ESP) in Swan Hill. 

"It's great to be able to help to get projects happening in the local area," ESP director Stuart Patterson said. 

The fishing platform will include a two-metre wide walkway with wheelchair access and an 8.5-metre long by 3.5-metre wide fishing platform located at the end of the jetty. 

New fish habitats will also be established around the new platform within casting distance with the goal to "make fishing better for everyone". 

"It's a great initiative," Victorian Recreational Fishing chairman Rob Loates said. 

"It will make fishing better for everyone and will be a magnificent asset to the town." 

In recent months, the Lake Boga Sports Fishing Club, North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA), Victoria Fisheries Authority and Swan Hill Rural City Council have been working together to prevent bank erosion at Lake Boga. 

The North Central CMA have established a rock bank where the new fishing platform will be located and approximately 1000 native trees have been planted and cared for by the local fishing club members. 

"It's great to see the community all working together," Cr Bill Moar said. 

"From a council point of view, the best projects are the one the community drives. 

"They attain the funding and do it all themselves. It becomes a council asset afterwards but it's the community that makes it happen." 

"It's just fantastic." 

In addition to the new fishing platform and tree plantations, submerged fish habitats are established in Lake Boga currently holding silver perch, yellow belly and Murray cod. 

An additional 100,000 golden perch have been released this year. 

"Future releases will now be easier with the new fishing platform," Lake Boga Sports Fishing Club treasurer Darren Scott said. 

"It will become a great recreational asset and will also act as an attraction for any tourists that come to town.

"It's another outlet for our local people to come down and enjoy things that they otherwise wouldn't normally enjoy."

The new platform will start being built in the coming weeks and is expected to take one week to complete.

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