Menindee smelling sweet

Anyone who fishes at Menindee Lakes knows the stench of dead carp.

There was a decided lack of that on Sunday, March 6th.

People visiting Copi Hollow reported a lack of dead fish or even the smell of rotting fish.

Lake Pamamaroo, the weir from Wetherell into Pamamaroo, and the Main Weir were also clear of dead fish.

There are numerous campers along Lake Pamamaroo and people fishing at the Main Weir, Block Dam and Menindee Lookout.

“The water has been lovely to camp by, we haven’t seen any dead fish but we haven’t caught any fish either,” James Parker from Melbourne said.

Tess Franks from Broken Hill said she’d seen the reports but still decided to go up the river for the day.

“I’ve been keeping an eye out as I was curious, I expected a smell and there was nothing, it’s beautiful,” she said.

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The river from Main Weir to Block Dam was clear and there was one floating dead fish near the inlet from Wetherell toward Block Dam.

Black Water was reported entering Pamamaroo two weeks ago and The Guardian reported ‘a spokesperson from WaterNSW said the black water would be aerated going through the weir from Wetherell into the Lake Pamamaroo and would be diluted in the lake’.

There are numerous campers along Lake Pamamaroo and people fishing at the Main Weir, Block Dam and Menindee Lookout.

Video emerged 7 days ago of schools of carp gulping for air and another of carp massing on either side of Lake Menindee Weir but no sign of fish kills on Sunday.

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