This advisory group provides information to Recfishwest on current issues associated with the State’s recreational freshwater fisheries. This is a great opportunity to provide input into fisheries management and ensure sustainable, accessible, enjoyable and safe fishing for the recreational fishing community.
You may have seen some of the Reference Group’s recommendations, including:
- Best locations and trout stocking numbers for South West freshwater waterways.
- Ensure continued access to certain rivers and tributaries during winter.
Position time: three-year term
Freshwater Reference Group
Ian Sewell (Chair)
Ian was the Editor/Director of The WA Fishing Magazine and is now the editor for WA Fishing Monthly. During and previous to this, Ian owned and operated tackle stores around the Perth area for about 20 years. Ian has sat on the Recfishwest Board a number of times and also sat on the original Recreational fisheries advisory council which later morphed into Recfishwest. In his involvement in Recfishwest and as an old member of WATFAA Ian has sat on previous freshwater stocking committees on and off for about the last 15 or so years. Ian is very keen to see Australian natives in impoundments in WA and has been a constant in the push for their introduction for longer than he cares to remember.
Russell Hanley has been a keen freshwater angler for more than 50 years and has fished rivers and lakes all over the world, beginning as a bait fisherman, progressing through spin fishing to finally becoming a passionate fly fisher in the last few years. Russell joined the Freshwater Fisheries Reference Group because he has a strong commitment to the preservation of trout stocking and fishing in the rivers and impoundments of the South West. He is a professional environmental scientist with a very good understanding of freshwater ecology and understands the largest threats to the aquatic systems of the region are landscape modification and water extraction in a drying climate.
Liam is an avid fisherman with a special affinity to fly fishing for trout. Through his involvement with various fishing clubs he has experience with trout stocking policies, management of still water and stream fisheries as well as on the ground trout stocking experience. Liam joined the Freshwater Fisheries Reference Group because he is passionate about sustaining and growing quality trout fishing experiences in the South West.
Glenn has been fishing since he was six years old, where he primarily targeted trout in the Pemberton area. Since then he’s have fished both fresh and salt all around Australia and also for trout in Iceland and New Zealand. Without doubt, Glenn loves fly fishing the best, but chooses the most appropriate style for the location and species available. Freshwater fishing presents a greater challenge for Glenn, especially in hard to access points along a stream. Glenn believes trout are great fun to catch and the environment you find them in is almost always beautiful, abounding in spectacular flora and bird life and very relaxing. Glenn joined the group because he wants to give something back to the sport he loves so much, and endeavours to help to provide sustainable, enjoyable fishing opportunities well into the future. After nearly 60 years of freshwater fishing Glenn has many wonderful memories, but his my favourite is when he caught my first wild rainbow trout, on a fly he tied his self, without the assistance of a guide.
Peter first wet a line when he was only six years old, fishing with his father and uncle for tailor off the beaches around Mandurah back in 1969. Although he spent countless days hunting the inland region of southern WA, it wasn’t until 1977 that Peter first fished for trout at Waroona Dam. Starting out with bait and lures, it wasn’t long before Peter purchased his first fly rod, later joining WATFAA (Trout Club) in 1980 and getting involved in club activities including, upgrading the Nanga Fish Ladder, netting trout with fisheries for research purposes and other activities mainly freshwater related. Peter’s grown to love freshwater fishing, travelling all around Australia and New Zealand to fly fish streams and dams.
One of Peter’s best memories would be back in 1996 when he landed four rainbow trout weighing more than 5lb on fly down at Pemberton and one being just under 8lb, a fish that’s still the state record to this day. Peter has also been working behind the scenes trying to promote better stocking ideas and promoting the growing on of trout to a larger size with the staff at the hatchery over the years with mixed results. It wasn’t until a number of people pushed Peter to become a FFRG member, and now Peter values having an official say in the future of our freshwater fishery in WA. Peter also runs a fishing Facebook group to promote Aussie native species and also gather understanding of the different factions of freshwater fishers in this state. Peter also writes the freshwater section for the WA Fishing Monthly Magazine, reporting on all the latest news and what’s happening in our sweet water scene.
Dave has fished for trout and freshwater species for more than 50 years. He prides himself on fishing more than 100 days a year on streams and dams in WA and taking trips to New Zealand to chase the prized freshwater species. Dave’s preferred method of fishing is fly fishing and he enjoys tying his own flies.