True Tales of the Trout Cod and other Australian Native Fish

Mitta Mitta River Catchment History

Mitta Mitta Catchment Map

Tambo Valley

This story appeared in the Omeo Standard, 2 December 1902

In the early days the rivers and creeks around Omeo were stocked with bream, cod and perch; the streams were so clear and limpid that the fish could be seen in hundreds, disporting themselves in the many huge waterholes, most of which have ceased to exist. Even in the Livingstone Creek, when it was a pretty green-banked stream, is a waterhole which existed just in front of the township, it is recorded that a 13lb cod was once caught, besides numbers of smaller weight.

But the advent of the miner changed all this; the streams were rendered turgid and muddy with hundreds of sluice boxes and cradles that were winning the gold from the wash, and the fish were naturally choked in their abundance by the muddy waters in which they had to live. From that time the fish have been decreasing until there are only a few left in the Mitta, the Morass and the upper waters of the Victoria, Cobungra and Wentworth rivers.

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