True Tales of the Trout Cod and other Australian Native Fish

Ovens River Catchment History

Ovens River Catchment

This story appeared in the Argus, 25 January 1871

The buckets (of a water wheel) are rather deep, and as the fish endeavour to make up the river, they get into them as they pass, evidently to escape the force of the down current, and are thus lifted and emptied with the water into the flume.

Large and small keep constantly turning up, and of all kinds, but they generally come in shoals, and we ourselves witnessed in half an hour some two dozen fish, chiefly bream, weighing from a few ounces to three and four pounds each. The small ones are of course returned to the river, but believe at least a hundred weight of saleable fish in the 24 hours is the rule and not the exception.

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