As a teenager I fished in Lake Sambell. We caught numerous small cod in the lake fishing with worms and wood grubs. The lake used to supply water to the tannery on the other side of town. There was a tunnel under the town that drew down the water. About 1960 the creek was diverted into the lake, to keep it full. It was about then that the small cod disappeared.
– Lance Jervis, 2006.
Fishing in the Ovens
The Argus, 25 January 1871
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