There will be more than 5000 new fish swimming in Camden's waters this week - but fishers will have to wait just a little longer before they can catch them.
Several Camden lakes were selected in the government's annual Freshwater Fish Stocking Plan to receive Australian bass fingerlings this week.
Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves visited Harrington Park Lake on Tuesday to witness 1000 of the little swimmers get released into the water.
"The Australian bass is an iconic fish species and it is a pleasure to see its numbers boosted in the Camden area," he said.
"While these ones might be small now, they can grow up to 65 centimetres long and weigh in at four kilograms, and I am sure our local anglers would be happy with a catch like that."
In addition to the Harrington Park release, Springs Lake in Spring Farm is receiving 2000 fingerlings, while Mount Annan's The Cascades, Lake Annan and Lake Yandelora will get 500, 1000 and 1000 fingerlings respectively.
"The Department of Primary Industries chose [these locations] because the expert team deemed them to be among the best waterways in NSW to see these fingerlings flourish," Mr Sidgreaves said.
"The DPI does an excellent job in making sure our state's recreational fishers have the chance to do what they love be breeding and releasing such mammoth numbers of fish stocks.
"While it was Australian bass being released this time, the Freshwater Fish Stocking Plan also sees Murray cod, golden perch and other species stocked into rivers, lakes and dams across the state."
Mr Sidgreaves said the fish came from the government's hatcheries, and the program was designed as the recreation fishing community plays a critical role in conservation, tourism and the economy.
More than 50,000 fingerlings will be released in NSW waterways this week.
"Fishos should keep an eye out, because this is the first and certainly won't be the last stocking event the NSW Government does this season."
Check out an interactive map on the DPI website.