“As a result of more than a decade of drought, many lakes with high quality trout fisheries in central and south-west Victoria dried up, but when rains arrived in the spring of 2010, many of them filled rapidly and came back to life,” Agriculture and Food Security Minister, Peter Walsh said.
“Fisheries Victoria, together with recreational fishers, moved quickly to rapidly stock an extra 187,000 trout into 14 formerly drought-affected lakes and reservoirs.
“Since then the conditions have been ideal for those fish and their growth rates have been exceptional. As a result, trout fishing in some Victorian lakes and reservoirs at the moment is as good you will find in the iconic trout fishing destinations of Tasmania and New Zealand.”
Meanwhile, more than 62,000 ‘ready-to-catch’ rainbow trout were released by Fisheries Victoria into about 60 lakes across Victoria for the mid-year school holidays.
Sunbury’s Spavin Lake was stocked with 400 rainbow trout ahead of the school holidays. Sunbury Angling Club President and Club Marine National Claims Manager, Phillip Johnson said it was a welcome boost for fishing in the town.
“It was great; it got the kids out and about in the school holidays. There is a real incentive for them to go out there if they know fish are there to be caught and it gives them something else to do,” Johnson said.
For a full list of lakes and reservoirs stocked under the program, go to www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fish-stocking-reporting.
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