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Setting a new Trout stocking record in Victoria

by Tom Whitty 2 Jan 04:25 UTC
Better trout fishing on the way for Victoria © Fisheries Victoria

Recreational anglers in Victoria are celebrating the release of more than a million trout in 2017 – a new record that will substantially improve freshwater fishing opportunities for keen anglers and their families.

Increasing fish stocking is a cornerstone of the Andrews Labor Government's Target One Million plan, which aims to grow participation in the popular pastime to one million anglers by 2020.

Nearly 140 waters throughout the state shared in the stocking milestone including:

Lake Toolondo - 16,800

Barkers Creek Reservoir - 8,000

Blue Rock Lake - 27,250

Lake Eppalock - 166,000

Lake Bullen Merri - 14,900

Cairn Curran Reservoir - 27,000

Devilbend Reservoir - 15,000

Lake Eildon - 83,000

Lake Fyans - 20,000

Lake Burrumbeet - 15,000

Green Hill Lake - 4,000

Lake Hume - 69,000

Hepburn Lagoon - 10,000

Lake Wendouree - 28,750

Lake Purrumbete - 32,500

Hopkins River - 6,000

Tullaroop Reservoir - 53,000

Most of these fish were yearling brown trout, rainbow trout and Chinook salmon grown at the Victorian Fisheries Authority's Snobs Creek hatchery, which has enjoyed record investment to upgrade facilities and production capacity courtesy of fishing licence fees and the Target One Million plan.

The release of native fish has already begun this summer season with Australian bass, estuary perch and Murray cod, then golden perch.

More than four million native fish will be stocked this summer, which when combined with 2017's one million trout will deliver on Target One Million's commitment to stock five million fish.

For the full list of waters stocked this year visit or check out the new stocking database for all fish releases at

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford

"2017 has seen fish stocking records tumble for recreational anglers across Victoria and there remains even more to look forward to."

"From historic Lake Tooolondo in our far west, right up to our north east – we aren't leaving any angler dry on their quest to reel in a catch."

"The enormous leap in trout production at Snobs Creek is a credit to dedicated Fisheries staff who are committed to growing, transporting and releasing fish that make a real difference for anglers."

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