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Inaugaural Aussie Bass stocking for Latrobe River

by Victorian Fisheries Authority 17 Dec 2020 09:48 UTC

The Latrobe River has been stocked with Australian bass for the first time receiving 20,000 fingerlings as part of a plan to further improve freshwater fishing in Gippsland.

Victorian Fisheries Authority CEO, Travis Dowling, said Australian bass are a highly regarded recreational sportfish, native to Gippsland and Australia's east coast.

"Our statewide fish stocking program is funded by recreational fishing licence fees and the State Government's $35 million Target One Million plan to get more people fishing, more often, in more places," Mr Dowling said.

"The stocking of the Latrobe River is part of a broader program in which 20 lakes and rivers have shared in 327,500 bass fingerlings over the last few weeks.

"Lake Glenmaggie received 37,000 bass this season. The lake was amongst the first Victorian waters to be stocked with bass many years ago and, like Blue Rock Lake, now boasts some large bass well over 1kg."

Stocked waters this season were:

  • Avon River - 5,000
  • Blue Rock Lake - 55,000
  • Bullen Merri Lake - 5,000
  • Cann River - 35,500
  • Cowwar Weir - 2,000
  • Ferntree Gully Quarry - 1,000
  • Guthridge Lake - 5,000
  • Glenmaggie Lake - 37,000
  • Hyland Lake - 1,000
  • Latrobe River - 20,000
  • Macalister River - 22,000
  • Mitchell River - 60,000
  • Narracan Lake - 5,000
  • Rainbow Creek - 1,000
  • Snowy River - 50,000
  • Tambo River - 5,000
  • Thomson River - 5,000
  • Timbarra River - 10,000
  • Tyers River - 2,000
  • Valencia Creek - 1,000
Most of these bass stockings also deliver on a key element of the Gippsland Lakes Recreational Fishery Plan, which aims to restore the Lakes to a recreational fishing mecca in the years ahead by stocking, improving fish habitat and reviewing bag and size limits.

For more information about stocking in Victoria, including trout and native fish such as Murray cod and golden perch, visit vfa.vic.gov.au/recreational-fishing/fish-stocking

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