More local lakes stocked with trout
New stocks of rainbow and brown trout have been released into lakes across the Western District.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, said dozens of lakes around Western Victoria have already benefited from the Government’s fish re-stocking program including ;
- 2,000 brown trout in Konong Wootong Reservoir Coleraine.
- 2,000 rainbow trout in Konong Wootong Reservoir Coleraine.
- 2,000 brown trout in Hamilton Lake.
- 3,000 rainbow trout in Hamilton Lake.
- 2,500 brown trout in Rocklands Reservoir Balmoral.
- 2,500 rainbow trout in Rocklands Reservoir Balmoral.
Ms Pulford said later this month, even more trout will be released into Ess Lagoon, Old Hamilton Reservoir, Coleraine Lagoon and Dunkeld Arboretum.
“Increased fish stocks are a key part of the Labor Government’s Target One Million plan for recreational fishing, which aims to grow participation to one million anglers by 2020,” she said.
“Improving fishing opportunities in places like Hamilton, Coleraine and Balmoral is a great way to attract newcomers to fishing and grow participation in regional communities,” Ms Pulford said.
“Our Target One Million plan for recreational fishing has also helped fishing clubs attract new members and improve facilities, established a marine stocking program with estuary perch and mulloway, and is ending commercial net fishing in Port Phillip Bay,” she said.
“Fishing is such an important recreational activity for many Victorians and I would much rather see kids casting a line that sitting at home on an I-pad,” Ms Pulford said.
“As the Minister responsible, I’m determined that we do our bit to make sure fishing is a fun, safe and rewarding activity for Victorians of all ages,” she said.