More local lakes stocked with trout

New stocks of brown trout and rainbow trout will be released into lakes at Creswick and Dean tomorrow.

Local MP and Agriculture Minister, Jaala Pulford, said dozens of lakes around Western Victoria would benefit from a fish re-stocking program over coming months.

Fisheries Victoria staff will tomorrow release 5,000 fish into St Georges Lake, Cosgrave Reservoir and Dean Reservoir tomorrow.

Ms Pulford said increased fish stocks in local waterways is 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.

“Improving fishing opportunities in waterways like St Georges Lake, Cosgrave Reservoir and Dean Reservoir 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.

“I’m pleased that St George Lake and Cosgrave Reservoir will get 1,000 rainbow and brown trout each, and Dean Reservoir gets 500 rainbow and 500 brown trout,” Ms Pulford said.

The Government’s program of restocking local lakes will continue until the end of July and also includes:

  • 200 rainbow trout for Quarry Street Reserve Lane in Trentham.
  • 200 rainbow trout for Jubilee Lake Daylesford.
  • 200 rainbow trout for Glenlyon Dam.
  • 200 rainbow trout for Calembeen Front Lake Creswick.