Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has today announced that Bannockburn Lagoon will receive 300 rainbow trout during the September school holidays as part of the Family Fishing Lakes program.
The Family Fishing Lakes program aims to improve fishing opportunities for newcomers by stocking lakes across Victoria with 26,000 rainbow trout that have been grown at Snobs Creek hatchery, near Eildon.
Rainbow trout provide beginner anglers with a better chance of catching a fish, and are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Target One Million plan to grow recreational fishing.
Recreational fishing contributes $2.3 billion to our social and economic well-being, making it a vital part of our economy, which is great for tourism, great for jobs and great for simply getting outdoors.
The Andrews Government’s Target One Million plan is the largest injection of funds into fisheries in 30 years and helps to grow recreational fishing in Victoria by encouraging families to get outdoors and enjoy fishing.
Anglers are reminded that a daily bag limit of five trout applies in Family Fishing Lakes, of which only two trout can exceed 35cm. For more information about fishing rules refer to the Recreational Fishing Guide, available free from tackle shops, online at
www.vic.gov.au/fisheries or by downloading the free ‘Vic Fishing’ smart phone
For a full list of waters stocked with trout for the holidays visit www.vic.gov.au/holidaytrout
Quotes attributable to the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP
“The Andrews Labor Government understands the importance of recreational fishing and is making the investments so more people can spend more time outdoors enjoying this great pastime.”
“These stockings of rainbow trout at Bannockburn Lagoon will be great for those new to fishing because they are relatively easy to catch and take a variety of baits and lures.”
“I’d encourage locals to give it a go and see how much fun fishing can be.”