Chance for tiger trout to thrive
VICTORIAN Recreational Fish (VRFish), the peak body representing Victorian recreational fishers, last week discussed the potential of introducing the vibrant-patterned tiger trout into two Victorian locations including Rocky Valley Dam at Falls Creek.
A petition proposing a three-year trial of up to 15,000 tiger trout was put in by the other locations body, the Lake Purrumbete Angling Club
Tiger trout has a reputation as a fierce fighting fish and they are thought to be able to live longer and grow larger than other salmonids species already stocked in Rocky Valley Dam and Lake Purrumbete.
Australian Trout Foundation (ATF) president Terry George, who supports the trial, identified Rocky Valley Dam as a prime candidate for the stocking of tiger trout.
“Our wild brown trout in the lake do not grow very large so the addition of tiger trout would create a unique destination for Victorian trout anglers,” he said.
Tiger trout are a sterile hybrid created from a cross between a male brook trout and a
female brown trout that can currently only be caught by angler in Tasmania.
VRFish chairman Rob Loats said tiger trout would complement the variety of freshwater fishing opportunities and create further excitement for Victorian anglers.
“We are privileged to have a constant supply of innovative ideas championed by leaders in our fishing clubs who work tirelessly to make fishing better for everyone,” he said.
“Having a hand in every fish stocked in our waters is again reason to support a strong and independent recreational fishing peak body with our mission to make fishing better for everyone.”