Chance for tiger trout to thrive

Myrtleford Times - - News -

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.”

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