Benalla Ensign

Families urged to wet a line

- By Simon Ruppert

Families across north-east Victoria can reel in a new hobby thanks to the stocking of more than 8000 catchable-size rainbow trout into 16 lakes across the region and 2000 stonkers into the Goulburn River.

The stockings across northeast Victoria are among 32,000 of fish going into more than 80 lakes across the state.

State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the stockings were part of a Victorian Fisheries Authority goal to stock 10 million fish this year — funded by recreation­al fishing licence fees and Go Fishing Victoria, a $35 million state government plan to get more people fishing, more often.

“Regional families (have) a great opportunit­y to re-explore Victoria’s north, and our ongoing investment into fish restocking provides a fun activity for all keen anglers, no matter their experience,” Ms Symes said.

Family fishing lakes boast access to waterside platforms, walking tracks, picnic areas and other facilities, creating an excellent environmen­t for keen anglers while wetting a line.

Rainbow trout are perfect for kids or anyone new to fishing because they are easy to catch and take a range of bait, such as worms and Powerbait, and lures.

The trout were grown by the Victorian Fisheries Authority team at their Snobs Creek hatchery, near Eildon.

Stocked waterways include Glenrowan Recreation­al Reserve Lake; Barlett Lake; Mooroopna Recreation­al Reserve Lake and Victoria

Lake; Arboretum Dam and Longwood Golf Course Dam; Eildon Pondage; and Allans Flat Dredge Hole.

While 2000 stonkers weighing between four to five kilos have been stocked in the Goulburn River between Eildon and Molesworth.

A daily bag limit of five trout applies to family fishing lakes, of which only two trout can exceed 35cm.

● For the complete list of stocked regional Victoria waters these holidays, visit www.vfa.vic.gov.au/ holidaytro­ut

 ?? ?? Get hooked: Families across the north east are encouraged to give fishing a try after lakes across the region were stocked with rainbow trout.
Get hooked: Families across the north east are encouraged to give fishing a try after lakes across the region were stocked with rainbow trout.

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