Numbers of trout probed
I WRITE in response to the letter ( Mansfield Courier, February 19) from Brian Chambers regarding trout fishing in Delatite River.
In response to concerns being raised with me and Fisheries Victoria by recreational fishers about trout fishing in North East trout waters, Fisheries Victoria has engaged the services of researchers at the Arthur Rylah Institute to survey trout populations in local rivers this summer.
The fish population surveys have been finalised and the results are currently being analysed and compared to previous survey results.
A number of North East trout rivers have now been surveyed and results can be broadly applied to other rivers.
Sample sites were two sites in the King River (below Lake William Hovell), two sites in the upper King River (above Pineapple Flat), one site in the Goulburn River (near Kevington), two sites in the upper Goulburn (between Kevington and Woods Point), one site in the lower Jamieson River, two sites in the upper Jamieson, one site in the lower Howqua and two sites in the upper Howqua.
Depending on the results, options could include improving instream habitats, further research and monitoring of fish populations and water temperatures or investigating the case for limited stocking.