Melbourne's Family Fishing Lakes stocked with "stonker" trout

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EIGHTEEN metropolitan Melbourne Family Fishing Lakes are being stocked with 500 "stonker" rainbow trout to bolster fish stocks.

Victorian Fisheries Authority CEO Travis Dowling said the trout weigh 4kg each and complement the large number of catchable size trout already stocked into fishing lakes.

The stockings are funded by fishing licence fees and the state’s $35 million Target One Million plan for recreational fishing.

Lakes being stocked this week and next are:

  • Albert Park Lake (60)
  • Lillydale Lake (45)
  • Emerald Lake (15)
  • Caulfield Racecourse Lake (30)
  • Don Lake (15)
  • Garfield Lake (10)
  • Lilliput Lane Reserve (10)
  • Pakenham Lake (30)
  • Casey Fields Lake (20)
  • Berwick Springs Estate Lake (20)
  • Roxburgh Park Lakes (10)
  • Yarrambat Lake (60)
  • Rowville Lakes (15)
  • Karkarook Lake (60)
  • Spavin Lake (30)
  • Navan Park Lake (15)
  • Darlingsford Lake (15)
  • Ferntree Gully Quarry (40)

A daily bag limit of 5 trout applies to Family Fishing Lakes, of which only 2 trout can exceed 35cm. For more information about catch limits visit www.vfa.vic.gov.au/fishingguide.

Fishing is currently a permitted activity within 5km of home or permitted work, with up to five people from a maximum of two households and for up to two hours per day, split into a maximum of two sessions. You must be able to keep 1.5m distance from others, no equipment should be shared and you must wear a fitted face mask at all times.

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