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Tiger trout for Vic lakes

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Tiger trout (image: Mr Freshwater via Facebook). 

TIGER trout — a hybrid fish bred from a female brown trout and a male brook trout from North America — is set to be released into Victorian waters for the first time.

According to an article in The Weekly Times, VRFish plans to introduce the vibrant-patterned trout, which can grow up to 10 kg, into Lake Purrumbete, near Camperdown, and Rocky Valley Lake near Falls Creek.

Lake Purrumbete Angling Club secretary Stephen Hill said 5000 trout would be introduced into the lake next year, with another 10,000 ­released over the following two years.

“Tiger trout have reputation as a fierce fighting fish and we expect them to live longer and grow larger than our other salmonids species already stocked into Lake Purrumbete,” he said.

Currently, the only place in Australia anglers can catch a tiger trout is Tasmania.

VRFish chairman Rob Loats predicted boom times ahead for the Camperdown district.

“It will be the only place in Australia where you will be able to catch tiger, brown and rainbow trout, redfin and chinook salmon in the one location,” he said.

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