Victoria to restock drought-affected waterways after recent rains

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FISH stocking trucks will hit the road in coming weeks to deliver tens of thousands of yearling trout to Victorian lakes that have filled with recent spring rainfall.

Executive director of Fisheries Victoria, Travis Dowling, said several iconic lakes had filled and others were on a watch-list to be stocked pending further rain forecast in October.

“We stocked a record 3 million fish last season, with help from fishing licence fees, and will improve on that during the next 12 months, including in the short term before Christmas by quickly responding to these improved conditions,” Dowling said.

“Our drought recovery fish stocking plans were refined this week with help from keen anglers at a Ballarat workshop, which brought together the cream of the crop for local advice on waterways.”

Mr Dowling said trout would be sourced from our hatchery at Snobs Creek, while others would be purchased from private hatcheries still holding “late season” stock.

“Our watch list of waters that could be stocked if water levels continue to improve includes lakes Murdeduke, Learmonth, Natimuk, Modewarre, Colac and Pine.

“Additional stocking of Lake Toolondo occurred earlier this week too, with the release of 5,000 rainbows and 2,000 browns, with more brown trout fingerlings to be stocked before December.”

Click here to see the total stockings for each waterway.

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