SIX hundred rainbow trout have been released in Yarrambat Lake, just in time for some family fishing fun for the school holidays.
Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green and Victorian Fisheries Authority fish stocking coordinator Mick Marshall released the trout into the lake last week as part of the government’s fish re-stocking program.
Ms Green said increased fish stocks in places like Yarrambat Lake is a key part of the state government’s ‘Target One Million’ plan for recreational fishing, which aims to grow participation to one million anglers by 2020.
“Improving fishing opportunities in waterways like Yarrambat Lake is a great way to attract newcomers to fishing,” Ms Green said.
“Our government’s Target One Million plan for recreational fishing has also helped fishing clubs attract new members and improve facilities, established a marine stocking program with estuary perch and mulloway, and is ending commercial net fishing in Port Phillip Bay,” she said.
More than 26,000 fish have been released into family friendly waters across this state. Mr Mashall said the the rainbow trout released into Yarrambat Lake weigh in at 230grams which means they are an easy and catchable size for children.
“The Victorian Fisheries Authority is encouraging kids to get out, get active and catch a few fish,” Mr Marshall said.
“Fishing is great fun. These fish are ready to catch so community members can come down and catch them straight away. The fish are also relatively easy to catch; they can be caught with a worm or a lure.”