HOLIDAY TROUT BOOST FOR YARRAMBAT LAKE

Yarrambat Lake, in Melbourne’s north east, has received another 500 rainbow trout today to boost fishing opportunities for children during the school holidays.

Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green, said the rainbow trout were grown at the Victorian Fisheries Authority’s Snobs Creek hatchery and released at a catchable size.

The lake had already received 500 rainbow trout for the first week of the school holidays, so this second delivery provides more opportunities for kids to get outdoors in the second week – taking the total to 1,000 fish.

These fish are part of a stocking bonanza for the school holidays whereby more than 32,000 rainbow trout have been stocked into almost 80 waters across Victoria, thanks to recreational fishing licence fees and the State Government’s $35 million Target One Million plan to get more people fishing more often.

Rainbow trout are a great species for inexperienced fishers and those new to the popular pastime because they’re easy to catch and take a wide range of baits and lures. They also taste great on the dinner plate!

Most of the stocked Family Fishing Lakes like Yarrambat feature good access with fishing platforms, walking tracks, picnic areas and other family-friendly facilities, creating a safe and convenient environment for people to wet a line.

Best of all, a boat is not required for success so everyone’s in with a chance.

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 get hold of the 2019 Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide, available free from most tackle shops, online at www.vfa.vic.gov.au/fishingguide or by downloading the free ‘Vic Fishing’ app.

For the full state-wide list of stocked waters visit www.vfa.vic.gov.au/holidaytrout

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“It’s great to see families getting outside and active during the school holidays by wetting a line together in the great outdoors.”

“Beginners can catch a new hobby at Yarrambat Lake thanks to our stockings of rainbow trout in the July and September school breaks.”

“Our Target One Million plan for recreational fishing is ensuring the next generation have even better fishing opportunities than us, with more fish to catch in more places.”