Recreational fishers in Melbourne’s northeast were excited to see another stocking of rainbow trout into Yarrambat Lake today thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green joined local fishers and staff from the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) to release the 600 catchable-size rainbow trout, delivered from their Snobs Creek hatchery near Eildon.

The stocking is funded by recreational fishing licence fees and the Labor Government’s $35 million Target One Million plan to get more people fishing, more often in more places.

The 200-gram fish, plus a few much larger fish of several kilograms, will provide instant fishing opportunities for youngsters and those new to the popular pastime.

They complement the release of 1,500 rainbow trout into Yarrambat earlier this year for the June and September school holidays.

Rainbow trout are a fantastic species for inexperienced fishers because they’re easy to catch and take a variety of baits and lures. They also taste great, meaning families can take home a few for the dinner table.

The VFA stocks more than 50,000 catchable size trout into Family Fishing Lakes like Yarrambat every year to encourage newcomers to try fishing close to home in a safe and convenient location with family and friends.

Most of these waters are in metropolitan and rural centres and feature access platforms, walking tracks, picnic areas and other family-friendly facilities.

A daily bag limit of 5 trout applies to family fishing lakes, of which only 2 trout can exceed 35cm. 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 youngsters and families at Yarrambat Lake on the weekends, wetting a line together and enjoying time in the great outdoors away from screens and the distractions of modern-day life.”

“Target One Million is doing great things for recreational fishing in Victoria by stocking more fish than ever before, improving access and facilities, and getting more people fishing, more often.”