Families and children can look forward to casting a line these school holidays – with thousands of fish stocked into waters across north-east Victoria.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced almost 9,000 catchable sized rainbow trout have now been stocked into 20 lakes across the north.

The stockings have been funded by recreational fishing licence fees and form part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $35 million Go Fishing Victoria plan to get more people fishing, more often.

Rainbow trout are a great stocking option for children and beginners because they’re easy to catch and take a variety of baits and lures.

Stocked lakes also feature fishing platforms, bankside tracks and picnic areas – which create safe and convenient access for families to give fishing a go.

Stocked waters across north-east Victoria for these school holidays include:

  • Allans Flat Dredge Hole (750)
  • Anderson Lake (500)
  • Euroa Arboretum Dam (300)
  • Bartlett Lake (150)
  • Eildon Pondage Weir (1,000)
  • Felltimber Creek Wetlands (600)
  • Glenrowan Rec Reserve (600)
  • Longwood Golf Course Dam (300)
  • Les Stone Park Lake (300)
  • Marysville Lake (450)
  • Merriwa Park (200)
  • Mooroopna Recreation Reserve Lake (150)
  • Numurkah Lake (200)
  • Lake Sambell (450)
  • Shadforth Reserve Island Pond (200)
  • Stanley Ditch Dam (500)
  • Sumsion Gardens Lake (400)
  • Tronoh (Top) Harrietville Dredge Hole (400)
  • Upper Sandy Creek Dam (750)
  • Victoria Lake (750)

The stocked rainbow trout have been grown by the Victorian Fisheries Authority at the Snobs Creek hatchery near Eildon.

A daily bag limit of five trout applies in lakes, of which only two trout can exceed 35 centimeters.

A total of 35,000 catchable sized rainbow trout have been stocked into more than 70 waters state-wide. For the full list of state-wide waterways stocked for these school holidays visit:

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“Stocking our waters with rainbow trout provides the perfect opportunity for families and kids to get outdoors and try their luck casting a line these school holidays.”

“Rainbow trout are ideal for fishers of all ages and skill levels as they’re relatively easy to catch – making it a great day out on the water.”