Hooked on fishing

July 20, 2017

The Victorian Fisheries Authority recently stocked Lake Bartlett with 100 ready-to-catch rainbow trout.

Lake Bartlett provided families with some holiday fishing entertainment after 100 trout were released into the waterway ahead of the school holidays.

The ready-to-catch rainbow trout were stocked as part of the state government and Victorian Fisheries Authority’s school holiday stocking program.

According to a fisheries spokesperson, the rainbow trout stocked were advanced yearlings and were suitable to be caught immediately.

‘‘Rainbow trout are a good option for children or those trying fishing for the first time, because they are relatively easy to catch and take a variety of baits and lures,’’ they said.

The program comes as the Victorian Government set a new fish-stocking record during the past 12 months, releasing almost four million fish across the state to improve angling opportunities.

These fish were released into more than 250 lakes and rivers across the state, including 50000 rainbow trout into 80 family fishing lakes like Lake Bartlett.

Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford said the program, put simply, was a win-win.

‘‘Stocking improves fishing opportunities in lakes and rivers, increases catch rates for anglers and helps attract visitors to regional centres that depend on tourism,’’ Ms Pulford said.

‘‘Recreational fishing is a wonderful pastime that brings families and friends together in beautiful places, often away from the stresses of daily life and work routines, which is good for relationships and good for mental health.’’

The lake will be stocked with another 100 rainbow trout in the lead up to the Term Three school holidays in September.

Anglers are reminded that a daily bag limit of five trout applies, of which only two can exceed 35cm.

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