Stonker rainbows released for metro family fun

05 October 2020

Eighteen Metropolitan Family Fishing Lakes are currently being stocked with 500 ‘stonker’ rainbow trout to bolster recreational fishing fun with some big catches.

Victorian Fisheries Authority CEO Travis Dowling said the trout weigh 4kg each and complement the large number of catchable size trout already stocked into Family Fishing Lakes.

The stockings are funded by fishing licence fees and the State Government’s $35 million Target One Million plan for recreational fishing.

Metropolitan Family Fishing Lakes boast good access with waterside platforms, walking tracks, picnic areas and other facilities, creating a wonderful environment for people to get some fresh air whilst wetting a line.

Stonker releases started this week and will be completed by Wednesday, October 14.

Rainbow trout are perfect for those new to fishing because they’re easy to catch and taste great on the plate. Metropolitan Family Fishing Lakes being stocked this week and next are:

  • Albert Park Lake (60)
  • Lillydale Lake (45)
  • Emerald Lake (15)
  • Caulfield Racecourse Lake (30)
  • Don Lake (15)
  • Garfield Lake (10)
  • Lilliput Lane Reserve (10)
  • Pakenham Lake (30)
  • Casey Fields Lake (20)
  • Berwick Springs Estate Lake (20)
  • Roxburgh Park Lakes (10)
  • Yarrambat Lake (60)
  • Rowville Lakes (15)
  • Karkarook Lake (60)
  • Spavin Lake (30)
  • Navan Park Lake (15)
  • Darlingsford Lake (15)
  • Ferntree Gully Quarry (40)

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 visit or download the free ‘Vic Fishing’ app for smartphones.

Under the Second Step of Metropolitan Melbourne’s roadmap to easing restrictions, fishing is a permitted activity within 5km of home or permitted work, with up to five people from a maximum of two households and for up to two hours per day, split into a maximum of two sessions. You must be able to keep 1.5m distance from others, no equipment should be shared and you must wear a fitted face mask at all times.

For the metropolitan list of ‘stonker’ stocked waters, dates and release schedule visit

Media contact: Amelia Crafter 0437 801 068