Goulburn Fishing Festival 2022

River trout season will officially open Saturday 3 September, and where better to celebrate than at Eildon!

The Goulburn River and Eildon Pondage will share in 2,000 massive ‘stonker’ rainbow trout up to 5kg, to be stocked at numerous sites for trout opening. They’ll have a combined weight of 7 tonnes, guaranteed to create lifelong memories for lots of fishers and their families.

Important information

When: Saturday 3 September 2022

Where: Eildon Community Centre

Time: 9 am - 3 pm


  • Try your luck at catching a trophy trout at one or more spots on this year's stonker trout trail
  • Help our Fisheries team stock the pondage with trout
  • Kids fishing classes on Eildon Pondage, bait and tackle provided - REGISTER HERE
  • Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Snobs Creek hatchery hourly from 9 am - REGISTER HERE
  • Meet and chat to our Fisheries Officers and leaders from the Women in Recreational Fishing network
  • Activities for the kids, DIY lure making, games run by education team, petting zoo and balloon tying
  • Prize draws

Stonker trout trail

  1. Molesworth Caravan Park
  2. Alexandra Bridge
  3. Breakaway Bridge
  4. McMartins Lane
  5. Gilmore's Bridge
  6. Thornton Beach River Reserve - Back Eildon Road
  7. Eildon Waters
  8. Walnuts River Reserve
  9. Point Hill Reserve Boat Ramp
  10. Blue Gums
  11. Eildon Pondage

Check out the stonker map

The 2022 trout and salmonid season in rivers and streams opens Saturday 3 September. Lake Eildon and the Eildon Pondage are open to trout fishing year-round.