School holiday trout stocking

Ahead of the school holidays, 'ready-to-catch' rainbow trout are stocked into lakes around Melbourne and regional centres.

Fish stocking is funded by recreational fishing licence fees and the State Government's $35 million Go Fishing Victoria plan to get more people fishing, more often.

The rainbow trout stocked are advanced yearlings and are 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.

This stocking program aims to encourage families to go fishing, particularly during school holidays.

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

School holiday family fishing waters

Water1st Term Holidays (April)2nd Term Holidays (June/July)3rd Term Holidays (Sept)Gone Fishing Day (14 Oct)
StockedStockedStockedPredicted
Albert Park Lake0150015000
Alexandra Lake (Ararat)03003000
Allans Flat Dredge Hole0750750500
Anderson Lake (Chiltern)0500  500 0
Arboretum Dam (Euroa)03003000
Bannockburn Lagoon (Bannockburn)03003000
Bartlett Lake (Tatura)01501500
Berwick Springs Estate Lake07507500
Calembeen Lake (Creswick)02502000
Casey Fields Lake (Cranbourne)0750750750
Cato Lake (Stawell)03003000
Caulfield Racecourse Lake03003000
Cobden Lake (Cobden)04503000
Coleraine Lagoon (Coleraine)03000*0
Crusoe Reservoir (Bendigo)04504500
Don Lake (Healesville)04004000
Dunkeld Arboretum (Dunkeld)02002000
Eildon Pondage Weir (Eildon)Will receive a total of 14,000 ready-to-catch trout over the year

1000 (Will receive a total of 14,000 ready-to-catch trout over the year)

Will receive a total of 14,000 ready-to-catch trout over the year

Will receive a total of 14,000 ready-to-catch trout over the year

Emerald Lake05005000
Esmond Lake (Ballarat)02502500
Ess Lagoon (Casterton)0150*5250
Felltimber Creek Wetlands (Wodonga)06006000
Ferntree Gully Quarry04504500
Foletti Caravan Park Lake (Donald)05503500
Forest Lake (Kangaroo Flat)02002000
Garfield Lake (Garfield)02502500
Glenlyon Dam (Glenlyon, Victoria)03502000
Glenrowan Recreational Reserve Lake06006000
Goldfields Reservoir (St Arnaud)0200***00
Golf Course Dam (Longwood)0150*3000
Great Western Racing Recreation Reserve Lake (Great Western)002000
Guthridge Lake (Sale)00**2500
Haddon Reservoir (Haddon)02002000
Hanging Rock Lake (Woodend)03503500
Heyfield Racecourse Lake (Heyfield)00**3000
Hyland Lake (Churchill)00**800800
Jack Emmett Lagoon (Rupanyup)003500
Jubilee Lake (Daylesford)0200***2000
Jubilee Lake (Skipton)02002000
Karkarook Lake (Moorabbin)02000 20002000
Kennington Reservoir (Strathdale)05005000
Les Stone Park Lake (Wodonga)0300 3000
Lethbridge Lake (Lethbridge)03003000
Lilliput Lane Reserve (Pakenham)01001000
Lillydale Lake (Lilydale)0100010000
Lismore Golf Club Dam02002000
Marma Lake (Murtoa)03503500
Marysville Lake (Marysville)4504504500
Merriwa Park Lake (Wangaratta)00*2000
Minyip Wetlands (Minyip)002000
Mooroopna Recreation Reserve Lake (Mooroopna)01501500
Morwell/Kernot Lake (Morwell)0****0****0****0****
Mount Beauty Pondage 20020000
Navan Park Lake (Melton)0600600 
Neangar Lake (Eaglehawk)03003000
Nhill Lake (Nhill)002000
Numurkah Lake00*00
Nursery Reservoir (Macedon)05000 0
Ouyen Lake (Ouyen)050000
Old Hamilton Reservoir (Hamilton)05502000
Pakenham Lake (Pakenham)07508500
Pertobe Lake (Warrnambool)04504500
Police Paddock Dams (Horsham)04502000
Quarry Street Reserve Lake (Trentham)020000
Rokewood Reservoir02002000
Rowville Lakes0550 (400 into Sutton Lake, 150 into Hill Lake)550 (400 into Sutton Lake, 150 into Hill Lake)0
Roxburgh Park Lakes (McIvor Lake, Roxburgh Park)04754000
Saint Augustine's Water Hole (Geelong)07507500
Sambell Lake (Beechworth)010504500
Simpson Recreation Reserve Lakes (Simpson)0150*3000
Spavin Lake (Sunbury)06006000
Stanley Ditch Dam (Stanley)05005000
St George's Dam (Stawell)01001000
Sumsion Gardens Lake (Wodonga)04004000
Tchum Lake (Birchip)0100010000
Tea Tree Lake (Mortlake)03003000
The Gong (Buninyong)02002000
Tom Thumb Lake (Eaglehawk)020000
Tronoh Dredge Hole (Harrietville)0400***4000
Upper Sandy Creek Dam (Sandy Creek)07507500
Victoria Lake (Shepparton)07507500
Victoria Lakes (Ballarat)05005000
Walter J Smith Reserve (Riddells Creek)02002000
Yarrambat Lake (Yarrambat)010001000600

*No stocking/less trout stocked due to poor water quality/low water levels.

**Stocking postponed due to Gippsland floods, waiting until conditions are suitable.

***Will be stocked in the first week of the June/July school holidays.

**** Morwell Lake cannot be stocked due to water contamination. Contact the EPA for more information