Australian Bass stocking program

Bass Stocking

Australian bass are a native fish that inhabit the coastal flowing streams of Gippsland, east of Wilsons Promontory.

They are also found in New South Wales and southern Queensland rivers that flow to the sea. Both of those states have been very successful in creating new recreational fisheries by stocking bass into lakes and impoundments.

In Victoria, wild riverine populations of bass have declined, mostly because fish barriers have inhibited spawning migrations and the upstream return of juveniles. Fish barriers are being removed where possible, and fish ladders installed in other situations, however there remains an opportunity to boost remnant wild bass populations by stocking hatchery reared fish.

Stocking bass into Gippsland waters is relatively new. Some production and stocking occurred in 2002/03, but of a limited magnitude. After several years of attempting to secure reliable hatchery production in Victoria between 2004-08, more success came by working with existing private bass hatcheries in NSW.

Fingerlings are purchased each summer and released into waters agreed to by fisheries managers, anglers and water managers.

Gippsland stocking history

The table below indicates the number of fingerling bass released. On average these fish weigh about 1 gram each and measure 2-3cm.

Location 2002 & 2003 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Total
Avon River - - 15,000 3,000 3,000 3,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 39,000
Blue Rock Lake 25,200
10,000
30,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 210,200
Thomson River, Cowarr Weir - - 11,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 5,000 2,000 2,000 26,000
Thomson River, (ds Cowarr Weir)





2,000 5,000 5,000 12,000
Rainbow Creek





2,000 2,000 2,000 6,000
Glenmaggie Lake 29,250
15,000
22,000 22,270 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 148,520
Macalister River (below Glenmaggie) -
2,350
- 4,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 4,000 4,000 4,000 24,350
Macalister River (from  Lake Glenmaggie to Licola)





5,000 5,000 5,000 15,000
Mitchell River -
-
- 15,000 5,000 5,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 7,000 62,000
Narracan Lake -
-
- 20,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 80,000
Wonnangatta River





8,000 0 3,000 11,000
Freestone Creek





1,000 2,000 3,000 6,000
Valencia Creek





4,000 3,000 3,000 10,000
Guthridge Lake (Sale)





1,000 1,000 1,000 3,000
Nicholson River -
-
- - - 35,000 10,000 10,000 8,000
63,000
Tambo River -
-
- - - - 10,000 10,000 8,000 20,000 48,000
Hospital Creek






3,000
3,000
Timbarra River






10,000 10,000 20,000
Traralgon Creek (Downies Lane to La Trobe River)





3,000 2,000 2,000 7,000
Tyers River





5,000 5,000 5,000 1,000
Total 54,450
27,350
52,000 102,270 47,000 82,000 82,000 120,000 120,000 122,000 795,070