Building Northern Native Fisheries

Your fishing licence fees at work

This project has improved fishing opportunities for native fish such as Murray cod and golden perch, through northern Victoria.

The three year project was funded by your recreational fishing licence fees and the State Government's $16 million Recreational Fishing Initiative.

Improving access

The project improved freshwater access, for boating anglers and those casting a line from the shore, within the Campaspe, Loddon and Gunbower systems.

Better boating access was implemented for these locations:

Fresh Water River
  • Serpentine Bridge (Loddon River)
  • Koondrook Track (Gunbower Creek)
  • Spences Bridge (Gunbower Creek)
  • Caeli Bridge (Murray River)
  • Fish Point Bridge (Little Murray River)
  • Brooks Lane (Murray River)
  • Box Creek Bridge (Kow Swamp)

Fish stocking

Existing populations of native fish were boosted by releasing more than 1.2 million extra Murray cod (MC) and golden perch (GP) fingerlings over three years.

 

Current annual stocking

Extra stocking

 2012 2013 2014
Campaspe River
Axedale to Elmore Weir40,000 GP
10,000 MC
40,000 GP
10,000 MC
40,000 GP
10,000 MC
40,000 GP
10,000 MC
Rochester10,000 MC10,000 MC10,000 MC10,000 MC
Gunbower Creek
Gunbower to Cohuna20,000 MC60,000 MC60,000 MC60,000 MC
Kow Swamp 30,000 GP30,000 GP
100,000 MC
30,000 GP
100,000 MC
30,000 GP
Loddon River
Newbridge7,500 GP7,500 GP7,500 GP7,500 GP
Bridgewater Weir10,000 GP
15,000 MC
10,000 GP
15,000 MC
10,000 GP
15,000 MC
10,000 GP
15,000 MC
Below Bridgewater10,000 GP
5,000 MC
10,000 GP
5,000 MC
10,000 GP
5,000 MC
10,000 GP
5,000 MC
Serpentine7,500 GP
5,000 MC
7,500 GP
5,000 MC
7,500 GP
5,000 MC
7,500 GP
5,000 MC
Fernihurst10,000 GP
7,000 MC
10,000 GP
7,000 MC
10,000 GP
7,000 MC
10,000 GP
7,000 MC
Kerang5,000 GP
3,000 MC
5,000 GP
3,000 MC
5,000 GP
3,000 MC
5,000 GP
3,000 MC
Lake Eppalock 70,000 GP
20,000 MC
*130,000 GP130,000 GP
Total 275,000 335,000 465,000 465,000

Notes:

* Lake Eppalock was added to the scope of the project in 2013 and thus did not receive extra native fish in 2012.