Native Fish Releases 2010

Note Number: FN0611
Published: May 2010
Updated:

This Agnote provides information on the 2010 native fish stockings in Victoria.

Victorian Fish Stocking Program

Fisheries Victoria's native and salmonid fish stocking program is designed to enhance recreational fishing opportunities for anglers. Annual stocking plans are developed utilising information provided at Victorian Fish Stocking meetings (Vic Fish Stock). Fisheries Victoria recognises the importance of the participation of stakeholders in this process. The meetings use input from recreational fishing representatives, resource managers such as the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Catchment Management Authorities, Water Corporations and Fisheries Victoria staff to develop the current year's stocking plan.

The development of the stocking program takes into account the performance of the various fisheries, the existing stocking program, results of stock assessment, angler and creel surveys, prevailing environmental conditions, impacts of land and water management regimes and other issues that may impact on the fishery. Requests by stakeholders to vary current stocking programs are also considered.

Fisheries Victoria is committed to enhancing recreational fishing opportunities by a 30% increase in fish stocking between 2006-2010 as part of the $13.5 million Enhanced Recreational Fishing Program. The increase includes salmonid and native fish species into freshwater systems throughout the State. In 2010, Fisheries Victoria stocked almost 1.7 million native fish into Victorian waters, including 434,140 Murray cod and over 1 million golden perch.

Fisheries Victoria has exceeded this commitment to increase fish stocking by 30 per cent over four years. Almost 2 million trout and native fish were stocked into Victorian waters over a 12 month period for the 2009 salmonid and 2010 native stocking seasons. This is in excess of the commitment to increase stocking to 1.5 million by 2010.

Stocking Plans may be subject to 'last minute' variation due to natural factors i.e. flood, fire, low water level or quality, algal blooms or manmade impacts such as major works on storages.

Ongoing drought conditions have implicated some scheduled releases with cancellations or modifications to stockings. Where possible; recreational fishing representatives were consulted prior to variations.

2010 Native Stockings - total numbers


Murray cod Golden perch Trout cod Australian bass Silver perch Macquarie perch
Fry (0.5 to 5g) 430,690 1,162,800 7,000 52,000 31,000 3,550
Yearlings (150 to 200g) 3,500 200 Nil Nil Nil Nil
Total 434,190 1,163,000 7,000 52,000 31,000 3,500

Total number of native fish stocked = 1,690,690

2010 Native Stockings – by waters

Charm Lake Jan
Feb
50,000
6,000
18,370


25,000
27,000
22,850
3,720

Water stocked Month 2010 Fish size (g) Murray cod Golden perch Trout cod Australian
bass
Silver perch Macquarie perch
Allans Flat Dredge Hole (Near Yackandandah) Mar 1.0
1,500



Amaroo Lake (Part of Kialla Lakes Shepparton) Mar 1.0
500



Avoca River (Charlton to Nattie Yallock) Feb
Feb
Mar
0.94
0.6
1.0
6,000
4,000
18,000



Bartlett Lake (Tatura) Mar 1.0
1,000



Bealiba Reservoir Mar 1.0
2,000



Blue Rock Lake Jan 0.8


30,000

Broken Creek (Dip Bridge & Nathalia) Mar 1.0
20,000



Broken River (Downstream of Benalla) Mar 1.0
20,000



Buffalo Lake Mar 2.0
10,000



Cairn Curran Reservoir Jan
Mar
1.0
1.0
10,000   20,000



Campaspe River (Rochester & Elmore to Axedale) Feb
Feb
Mar
1.3
0.6
0.85
18,500
1,500
  40,000





180
1.3
500
5,000




Corryong Creek Apr 2.5 2,500




Craigmuir Lake (Mooroopna) Mar 1.0
1,000



Crusoe Reservoir (Bendigo) Mar 1.0
3,000



Cudgewa Creek Jan 0.94 5,000




Cullulleraine Lake Jan
Mar
0.8
1.3
10,000   10,000



Eildon Lake Dec 09
Jan
Feb
Feb
Feb
Mar
Mar
Mar
Apr
1.0
0.8
0.6
1.8
1.0
3.3
1.1
2.8
2.8



100,000
100,000





Water stocked Month 2010 Fish size (g) Murray cod Golden perch Trout cod Australian
bass
Silver perch Macquarie perch
Eldorado Dredge Hole Mar 1.0
500



Eppalock Lake Jan
Mar
0.8
1.0
20,000
70,000




Expedition Pass Reservoir Feb
Mar
2.0
2.0





2,800
500
Glenmaggie Lake Jan
Jan
0.8
0.8



20,000
2,000


Goldfields Reservoir (Maryborough) Mar 1.0
2,000



Goulburn River (Below Shepparton) (Above Shepparton) Dec 09
Mar
Mar
Dec 09
Mar
0.8
2.3
1.3
0.8
2.3
25,000

25,000

4,700
5,300 10,000




Green Lake (Sea Lake) Mar 1.0
12,500        
Greens Lake (Corop) Jan
Mar
0.94
1.0
10,000
20,000




Gunbower Creek (Cohuna to Gunbower) Jan 0.8 20,000




Harrietville Dredge Hole Jan
Mar
0.94
1.0
200
500




Hollands Creek (Tatong) Feb 2.0




250
Hume Lake Jan
Feb
1.0
0.9

100,000
50,000




Inglewood Reservoir Mar
Mar
1.0
1.2

1,000


1,000

Kangaroo Lake (Lake Charm) Dec 09
Jan
Feb
200
180
1.3
1,558
442


20,000




Kerferd Lake (Beechworth) Jan 0.9  
3,500


Kialla Lakes (Shepparton) Mar 1.0
1,500        
Water stocked Month 2010 Fish size (g) Murray cod Golden perch Trout cod Australian
bass
Silver perch Macquarie perch
Kiewa River Jan 180 500




King Lake (Rutherglen) Mar 1.0   1,000



Kow Swamp Feb 1.3
30,000



Laanecoorie Reservoir Mar 1.0
10,000



Little Murray River (Swanhill) Jan 0.8 10,000




Loddon River Dec 09
Mar
1.0
1.0
20,000
50,000




Lowanna Lake (Shepp) Mar 1.0
500



Marysville Dam Nov 09 200
200



Mitta Mitta River (Pig Point) Jan 0.94 10,000




Nagambie Lake Dec 09
Dec 09
Dec 09
Dec 09
Dec 09
Feb
Mar
3.3
4.9
5.0
0.8
1.0
1.0
1.0
7,340
6,388
3,312
10,000
22,960





80,000
120000




Nillahcootie Lake Feb 0.9
20,000



Pyramid Creek Dec 09
Mar
1.0
1.0
10,000
10,000




Rabl Park Lake (Murtoa) Mar 1.0
2,000



Reedy Lake (First) Kerang Jan
Feb
180
1.3
500 5,000



Richardson River (Rich Avon) Mar 1.0
10,000



Sambell Lake (Beechworth) Jan
Mar
Mar
0.9
2.0
1.0


2,750
2,750
3,500


Serpentine Creek (Durham Ox) Mar 1.0
5,000



Sevens Creek (Downstream of Euroa) Mar 1.0
5,000



Serviceton North Reservoir Mar 1.0
5,000



Sumsion Gardens Lake (Wodonga) Mar 1.0
500



Taylor Lake (Horsham) Jan
Mar
Mar
0.94
1.0
1.2
20,000
40,000




20,000

Tchum Lake (Birchip) Mar 1.0
12,500



Tungamah Weir Mar 1.0
2,000



Victoria Lake (Maryborough) Mar 1.0
10,000



Wimmera River Nov 09
Mar
Mar
Apr
0.8
1.0
1.2
0.8

45,000
35,000

8,800




10,000

Total

434,140 1,163,000 7,000 52,000 31,000 3,500

Weight


Murray cod (kg) Golden perch (kg) Trout cod (kg) Silver perch (kg) Australian bass Macquarie perch
Fry (0.5 to 5g) 561.6 1,279.1 6.2 37.2 41.6 6.45
Yearling (150 to 200g) 662 40 Nil Nil Nil Nil
Total 1,223.6 1319.1 6.2 37.2 41.6 6.45

Transport

Kilometers travelled Total man days
42,152 92

Key

1 Fry 0.5g to 5g
2 Yearlings 150g to 200g

Notes

Murray Cod Yearling Murray cod Dart Tagged
Eildon Lake 'One Off' Bush Fire Recovery Stocking

Acknowledgements

This Agnote was developed by Karina Pierotti, Fisheries Victoria – Fisheries Management. May 2010.

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