Native Fish Releases 2012

Note Number: FN0613
Published: August 2012

This Agnote provides information on the 2012 native fish stockings in Victoria.

Victorian Fish Stocking Program

The department's native fish stocking program is designed to enhance recreational fishing opportunities for anglers.

Stocking Plans are developed as part of the annual regional consultation process (Vic Fish Stock) between the Victorian recreational fishing representative body (VRFish), water and catchment management authorities, Fisheries Victoria and other relevant stakeholders. VRFish represents recreational anglers at these meetings. The meetings consider the performance of existing stocking programs, the results of stock assessment surveys, creel survey or angler diary data and anything else that has or might impact on the ongoing fishery. This may include environmental conditions and water levels. Requests by stakeholders for changes to current stocking programs and the implementation of new stocking programs are also considered.

More than 2 million native fish were stocked throughout Victoria in 2011/12. This includes over 1 million golden perch, 885,000 Murray cod, 47,000 Australian bass 46,000 silver perch, a small number of Trout cod and Macquarie perch and the first large-scale stocking estuary perch. This fish stocking program was significantly boosted by four recreational fishing licence grants projects including: Million Murray cod in to Lake Eildon, Drought Recovery stocking, Building Northern Native Fisheries and Expanding Australian Bass. A significant number of stocked native fish are now marked with calcien – a food dye which can be used to differentiate between stocked fish and naturally bred fish. Over time this will assist Fisheries Victoria in quantifying the contribution that stocking makes to fish populations.

2011/2012 Native Stockings - total numbers


Murray cod Golden perch Trout cod Silver perch Australian bass Macquarie perch Estuary
perch
Fry (0.5 to 5gs) 670,500 949,290 325 46,000 47,000 3,620 7,000
Northern Rivers (0.4 to 1.2gs) 215,000 120,000




Yearlings (150 to 250gs) 307 150




Total: 885,807 1,069,440 325 46,000 47,000 3,620 7,000

Total number of native fish stocked= 2,059,192

2011/2012 Native Stockings – by waters

Water Stocked Month 2011/2012 Fish size (gs) Murray cod Golden perch Trout cod Australian Bass Silver perch Macquarie perch Estuary Perch
Albert Park Lake
(Melbourne)
May 1.2
5000




Allans Flat Dredge Hole
(Allans Flat)
Apr 1.2
2,000




Amaroo Lake
(Part of Kialla Lakes at Shepparton)
Apr 1.1
500




Anderson Lake
(Chiltern)
Apr 0.8
1,000




Arboretum Dam
(Euroa)
Feb 365.0
50




Avoca River
(Charlton to Nattie Yallock)
Feb
May
0.6
0.8
8,000 18,000




Avon River
(Stratford to Valencia Creek)
Nov 0.5


3,000


Bartlett Lake
(Tatura)
May 0.9
1,000




Batyo Catyo Lake
(Avon Plains)
Jan 1.3



5,000

Bealiba Reservoir
(Bealiba)
May 0.8
2,000




Benalla Lake
(Benalla)
Feb 0.8 5,000





Big Meran lake
(Meering)
Apr 1.1
7,500




Blue Rock Lake
(Willow Grove)
Nov 0.5


15,000


Boga Lake
(Lake Boga)
Dec
Apr
0.9
0.8
5,000 5,000




Bolac Lake
(Lake Bolac)
Jan 1.0





7,000
Bringalbert Lake
(Bringalbert)
May 1.2
7,000




Broken Creek
(Dip Bridge to Nathalia)
May 0.9
12,000




Broken River
(Casey & Gowangardie Weirs)
Feb
May
0.8
0.9
5,000 20,400




Buffalo Lake
(Dandongadale)
Jan
Apr
1.2
1.2
1,000 10,000




Cairn Curran Reservoir
(Maldon)
Mar 1.0
25,000




Campaspe River
(Rochester & Elmore)
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
1.1
0.8
0.7
2.2
15,300
4,700
28,500
11,500





Charlegrark Lake
(Booroopki)
Apr 160.0 307





Charlegrark Lake
(Booroopki)
Jan 0.9 5,000





Charm Lake
(Lake Charm)
Dec
Apr
0.9
0.8
5,000 5,000




Cooper Lake
(Corop)
Apr 1.1 
5,000




Craigmuir Lake
(Mooroopna)
Apr 1.1
1,000




Crusoe Reservoir
(Bendigo)
Mar 1.0
5,000




Cullulleraine Lake
(Cullulleraine)
Apr 0.8
10,000




Eildon Lake
(Eildon)
Dec
Dec
Jan
Mar
Mar
0.9
1.0
1.1
2.0
0.8
155,000
151,000
74,000
1,000
2,000






Eildon Lake
(Eildon)
Mar
Mar
Apr
Apr
May
0.9
1.0
0.8
1.2
0.9

22,000
1,400
96,600
3,890
27,000





Eldorado Dredge Hole
(Eldorado)
May 0.9
1,000




Eppalock Lake
(Knowsley)
Jan
Apr
1.5
0.8
15,000 50,000




Expedition Pass Reservoir
(Farraday)
Jan 0.7




3,620
Foletti Caravan Park Lake
(Donald)
Apr 1.1
2,000




Glenmaggie Lake
(Glenmaggie)
Nov 0.5


10,000


Goldfields Reservoir
(Maryborough)
May 0.9
2,000




Goulburn River
(Below Shepparton)
Jan
Apr
May
1.0
1.1
0.9
40,000 3,500
13,500





Goulburn River
(Above Shepparton)
Jan 1.0 40,000





Green Lake
(Horsham)
May 1.2
10,000




Greens Lake
(Corop)
Jan
Apr
1.5
0.8
5,000 17,000




Harrietville Dredge Hole
(Harrietville)
May 0.9
1,000




Hume Lake
(Tallangatta)
Jan 1.0
120,000




Inglewood Reservoir
(Inglewood)
Jan
Apr
1.3
1.1

1,000

1,000

Jil Jil Lake
(Donald)
Apr 1.1
5,000




Kangaroo Lake
(Lake Charm)
Dec
Apr
0.9
0.8
17,000 17,000




Kerford Lake
(Beechworth)
Jan 1.0

325



Kialla Lakes
(Shepparton)
Apr 1.1
1,500




Kiewa River
(Below Kiewa)
Jan 1.2 5,000





Kow Swamp
(Leichtville)
Apr 2.2
30,000




Laanecoorie Reservoir
(Laanecoorie)
Jan
Apr
1.5
0.8
8,000 10,000




Lascelles Lake
(Hopetoun)
Jan
May
1.3
1.2

5,000

5,000

Little Murray River
(Swanhill)
Dec 0.9 8,000





Loch Garry
(Bunbartha)
Apr 1.1
5,000




Loddon River
(Kerang to Newbridge)
Jan
Feb
Apr
0.6
1.0
1.1
19,500 5,000
45,000





Lowanna Lake
(Shepparton)
Apr 1.1
500




Macalister River
(D/s of L. Glenmaggie)
Nov 0.5


2,000


Miga Lake
(Miga)
May 1.2
5,000




Mitchell River
(Waterford to Iguana Creek)
Nov 0.5


5,000


Mitta Mitta River
(Pig Point)
Feb 0.6 5,000





Nagambie Lakes
(Nagambie)
Jan
Jan
Mar
0.6
0.9
0.8
17,160
4,340
130,000




Nagambie Lakes (Nagambie) Feb 0.6 13,000





Narracan Lake
(Moe)
Nov 0.5


10,000


Nillahcootie Lake
(Barjarg)
Jan
Mar
1.2
1.0
8,000 10,000




Pyramid Creek
(D/s of Kow Swamp)
Mar
Apr
0.8
2.2
5,500 10,000




Ratzcastle Lake
(Kangawall)
May 1.2
5,000




Reedy Lake (First)
(Kerang)
Dec
Apr
0.9
0.8
5,000 5,000




Richardson River
(Rich Avon)
Apr 1.1
5,000




Sambell Lake
(Beechworth)
Apr 1.2
2,000




Serpentine Creek
(Durham Ox)
May 0.9
5,000




Seven Creeks
(Euroa)
May 0.9
5,000




Stanley Ditch Dam
(Stanley)
Apr 1.2
1,000




Sumsion Gardens Lake
(Wodonga)
Apr 1.2
1,000




Taylors Lake
(Horsham)
Jan
Jan
May
0.9
1.3
1.2
16,000 34,000

20,000

Tchum Lake
(Birchip)
May 1.2
5,000




Teddington Reservoir (Bottom)
(Stuart Mill)
May 0.8
5,000




Thompson River
(Cowwarr Weir)
Nov 0.5


2,000


Tungamah Weir Pool
(Tungamah)
May 0.9
2,000




Victoria Lake
( Maryborough)
May 0.9
2,000




Victoria Lake
(Shepparton)
Feb 365.0
100




Victoria Lake
(Shepparton)
Jan
Apr
1.5
1.1
2,000 5,000




Walkers Lake
(Avon Plains)
Apr 1.1
5,000




Watchem Lake
(Wathcem)
May 1.2
5,000




Wimmera River
(Dimboola to Elmhurst)
Jan
Apr
1.3
1.9

21,000

15,000

Wooroonook Lake
(Charlton)
Apr 1.1
5,000




Yarriambiack Creek
(Beulah, Brim, Warracknabeal)
May 1.2
3,000




Totals     670,807 949,440 325 47,000 46,000 3,620 7,000

Northern Rivers Native Fish

Water Stocked Month 2012 Fish size (gs) Murray cod Golden perch
Campaspe River
(Elmore Weir & Rochester area)
Feb 0.8 15,100

Feb 1.1 4,900

Feb 1.0
20,000

Feb 0.7
6,480

Mar 0.9
13,520
Gunbower Creek Feb 0.6 19,840

Feb 1.2 14,130
(Cohuna & Gunbower) Feb 0.4 3,280

Mar 0.8 22,750
Kow Swamp Feb 0.9 100,000
(Leitchville) Mar 0.9
18,480

Mar 0.7
11,520
Loddon River Feb 1.1 7,900
(Bridgwater to Fernihurst Weir) Feb 1.0 16,660

Feb 1.0
50,000

Feb 1.2 10,440
Totals     215,000 120,000

Weight

Fish Size Range (gs) Murray cod (kg) Golden perch (kg) Trout cod (kg) Silver perch (kg) Australian bass (kg) Macquarie perch (kg) Estuary perch (kg)
Fry (0.5gs to 5gs) 627.3 961.4 0.3 53.3 11.8 2.6 7.0
Northern Rivers Fry
(0.5 to 5)
190.7 116.4




Yearlings (150 to 250gs) 49.7 54.7




Transport

Kilometers Travelled Total Man Days
51,766 116

Key

1

Fry

0.5 to 5gs

2

Yearlings

150 to 250gs

Notes

Calceined Marked = 1,190,900

Acknowledgments

This Agnote was developed by Ewan McLean, Fisheries Victoria – Fisheries Management. July 2012.