Native Fish Releases 2013

This Agnote provides information on the 2013 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 and rebuild threatened native fish populations..

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.

In 2013, more than 2.2 million native fish were stocked throughout Victoria. This included more than 1 million golden perch and 1 million Murray cod, 82,000 Australian bass, 46,000 silver perch and a small number of Trout cod. A further 22,000 Macquarie perch were bred at Snobs Creek and the first time, around 6,000 of these fish were released into the Goulburn River near Trawool. Estuary perch were also stocked for a second season into Lake Bolac and two other lakes.

Fisheries Victoria's stocking program in 2013 was significantly boosted by four recreational fishing licence grants funded projects including: Million Murray cod (Lake Eildon), Building Northern Native Fisheries, Nicholson River bass project and the estuary perch stocking project. 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 understanding the contribution that stocking makes to fish populations.

2013 Native Stockings - total numbers

Murray cod Golden perch Trout cod Silver perch Australian bass Macquarie perch Estuary perch
Fry (0.5 to 5gs) 847,091 802,550 4,050 46,000 82,000 22,640 3,740
Northern Rivers (0.4 to 1.2gs) 215,000 250,000




Yearlings (150 to 250gs)
50




Total: 1,062,091 1,052,600 4,050 46,000 82,000 22,640 3,740
Total number of native fish stocked= 2,273,121
2013 Native Stockings – by waters
Water Stocked Month 2012/2013 Fish size (gs) Murray cod Golden perch Trout cod Australian Bass Silver perch Macquarie perch Estuary Perch
Albert Park Lake
(Albert Park)
May 0.8
2,000          
Allans Flat
Dredge Hole
(Allans Flat)
Mar 0.8
1,000          
Amaroo Lake
(Part of Kialla
Lakes at Shepparton)
Apr 0.8
250          
Arboretum Dam
(Euroa)
Feb 800
50




Avoca River Jan 0.6 5,000





(Charlton to Nattie Yallock) Mar
May
0.6
0.8
5,000 8,000




Avon River Dec 0.8


3,000


(Stratford to Valencia Creek)








Bartlett Lake
(Tatura)
Apr 0.8
500




Bealiba Reservoir
(Bealiba)
May 0.8
1,000




Benalla Lake
(Benalla)
Jan 0.7 4,210





Big Meran Lake
(Meering)
Apr 0.8
4,000




Blue Rock Lake
(Willow Grove)
Dec 0.8


15,000


Boga Lake
(Lake Boga)
Jan
May
1.5
0.9
5,000 5,000




Bolac Lake
(Lake Bolac)
Dec 1.1





1,870
Broken Creek Feb 1.1 5,000





(Dip Bridge to Nathalia) May 0.9
 10,000




Broken River
(Benalla to Gowangardie Weir)
Jan
Feb
0.7
0.8
5,000
15,000






Broken River
(Benalla to Gowangardie Weir)
Mar
Mar
0.8
0.9

5,500
14,500





Buffalo Lake
(Dandongadale)
Jan
Feb
Feb
Mar
0.7
1.4
0.9
0.8
5,000
2,800
2,200
5,000




Cairn Curran
Reservoir
(Maldon)
Feb
Feb
May
0.9
0.9
0.8
5,125
4,875
9,000




Campaspe River
(Rochester to
Axedale)
Jan
Mar
1.0
1.0
20,000 40,000




Charlegrark Lake
(Booroopki)
Feb 0.9 5,000





Charm Lake
(Lake Charm)
Jan
Feb
May
1.5
0.7
0.9
2,000
8,000
5,000




Corryong-Jerimal Creek (Corryong) Jan 0.7 1,000





Cowwarr Weir
(Cowwarr)
Dec 0.8


2,000


Craigmiur Lake
(Mooroopna)
Apr 0.8
500




Crusoe Reservoir
(Bendigo)
May 0.9
2,000




Cudgewa Creek
(Cudgewa)
Jan 0.7 2,000





Cullulleraine
Lake
(Cullulleraine)
Jan
Feb
May
0.6
0.7
0.8
5,000
5,000
5,000




Dartmouth Dam
(Dartmouth)
Jan 0.8




5,000
Eildon Lake
(Eildon) 
Jan
Jan
Jan
Jan
Jan
1.0
1.1
0.5
1.0
0.9
130,000
129,200
34,800
64,420
24,580






Eildon Lake
(Eildon)
Jan
Feb
1.0
1.2

80,000
120,000





Eldorado Dredge
Hole (Eldorado)
Apr 0.8
500




Eppalock Lake
(Knowsley)
Feb
Feb
Feb
Feb
1.4
1.4
0.9
1.0
13,270
8,578
66,600
3,400





Expedition Pass
Reservoir
(Farraday)
Jan 0.8




5,000
First Reedy Lake
(Kerang)
Jan 1.5 2,000





Glenmaggie Lake
(Glenmaggie)
Dec 0.8


10,000


Goldfields
Reservoir
(Maryborough)
May 0.8
1,000




Goulburn River
(Below Shepparton)
Jan
Feb
Feb
Mar
May
0.7
0.8
0.7
0.6
0.8
22,500
6,500
13,500
8,840
35,000




Goulburn River
(Above Nagambie
Lake to Seymour)
Jan
Jan
Jan
Jan
Feb
Feb
1.4
0.8
1.5
1.8
1.1
0.9
2,000
20,500
3,893
17,060
2,940




6,320
Greens Lake
(Corop)
Feb
Apr
1.1
0.8
5,000 5,000




Gunbower Creek
(Gunbower to Cohuna)
Jan 0.7 20,000





Hume Lake
(Tallangatta)
Jan 1.0
80,000




Inglewood
Reservoir
(Inglewood)
Jan
Apr
1.0
0.8

500

1,000

Jil Jil Lake
(Donald)
Apr 0.8
2,500




Kangaroo Lake
(Lake Charm)
Jan
Feb
May
1.5
1.1
0.9
5,000
15,000
11,000




Kerferd Lake
(Beechworth)
Jan 1.7

2,050



Kialla Lakes
(Shepparton)
Apr 0.8
750




Kiewa River
(Below Kiewa)
Jan 0.9 10,000





King Lake
(Rutherglen)
Mar 0.8
500




Kow Swamp (Leitchville) Mar 0.9
30,000




Laanecoorie
Reservoir
(Laanecoorie)
Feb
Mar
May
1.4
0.6
0.8
10,000
10,000
5,000




Lascelles Lake
(Hopetoun)
Jan
Apr
1.0
1.2

2,000

7,500

Little Boort Lake
(Boort)
Apr 0.8
2,000




Loch Garry
(Bunbartha)
Apr 0.8
2,000




Loddon River
(Bridgewater to Fernihurst Weir)
Dec 0.4 35,000





Loddon River (Bridgewater to Fernihurst Weir) Mar 1.0
50,000




Lowanna Lake Apr 0.8
250




(Shepparton)








Macalister River Dec 0.8


2,000


(D/s of L. Glenmaggie)








Marma Lake
(Murtoa)
Apr 1.2
2,000




Miga Lake
(Miga)
Apr 1.2
3,000




Mitchell River
(Waterford to Iguana Creek)
Dec 0.8


5,000


Mitta Mitta River
(Pigs Point)
Jan
Feb
0.7
1.4
5,000
5,000






Nagambie Lake
(Nagambie)
Jan
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
June
1.4
0.7
0.9
1.0
0.8
0.8
150
23,000
27,000
10,300
7,500
76,500
40,000
200





Narracan Lake
(Moe)
Dec 0.8


10,000


Nicholson River
(U/s of Nicholson Weir)
Dec 0.8


35,000


Ovens River
(Myrtleford Area)
Jan 0.8




6,320
Nillahcootie Lake
(Barjarg)
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mar
0.9
0.7
0.7
0.8
8,000
2,000
13,000
5,000




Petobe Lake
(Warrnambool)
Dec 1.1





100
Pyramid Creek Jan 0.7 5,000





(D/s of Kow Swamp) Mar 0.9
5,000




Sambell Lake
(Beechworth)
Jan
Mar
1.7
0.8

1,500 2,025



Serpentine Creek
(Durham Ox)
May 0.9
2,000




Seven Creeks
(Euroa)
May 0.9
2,000




Stanley Ditch
Dam (Stanley)
Mar 0.8
500




Struan Lake
(Foxhow)
Dec 1.1





1,770
Sumsion Gardens
Lake (Wodonga)
Mar 0.8
500




Taylors Lake
  (Horsham)
Jan
Feb
Mar
Mar
1.0
0.9
0.6
1.0
15,000
5,000
5,050

20,000

Tchum Lake
(Birchip)
Apr 0.8
2,000




Teddington
Bottom Reservoir
(Stuart Mill)
May 0.8
2,000




Tungamah Weir
Pool
(Tungamah)
May 0.9
1,000




Victoria Lake
(Maryborough)
May 0.8
1,000




Victoria Lake
(Shepparton)
Feb
Apr
1.1
0.8
2,000 2,000




Watchem Lake
(Watchem)
Apr 0.8
2,000




Wimmera River Jan 1.0



17,500

(Jeparit, Dimboola & Horsham) Mar
Apr
1.0
1.2

20,000
2,000





Wooroonook Lake Apr 0.8
2,000




(Charlton)








Yarriambiack Creek
(Beulah, Brim, Warracknabeal)
Apr 1.2
1,500




Totals     847,091 802,350 4,050 82,000 46,000 22,640 3,740
Building  Northern Native Fisheries
Water Stocked Month 2012/2013 Fish size (gs) Murray cod Golden perch
Campaspe River Jan 0.9 20,000
(Elmore Weir & Rochester area) Mar
Mar
0.9
1.0

32,600
7,400 
Eppalock Lake
(Knowsley)
Feb
Mar
1.0
1.0

20,600
109,400
Gunbower Creek Dec 0.9 60,000
 (Gunbower to Cohuna)



Kow Swamp Dec 0.9 100,000
(Leitchville) Feb
Mar
0.9
0.9

23,600
6,400
Loddon River Dec 0.4 35,000
(Bridgwater to Fernihurst Weir)



Loddon River (Bridgewater to Fernihurst Weir) Mar
Mar
1.0
1.0

31,700
18,300
Totals     215,000 250,000
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) 712.3 797.4 14.0 46.0 65.6 13.9 4.3
Northern Rivers Fry
(0.5 to 5)
176.0 241.9




Yearlings (150 to 250gs)
40




Transport
Kilometers Travelled Total Person Days
54,735 113
Key
1 Fry 0.5 to 5gs
2 Yearlings 500 to 1,000gs

Notes

Calceined Marked