Native Fish Releases 2017

Victorian Native Fish Stocking Program

Fisheries' native and salmonid (trout and salmon) fish stocking program is designed to enhance recreational fishing opportunities for anglers. Annual stocking plans are developed using information provided at five regional consultation meetings (known as Vic Fish Stock) with recreational fishing representatives, resource managers such as the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Catchment Management Authorities, Water Authorities and our own staff.

The development of the annual stocking program considers the performance of fisheries, the existing stocking approach, results of any stock assessments, fisher and creel surveys, prevailing environmental conditions, impacts of land and water management regimes and other issues that may affect a fishery. Requests by stakeholders to vary current stocking programs are also considered.

The 2016/2017 native fish stocking component of the program released 3,093,581 native fish into Victorian waters, including 1,145,700 Murray cod, 1,549,825 golden perch, 9,756 trout cod, 162,000 Australian bass, 112,000 estuary perch, 13,300 Macquarie perch and 100,000 silver perch.

The Snobs Creek fish hatchery produces the salmonids and approximately 500,000 native fish. The hatchery operates with funding from recreational fishing licence fees and the State Government's Target One Million plan. The operation of Snobs Creek is overseen by an advisory board consisting of Fisheries staff and recreational anglers.

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

WaterDateAverage weight (g)Australian bassEstuary perchGolden perchMacquarie perchMurray codSilver perchTrout codGrand Total

Albert Park Lake
(Albert Park)

Dec16

0.2


10000






10000

Apr17

0.6



16000





16000

Allans Flat Dredge Hole
(Allans Flat)

Feb17

1.2






2000


2000

Mar17

0.7



1500





1500

Amaroo Lake
(Shepparton)

Mar17

0.7



500





500

Anderson Lake
(Chiltern)

Apr17

0.6



1000





1000

Arboretum Dam
(Euroa)

Feb17

1.2






1000


1000

Mar17

0.7



500





500

Avoca River
(Charlton)

Jan17

1.6





10000



10000

Apr17

0.6



16000





16000

Avon River
(Valencia Creek)

Nov16

0.5

5000







5000

Bartlett Lake
(Tatura)

Apr17

1.0



500





500

Bealiba Reservoir
(Bealiba)

Apr17

0.5



2000





2000

Benalla Lake
(Benalla)

Jan17

0.9





10000



10000

Feb17

1.0



5000





5000

Big Meran Lake
(Lake Meering)

Mar17

1.3



9563





9563

Apr17

0.9



3187





3187

Blue Rock Lake
(Willow Grove)

Nov16

0.5

25000







25000

Boga Lake
(Lake Boga)

Jan17

1.0





9000



9000

Mar17

1.3



12750





12750

Boosey Creek
(Katamatite)

Jan17

2.9





2300



2300

Mar17

0.7





700



700

Mar17

0.7



11000





11000

Bringalbert Lake
(Bringalbert)

Mar17

1.0



5000





5000

Broken Creek
(Nathalia)

Feb17

1.1





10000



10000

Mar17

0.7



20000





20000

Broken River
(Benalla)

Feb17

1.0



45000





45000

Mar17

0.7





30000



30000

Buffalo Lake
(Dandongadale)

Dec16

1.0





10000



10000

Mar17

0.7



10000





10000

Apr17

11.0





20000



20000

Cairn Curran Reservoir
(Maldon)

Jan17

1.2





40000



40000

Mar17

1.0



75000





75000

Apr17

8.0





30000



30000

Campaspe River
(Lower) (Axedale)

Feb17

0.7





40000



40000

Mar17

1.0



25000





25000

Apr17

0.7



46000





46000

Apr17

2.5





30000



30000

Campaspe River
(Upper) (Kyneton)

Apr17

0.5



5000





5000

Carpolac Lake
(Carpolac)

Mar17

1.0



5000





5000

Charlegrark Lake
(Minimay)

Jan17

0.9





10000



10000

Charm Lake
(Lake Charm)

Jan17

1.0





20000



20000

Mar17

1.3



19125





19125

Apr17

0.9



6375





6375


3.5





20000



20000

Corryong-Jerimal Creek
(Corryong)

Feb17

1.3





2500



2500

Cowwarr Weir
(Cowwarr)

Nov16

0.5

2000







2000

Craigmuir Lake
(Mooroopna)

Mar17

0.7



500





500

Crusoe Reservoir
(Bendigo)

Feb17

1.0



5000



5000


10000

Cudgewa Creek
(Cudgewa)

Feb17

1.3





5000



5000

Cullulleraine Lake
(Cullulleraine)

Jan17

0.6





10000



10000

Devilbend Reservoir
(Moorooduc)

Dec16

0.2


15000






15000

Eildon Lake
(Eildon)

Jan17

1.3



100000





100000


1.3





63000



63000

Jan17

0.9





6600



6600

Mar17

0.9





27400



27400

Mar17

1.3





6600



6600

Mar17

0.6





19479



19479

Mar17

0.9





18610



18610

May17

0.7



25000





25000

Eldorado Dredge Hole
(Eldorado)

Feb17

1.2






2000


2000

Mar17

0.7



1000





1000

Eppalock Lake
(Knowsley)

Jan17

1.2





80000



80000

Mar17

1.0



150000





150000

Apr17

2.5





20000



20000

Expedition Pass Reservoir
(Faraday)

Jan17

0.5




5000




5000

First Reedy Lake
(Kerang)

Mar17

1.3



5000





5000

Foletti Caravan Park Lake
(Donald)

Feb17

1.0






3000


3000

Mar17

1.0



2000





2000

Forest Lake
(Kangaroo Flat)

Feb17

1.0






3000


3000

Fosters Dam
(Glenrowan)

Apr17

0.7



200





200

Freestone Creek
(Briagolong)

Nov16

0.5

3000







3000

Glenmaggie Lake
(Glenmaggie)

Nov16

0.5

10000







10000

Goldfields Reservoir
(Maryborough)

Feb17

1.0



2000





2000

Goldfields Reservoir
(St Arnaud)

Feb17

1.0






5000


5000

Goulburn River
(Above Goulburn Weir to Seymour, including Nagambie)

Feb17

0.7





41695



41695

Feb17

0.9



14000





14000


1.1



150000





150000

Mar17

0.6





8565



8565

Mar17

0.7



6000





6000

Goulburn River
(Below Goulburn Weir to McCoy's Bridge)

Feb17

1.1





21937



21937

Mar17

0.7





14850



14850

Mar17

0.7



44000





44000

Mar17

0.7





33332



33332

Mar17

0.6





32000



32000

Green Lake
(Horsham)

Mar17

1.3



10000





10000

Greens Lake
(Corop)

Feb17

1.3





5859



5859

Apr17

1.0



10000





10000

Gunbower Creek
(Gunbower)

Jan17

0.6





37000



37000

Mar17

0.7





13209



13209

Mar17

1.0



37500





37500

Apr17

1.0



3000





3000

Apr17

8.0





5000



5000

Guthridge Lake
(Sale)

Nov16

0.5

1000







1000

Hamilton Lake
(Hamilton)

Dec16

0.2


5000






5000

Hume Lake
(Tallangatta)

Dec16

1.0





60000



60000

Feb17

1.0



170000





170000

Inglewood Reservoir
(Inglewood)

Apr17

0.6



1000





1000

Kangaroo Lake
(Kangaroo Lake)

Jan17

1.0





50000



50000

Mar17

1.3



51000





51000

Apr17

1.0



17000





17000


3.5





30000



30000

Karkarook Lake
(Moorabbin)

Dec16

0.2


8000






8000

Kerferd Lake
(Beechworth)

Feb17

1.8







4878

4878

Kialla Lakes
(Shepparton)

Mar17

0.7



1500





1500

Kiewa River
(Baranduda)

Dec16

1.0





5000



5000

Mar17

1.3





10000



10000

King Lake
(Rutherglen)

Mar17

0.7



1000





1000

Kow Swamp
(Cohuna)

Mar17

1.0



22500





22500

Apr17

0.9



5000





5000

Laanecoorie Reservoir
(Laanecoorie)

Jan17

0.9





20000



20000

Mar17

1.3



10000





10000

Lascelles Lake
(Hopetoun)

Feb17

1.0






5000


5000

Apr17

1.0



7000





7000

Little Boort Lake
(Boort)

Mar17

1.3



5000





5000

Loddon River
(Newbridge)

Jan17

1.6





24323



24323

Mar17

0.7





25957



25957

Mar17

0.8



42000





42000

Apr17

3.5





20000



20000

Apr17

0.9



26000





26000

Apr17

8.0





5000



5000

Loddon River
(Kerang)

Mar17

0.6





2527



2527


0.7





2257



2257

Mar17

1.0



5000





5000

Lowanna Lake
(Shepparton)

Mar17

0.7



500





500

Macalister River
(Basin Flat)

Nov16

0.5

9000







9000

Marma Lake
(Murtoa)

Mar17

1.0



4000





4000

Melton Reservoir
(Melton)

Dec16

0.2


15000






15000

Merriwa Park Lake
(Wangaratta)

Feb17

1.2






2000


2000

Miga Lake
(Miga)

Mar17

1.0



5000





5000

Mitchell/Wonnangatta River
(Dargo)

Nov16

0.5

10000







10000

Mitta Mitta River
(Tallandoon)

Dec16

1.0





20000



20000

Mar17

1.3





20000



20000

Moodemere Lake
(Rutherglen)

Mar17

0.7



10000





10000

Mordialloc Creek
(Mordialic)

Dec16

0.2


10000






10000

Narracan Lake
(Moe)

Nov16

0.5

10000







10000

National Aquatic Centre
(Banghole)

Dec16

0.2


20000






20000

Jan17

0.5


9000






9000

Neanger
(Eaglehawk)

Feb17

1.0






10000


10000

Nillahcootie Lake
(Barjarg)

Feb17

1.0





26000



26000

Feb17

1.0



60000





60000

Mar17

0.6





14000



14000

Numurkah Lake
(Numurkah)

Feb17

1.0



6000



5000


11000

Ovens River
(Oxley Flats)

Feb17

0.5




8300




8300

Ovens River
(Lower)

Apr17

1.0



30000





30000

Rainbow Creek
(Cowwarr)

Nov16

0.5

2000







2000

Ratzcastle Lake
(Kangawall)

Mar17

1.0



5000





5000

Sambell Lake
(Beechworth)

Feb17

1.8







4878

4878

Mar17

0.7



5000





5000

Serpentine Creek
(Durham Ox)

Jan17

1.6





5000



5000

Apr17

0.9



5000





5000

Seven Creeks
(Euroa)

Mar17

0.7



3000





3000

Snowy River
(Orbost)

Dec16

0.5

40000







40000

St Georges Lake
(Creswick)

Apr17

0.4



2000





2000

Stanley Ditch Dam
(Stanley)

Feb17

1.2






2000


2000

Mar17

0.7



500





500

Struan Lake
(Foxhow)

Dec16

0.2


5000






5000

Sumsion Gardens Lake
(Wodonga)

Mar17

1.1



1500





1500

Tambo River
(Bruthen to D/s of Haunted Stream)

Nov16

0.5

20000







20000

Taylors Lake
(Horsham)

Jan17

0.9





20000



20000

Mar17

1.3



31875





31875

Apr17

8.0





20000



20000

Tchum Lake
(Birchip)

Apr17

1.0



5000





5000

Feb17

1.0






15000


15000

Teddington Reservoir - Bottom
(Stuart Mill)

Apr17

0.4



2000





2000

Thomson River
(D/s Cowwarr Weir)

Nov16

0.5

5000







5000

Timbarra River
(Near the Junction with the Tambo River)

Nov16

0.5

10000







10000

Traralgon Creek
(Traralgon)

Nov16

0.5

2000







2000

Tronoh Harrietville Dredge Hole
(Harrietville)

Mar17

0.7



500





500

Tyers River
(Wirilda Park)

Nov16

0.5

5000







5000

Upper Sandy Creek Dam
(Sandy Creek)

Feb17

1.2






5000


5000

Valencia Creek
(U/s of Valencia Creek)

Nov16

0.5

3000







3000

Victoria Lake
(Maryborough)

Jan17

0.6








1000

Feb17

1.0



2000





2000

Victoria Lake
(Shepparton)

Feb17

1.2






10000


10000

Mar17

0.7





1000



1000

Mar17

0.7



5000





5000

Walkers Lake
(Avon Plains)

Feb17

1.0






5000


5000

Apr17

1.0



5000





5000

Watchem Lake
(Watchem)

Apr17

1.0



5000





5000

Werribee River
(D/s of Melton Reservoir)

Dec16

0.2


15000






15000

Wimmera River
(Horsham)

Feb17

1.0






20000


20000

Apr17

1.0



68000





68000

Wooroonook Lake
(Charlton)

Apr17

1.0



5000





5000

Yarriambiack Creek
(Brim)

Apr17

1.0



12750





12750

Grand Total



162000

112000

1549825

13300

1145700

100000

9756

3093581

Marine Native Fish Releases

Water

Date

Average weight (g)

Estuary perch

Bemm River
(Bemm River)

Jan17

0.5

10000

Tyers Lake
(Lake Tyers Beach)

Jan17

0.5

25000

Grand Total



35000

Total Numbers

Australian bass

Estuary perch

Golden perch

Macquarie perch

Murray cod

Silver perch

Trout cod

Grand Total

Grand Total

162000

112000

1549825

13300

1145700

100000

9756

3093581

Weight (kg)

Australian bass

Estuary perch

Golden Perch

Macquarie perch

Murray cod

Silver perch

Trout cod

Fry up to 15 g

81

39.177

1554.767

6.855

1979.513

104.8

17.472

Kilometres TravelledPerson Days

54,109

113