Native Fish Releases 2019

Victorian Native Fish Stocking Program

The Victorian Fisheries Authority's 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, or consider new waters are also discussed.

The 2018/2019 native fish stocking component of the program released 5,924,265 native fish into Victorian waters including record numbers of Murray cod, golden perch, silver perch and Australian bass.

The Snobs Creek fish hatchery produces the salmonids and more than 850,000 native fish including growing record number of Murray cod in 2019. 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.

Species Summary

SpeciesTotal fish stocked
Australian bass291,875
Estuary perch275,500
Golden perch3,174,035
Macquarie perch7,510
Murray cod1,853,558
Silver perch287,490
Trout cod34,297
Total5,924,265

Stocking Details

Water StockedMonthAverage
Weight
(g)
Murray
cod
Golden
perch
Trout
cod
Australian
bass
Estuary
perch
Macquarie
perch
CatfishSilver
perch
BarraMulloway
Albert Park Lake (Albert Park)Oct4.0       18,000  
Albert Park Lake (Albert Park)Mar0.7 5,000        
Allans Flat Dredge Hole (Allans Flat)Feb1.1       4,000  
Allans Flat Dredge Hole (Allans Flat)Mar0.7 1,500        
Amaroo Lake (Shepparton)Mar0.7 1,000        
Arboretum Dam (Euroa)Jan1.0       4,000  
Arboretum Dam (Euroa)Feb0.9 500        
Avoca River (Charlton)Dec0.910,000         
Avoca River (Charlton)Jan0.810,000         
Avoca River (Charlton)Feb1.2 20,000        
Avon River (Valencia Creek)Nov0.5   5,000      
Barkers Creek Reservoir (Harcourt)Mar0.7 10,000        
Barkers Creek Reservoir (Harcourt)Mar0.7 10,000        
Barkers Creek Reservoir (Harcourt)Mar0.7 10,000        
Bartlett Lake (Tatura)Mar0.7 500        
Barwon River (Geelong)Dec0.5    30,000     
Barwon River (Geelong)Jan0.5    45,000     
Bealiba Reservoir (Bealiba)Mar0.7 5,000        
Bellfield Reservoir (Halls Gap)Mar0.7 50,000        
Bellfield Reservoir (Halls Gap)Mar1.2 60,000        
Bemm River (Bemm River (Sydenham Inlet))Nov0.3    15,000     
Big Meran Lake (Lake Meering)Jan0.9 10,000        
Big Meran Lake (Lake Meering)Jan1.010,000         
Blue Rock Lake (Willow Grove)Nov0.5   31,000      
Blue Rock Lake (Willow Grove)Dec0.5   56,000      
Blue Rock Lake (Willow Grove)Jan0.5   40,000      
Boga Lake (Lake Boga)Dec0.910,000         
Boga Lake (Lake Boga)Jan0.9 70,000        
Boga Lake (Lake Boga)Mar0.7 30,000        
Boosey Creek (Katamatite)Jan1.83,000         
Boosey Creek (Katamatite)Feb1.0 16,000        
Bringalbert Lake (Bringalbert)Mar0.9 6,000        
Brodribb River (Orbost)Nov0.5   10,000      
Brodribb River (Orbost)Dec0.5   5,000      
Broken Creek (Nathalia)Jan1.810,000         
Broken Creek (Nathalia)Feb1.0 30,000        
Broken River (Benalla)Jan0.865,464         
Broken River (Benalla)Jan1.4 49,200        
Buffalo Lake (Dandongadale)Dec1.030,000         
Buffalo Lake (Dandongadale)Feb0.9 20,000        
Buffalo Lake (Dandongadale)Mar0.721,014         
Bullen Merri Lake (Camperdown)Nov0.5   5,000      
Cairn Curran Reservoir (Maldon)Dec0.930,000         
Cairn Curran Reservoir (Maldon)Feb1.030,750         
Cairn Curran Reservoir (Maldon)Feb1.48,000         
Cairn Curran Reservoir (Maldon)Feb1.0 70,900        
Cairn Curran Reservoir (Maldon)Feb0.910,794         
Cairn Curran Reservoir (Maldon)Mar1.5 80,000        
Calembeen Front Lake (Creswick)Mar0.7 1,000        
Campaspe River Rochester to Axedale (Rochester)Dec0.950,000         
Campaspe River Rochester to Axedale (Rochester)Jan1.0 70,000        
Carpolac Lake (Carpolac)Mar0.9 6,000        
Casey Fields Lake (Cranbourne)Apr800.0 6        
Charlegrark Lake (Minimay)Jan0.810,359         
Charm Lake (Lake Charm)Dec0.910,000         
Charm Lake (Lake Charm)Jan0.9 50,000        
Corryong Creek (Corryong)Jan0.84,000         
Cowwarr Weir (Cowwarr)Nov0.5   2,000      
Craigmuir Lake (Mooroopna)Mar0.7 1,000        
Crusoe Reservoir (Bendigo)Jan1.0       20,000  
Crusoe Reservoir (Bendigo)Feb1.2 5,000        
Cudgewa Creek (Cudgewa)Jan0.84,000         
Cullulleraine Lake (Cullulleraine)Feb0.86,000         
Eildon Lake (Eildon)Dec0.867,688         
Eildon Lake (Eildon)Dec1.041,000         
Eildon Lake (Eildon)Dec1.19,554         
Eildon Lake (Eildon)Jan1.273,038         
Eildon Lake (Eildon)Jan0.856,387         
Eildon Lake (Eildon)Jan0.9 122,500        
Eildon Lake (Eildon)Jan0.9 178,000        
Eildon Lake (Eildon)Jan0.820,672         
Eildon Lake (Eildon)Jan1.825,937         
Eildon Lake (Eildon)Jan0.9 170,000        
Eildon Lake (Eildon)Jan0.846,762         
Eildon Lake (Eildon)Feb0.848,443         
Eildon Lake (Eildon)Feb0.824,342         
Eldorado Dredge Hole (Eldorado)Feb1.0       2,000  
Eldorado Dredge Hole (Eldorado)Mar0.7 1,500        
Eppalock Lake (Knowsley)Dec0.950,000         
Eppalock Lake (Knowsley)Jan1.0 150,000        
Eppalock Lake (Knowsley)Feb1.531,682         
Eppalock Lake (Knowsley)Mar1.5 70,000        
Eppalock Lake (Knowsley)Mar0.826,600         
First Reedy Lake (Kerang)Mar0.7 5,000        
Foletti Caravan Park Lake (Donald)Feb0.9 5,000        
Foletti Caravan Park Lake (Donald)Feb1.0       5,000  
Forest Lake (Kangaroo Flat)Jan1.0       10,000  
Glenmaggie Lake (Glenmaggie)Nov0.5   10,000      
Glenrowan Rec Reserve Lake (Glenrowan)Mar0.7 500        
Goldfields Reservoir (Maryborough)Feb1.0       5,000  
Goldfields Reservoir (Maryborough)Mar0.7 5,000        
Goulburn River Downstream of Nagambie (Murchison)Dec0.840,000         
Goulburn River Downstream of Nagambie (Murchison)Feb1.0 50,000        
Goulburn River Downstream of Nagambie (Murchison)Feb1.2 10,000        
Goulburn River Downstream of Nagambie (Murchison)Mar0.7 800        
Goulburn River Downstream of Nagambie (Murchison)Mar0.721,000         
Goulburn River Downstream of Nagambie (Murchison)Mar0.7 28,150        
Goulburn River Seymour to Nagambie (Seymour)Dec0.924,000         
Goulburn River Seymour to Nagambie (Seymour)Jan0.5  34,297       
Goulburn River Seymour to Nagambie (Seymour)Feb1.0 30,000        
Green Lake Horsham (Horsham)Jan0.9 15,000        
Green Lake Sea Lake ()Mar0.7 10,000        
Greens Lake Corop (Corop)Jan1.0 10,000        
Gunbower Creek (Gunbower)Dec1.150,000         
Gunbower Creek (Gunbower)Jan1.0 70,000        
Guthridge Lake (Sale)Mar4.0   875      
Horse Shoe Lagoon (Mildura)Jan0.0 45,000        
Horse Shoe Lagoon (Mildura)Jan0.0       75,000  
Hume Lake (Tallangatta)Dec0.9106,000         
Hume Lake (Tallangatta)Feb0.9 150,000        
Hyland Lake (Churchill)Nov0.5   1,000      
Inglewood Reservoir (Inglewood)Feb1.2 1,500        
Kangaroo Lake (Kangaroo Lake)Jan0.9 70,000        
Kangaroo Lake (Kangaroo Lake)Jan1.032,000         
Karkarook Lake (Moorabbin)Mar500.0 200        
Karkarook Lake (Moorabbin)Mar600.050         
Kialla Lakes (Shepparton)Mar0.7 2,500        
Kiewa River (Baranduda)Dec1.011,450         
King Lake (Rutherglen)Feb0.9 1,500        
Kings Billabong (Mildura)Feb2.5       12,400  
Kings Billabong (Mildura)Feb1.0 10,000        
Kings Billabong (Mildura)Feb0.810,000         
Laanecoorie Reservoir (Laanecoorie)Dec0.950,000         
Laanecoorie Reservoir (Laanecoorie)Feb1.0 40,000        
Laanecoorie Reservoir (Laanecoorie)Feb1.2 10,000        
Laanecoorie Reservoir (Laanecoorie)Mar1.2 30,000        
Lascelles Lake (Hopetoun)Feb1.0 10,000        
Lascelles Lake (Hopetoun)Feb1.9       15,000  
Lauriston Reservoir (Lauriston)Mar2.229,568         
Lauriston Reservoir (Lauriston)Mar0.7 10,000        
Lauriston Reservoir (Lauriston)Mar0.7 15,000        
Little Boort Lake (Boort)Feb1.0       5,000  
Little Boort Lake (Boort)Feb0.9 5,000        
Loddon River (Newbridge)Dec0.960,000         
Loddon River (Newbridge)Jan0.92,000         
Loddon River (Newbridge)Jan0.9 5,000        
Loddon River (Newbridge)Jan0.9 25,000        
Loddon River (Newbridge)Jan0.9 70,000        
Loddon River (Newbridge)Feb1.2 5,000        
Lowanna Lake (Shepparton)Mar0.7 1,000        
Macalister River Below Glenmaggie Lake (Glenmaggie)Nov0.5   5,000      
Macalister River Upstream of Glenmaggie Lake to Licola (Glenmaggie)Nov0.5   2,000      
Malmsbury Reservoir (Malmsbury)Mar0.7 10,000        
Malmsbury Reservoir (Malmsbury)Mar0.7 10,000        
Malmsbury Reservoir (Malmsbury)Mar0.7 10,000        
Maribyrnong River (Bulla)Nov0.3    128,000     
Maribyrnong River (Bulla)Dec0.5    5,000     
Marma Lake (Murtoa)Feb0.9 4,000        
Merriwa Park Lake (Wangaratta)Jan1.0       1,000  
Miga Lake (Miga)Mar0.9 6,000        
Mitchell River (Angusvale)Nov0.5   30,000      
Mitta Mitta River (Eskdale)Jan0.830,000         
Moodemere Lake (Rutherglen)Feb0.9 10,000        
Nagambie Lake incl Goulburn Weir to Seymour (Nagambie)Dec0.9100,000         
Nagambie Lake incl Goulburn Weir to Seymour (Nagambie)Mar1.2 80,000        
Narracan Lake (Moe)Nov0.5   5,000      
Neanger Lake (Eaglehawk)Jan1.0       10,000  
Nicholson River (Nicholson)Nov0.5   10,000      
Nicholson River (Nicholson)Dec0.5   5,000      
Nillahcootie Lake (Barjarg)Dec1.020,000         
Nillahcootie Lake (Barjarg)Feb0.9 30,000        
Nillahcootie Lake (Barjarg)Mar0.721,000         
Nillahcootie Lake (Barjarg)Apr1.2 10,000        
Nillahcootie Lake (Barjarg)Apr1.2       10,000  
Numurkah Lake (Numurkah)Feb1.1       8,000  
Numurkah Lake (Numurkah)Feb1.0 6,000        
Ouyen Lake (Ouyen)Feb1.0 10,000        
Ouyen Lake (Ouyen)Feb1.9       14,000  
Ovens River (Oxley Flats)Dec3,000.0     10    
Ovens River (Oxley Flats)Jan0.9 20,000        
Ovens River (Oxley Flats)Jan0.8     7,500    
Ovens River (Oxley Flats)Feb0.9 19,200        
Ovens River (Oxley Flats)Mar0.7 11,800        
Ratzcastle Lake (Kangawall)Mar0.9 6,000        
Rocklands Reservoir (Balmoral)Dec0.888,750         
Rocklands Reservoir (Balmoral)Dec1.099,800         
Rocklands Reservoir (Balmoral)Jan0.915,000         
Rocklands Reservoir (Balmoral)Jan0.9 125,000        
Rocklands Reservoir (Balmoral)Jan0.9 125,000        
Rocklands Reservoir (Balmoral)Feb0.9 50,000        
Rocklands Reservoir (Balmoral)Feb0.840,026         
Rocklands Reservoir (Balmoral)Feb0.747,088         
Rocklands Reservoir (Balmoral)Feb0.99,356         
Sambell Lake (Beechworth)Mar0.7 5,000        
Serpentine Creek (Durham Ox)Jan0.810,000         
Serpentine Creek (Durham Ox)Feb1.2 5,000        
Serviceton Reservoir (Serviceton)Mar0.9 6,000        
Snowy River (Buchan South)Nov0.5   40,000      
Snowy River (Buchan South)Nov0.3    12,500     
St Georges Lake (Creswick)Mar0.7 1,000        
Stanley Ditch Dam (Stanley)Feb1.1       4,000  
Stanley Ditch Dam (Stanley)Mar0.7 1,000        
Taylors Lake (Horsham)Jan0.950,000         
Taylors Lake (Horsham)Jan0.9 15,000        
Taylors Lake (Horsham)Jan0.829,984         
Taylors Lake (Horsham)Feb0.9 55,000        
Taylors Lake (Horsham)Mar1.2 40,000        
Tchum Lake (Birchip)Feb0.9 8,000        
Tchum Lake (Birchip)Feb1.0       10,000  
Teddington Bottom Reservoir (Stuart Mill)Mar0.7 2,000        
Thomson River (Cowwarr)Nov0.5   5,000      
Timbarra River (Near the Junction with the Tambo River)Nov0.5   20,000      
Traralgon Creek (Traralgon)Nov0.5   1,000      
Tullaroop Reservoir (Carisbrook)Mar0.7 30,000        
Tullaroop Reservoir (Carisbrook)Mar1.2 70,000        
Tyers Lake (Lake Tyers Beach)Nov0.3    40,000     
Tyers River (Wirilda Park)Nov0.5   2,000      
Upper Coliban Reservoir (Kyneton)Mar0.7 10,000        
Upper Coliban Reservoir (Kyneton)Mar0.7 15,000        
Upper Sandy Creek Dam (Sandy Creek)Feb1.1       5,000  
Valencia Creek (U/s of Valencia Creek)Nov0.5   1,000      
Victoria Lake Maryborough (Maryborough)Mar0.7 5,000        
Victoria Lake Shepparton (Shepparton)Oct560.0       20  
Victoria Lake Shepparton (Shepparton)Oct560.0       70  
Victoria Lake Shepparton (Shepparton)Jan1.81,000         
Victoria Lake Shepparton (Shepparton)Jan1.0       5,000  
Victoria Lake Shepparton (Shepparton)Feb1.2 3,329        
Victoria Lake Shepparton (Shepparton)Mar0.7 3,900        
Victoria Lake Shepparton (Shepparton)Mar0.7 28,150        
Walkers Lake (Avon Plains)Feb0.9 10,000        
Walkers Lake (Avon Plains)Feb1.0       10,000  
Watchem Lake (Watchem)Feb1.0       5,000  
Watchem Lake (Watchem)Feb0.9 5,000        
Willow Lake (Hopetoun)Apr5.0 21,900        
Wimmera River (Horsham)Jan0.9 100,000        
Wimmera River (Horsham)Feb1.0       20,000  
Wimmera River (Horsham)Mar0.9 50,000        
Wooroonook Lake (Charlton)Feb0.9 5,000        
Wooroonook Lake (Charlton)Feb1.0       10,000  
Yarriambiack Creek (Brim)Mar0.7 9,000