Salmonid Fish Releases 2000

Note Number: FN0153
Published: January 2001

Fisheries Victoria Salmonid Stocking Plan

Stocking Plans are developed annually as part of the management consultation process between Fisheries Victoria and DNRE Regional staff. The meetings consider in detail the performance of existing stocking programs, the results of stock assessment surveys, creel survey or C/ERP data, and anything else that has or might impact on the ongoing fishery e.g. environmental conditions, water levels.

Requests by client groups for changes to current stocking programs and the implementation of new stocking pro-grams are considered. VRFish, the Victorian Recreational Fishing Peak Body, represents recreational anglers at these meetings.

Stocking Plans are subject to 'last minute' variation due to natural factors e.g. flood, drought, or man-made impacts such as excessive algal blooms, major works on storages, etc. Explanatory notes are provided where a planned release has been amended. Amendments are agreed to by DNRE Regional staff and VRFish before implementation.

Extended fish supply contract negotiations and low lake levels resulted in a delayed start to the fish release program. Some scheduled releases were cancelled and others modified.

While part of the overall Salmonid Stocking Plan, the 'Small Waters Stocking Program' is reported separately. Dry conditions also impacted on this stocking plan.

Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout

Water StockedMonthFish
Albert Park L., Albert Park910+-1 593
Aringa Res., Port Fairy129-105001 000
Barwon R., Ceres128*3 000-
Batyo Catyo L., DonaldU/S

Beaufort L., Beaufort1181 000-
Berwick Springs Estate

     L., Berwick (a)10-1110+-2 000
Blue Rock L., Willow Grove10-129-1010 000-
(See also 'Part 2 - Client Group Stocking Programs')
Bolac L., Lake Bolac10-129-10+10 00010 000
Bostock Res., Ballan1293 000-
Bullarto Res., Bullarto7101 000-
Bullen Merri L., Camperdown10-128-10+-15 000
Cairn Curran Res., Maldon10-118-9*18 000-
Cartcarrong L, Winslow1291 000-
Colbrook Res., Ballan128200-
Colongulac L., CamperdownU/S

Cosgrove Res., Creswick1281 000-
Dean Res., Dean128500-
Deep L., DerrinallumU/S

Dock L., HorshamU/S

Eildon L., Eildon10-118*31 000-
(See also 'Part 2 - Client Group Stocking Programs')
Eildon Pondage, Eildon1, 7-125-10+*8 000-

1-5R2YO*3 000600



1, 10-123YO275275

Elingamite L., Cobden98-92 000500
Fyans L., Pomonal9-1010-10+*5 400*5 400
Gillear L., Allansford129-101 0001 000
Glenmaggie L., Heyfield119*2 000-
Goldfields Res., MaryboroughU/S

Gong Gong Res., Ballarat10-129-102 5002 500
Greenhill L., AraratU/S

Hamilton L., Hamilton9113 000-
Hanging Rock L., Hanging RockU/S

Harcourt Res., Harcourt Nth.1010-5 000
Hepburn Lagoon, Blampied10-129-10+*4 500*4 500

122-35 0005 000
Hollands Cr., Tatong109*1 000-
Hopkins R., Allansford910*2 000-
Hume Res., WodongaN/S

(See also 'Part 2 - Client Group Stocking Programs')
Jil Jil L., Donald910+-784
Konongwootong Res., Coleraine119-10+1 5001 500
Lang Lang R., Lang Lang (b)119*3 200-
Lauriston Res., Kyneton697 500-
Learmonth L., LearmonthU/S

Lillydale L., Lilydale9-1110+-2 000
Macalister R., Heyfield:

- above Lake Glenmaggie11-128-10*5 0007,000
- below Lake Glenmaggie119*2 000-
Malmsbury Res., Malmsbury109*6 750-

1227 500-
Merri R., Warrnambool:

- below Weir109*6 000-
- above Weir128*1 300-
Modewarre L., Mt. Moriac119-10+*4 500*3 545
Moorabool Res., Bolwarrah11-1296 000-
Mount Beauty Pondage129-10*1 000*1 000
Mount Emu Cr.

- Below Castlecarey128*2 000-
- Skipton128*300-
Murdeduke L., Winchelsea1110+-*9 000
Narracan L., Yallourn12910 000-
Natimuk L., NatimukU/S

Newlyn Res., Newlyn11-128-9*3 600-

1224 000-
Nursery Res., MacedonU/S

Purrumbete L., Camperdown8-129-10+*15 000*5 000
(See also 'Part 2 - Client Group Stocking Programs')
Rocklands Res., Balmoral12910 000-
Ryans Cr., Molyullah1010*500-
Sugarloaf Res., Christmas HillsN

Talbot Res., TalbotU/S

Teddington Res's., Stuart Mill:U/S

Tooliorook L., Lismore11-129-105 0001 000
Toolondo Res., Toolondo108-10*18 000-
Upper Coliban Res., Kyneton1197 500-
Wallace L., Edenhope1181 0002 225
Wartook L., Halls Gap11-128-107 000-
Wendouree L., Ballarat8-128-10+*6 000*10 148
West Barwon Dam, Forrest1110-1 000
Wombat Res., Daylesford119-101 0001 000
Wurdi Boluc Res., Wurdiboluc119-102 0002 000

265 915102 445

Chinook salmon

Water StockedMonthFish
Purrumbete L., Camperdown1192 500
Sub Total

2 500

Atlantic Salmon

Water StockedMonthFish
Bullen Merri L., Camperdown555 300
Sub Total

5 300

Small Waters Stocking Program

Fisheries Victoria undertakes an annual program of stocking ongrown or advanced yearling trout in small waters (normally less than 5 hectares surface area) in, or adjacent to, population centres, the waters being accessible and safe for both junior and disabled anglers.

School holiday periods are usually targeted for these releases, with the majority of the releases being made to coincide with the second and third semester holidays when water temperatures are best suited to trout. In most instances rainbow trout are stocked as they are normally bigger than the available brown trout at that time of year and are reputedly easier to catch by inexperienced anglers. 

Water StockedMonthFish
Anderson L., Chiltern910+-400
Arboretum L., Euroa910+-200
Bartlett L., Tatura910+-200
Cato L., StawellU/S

Caulfield Racecourse L.910+-200
Charlie's Dam, Bairnsdale910+-300
Cobden L., CobdenU/S

Condolucci's Dam, KorumburraU/S

Donald Caravan Park L.U/S

Dunmunkle Cr., Rupanyup910+-100
Emerald L., Emerald910+-400
Fosters Dam, GlenrowanU/S

Gutheridge L., Sale910+-765
Heyfield Wetlands, Maffra1110-550
Hyland L., Churchill910+-500
Jack Roper Reserve L.,

Jubilee L., Daylesford910+-100
Kennington Res., Bendigo910+-300
Kerford L., Beechworth910+-400
King L., RutherglenU/S

Lismore Golf Club

     Dam, LismoreU/S

Marysville Dam, Marysville910+-200
Morwell L., Morwell9-1210-10+-1 000
Neanger L., EaglehawkU/S

Police Paddock Dam, Horsham910+-400
Rable Park L., Murtoa910+-200
Rawson Dam, Rawson910+-300
Rotary Park L., Bendigo710+-200
Rowville Lakes, Knox9-1110-10+-800
Roxburgh Park Lakes910+-200
St. Georges L., Creswick910+-200
Seagull L., Corio910+-300
Tea Tree L., Mortlake910+-200
Tom Thumb L., Eaglehawk910+-100
Trudy's Dam, Bairnsdale910+-300
Victoria L., Ballarat910+-200
Watonga Drive Dam, Horsham910+-300
Weeroona L., BendigoU/S

Whittlesea Botanical

     Gardens L., Whittlesea1010+-200
Sub Total

10 015

Client Group Stocking Programs

The department has entered into a joint program with Trout Services Victoria and the FutureFish Foundation of salmonid fry/fingerling releases in selected waters. The aim is to determine the return to anglers from small fish stocked in large numbers compared with returns to anglers from stocking yearling fish, the department's normal practice. 

Fry/fingerling trout are unmarked. Finclipping is not an option because of the size of fish and the trauma of clipping during the warmer months of the year.

Other client group releases authorised by the department for which fish release details have been confirmed are also listed. Authorised stockings for which no stocking report has been received will be listed at some future date when the required information is available.

NOTE: Under Section 530 of the Fisheries Regulations 1998, it is an offence to stock fish into any Victorian water, both public and private, without the written per-mission of the Director, Fisheries Victoria. Penalty: up to $2 000.

Water StockedMonthFish
Blue Rock L., Willow Grove(c)FF 335 000-
Cudgewa Cr., CudgewaFF 1210 000-
Eildon L., EildonFF 113-200 852
Hume Res., WodongaFF 1330 000-
Purrumbete L., CamperdownFF 93-100 000
Tullaroop R., MaryboroughTSV250 00025 000
Sub Total

95 000325 852

Total releases - Numbers

3.1 Fisheries Victoria (Parts 1.1 to 1.4 above)
Fingerling-16 5005 000-21 500

- clipped-*150 050*38 593-*188 643
- unclipped5 30095 20067 1172 500170 117
All yearling5 300245 250105 7102 500358 760
% clipped-61.236.5-52.6
Rising 2YO-*3000*600-*3 600
2YO-890875-1 765


Sub-Total5 300265 915112 4602 500386 175
% clipped-57.735.2-50.0
3.2 Client Group Stockings (Part 2 above)
Fingerling-95 000325 852--
Sub Total-95 000325 852-420 852
3.3 All Salmonid Stockings (Departmental & client group)
All Fish5 300360 915438 3122 500807 027

Total releases - Weight (kg)

4.1   Fisheries Victoria (Parts 1.1 to 1.4 above)
Yearling78.526 38920 933.128847 688.6
Rising 2YO-822168-990
2YO-597803-1 400
3YO-745650-1 395

78.528 569.122 570.8528851 506.45

4.2   Client Groups
(Part 2 above)@

Fish release sizes (FV Programs only)

(g. per fish)
% of
% of
% of
% of
1to 25to 0.2----
226 - 500.3 - 1.5-<1--
351 - 751.6 - 5--<1-
476 - 1005.1 - 12----
5101 - 12512.1 - 23100---
6126 - 15024 - 40----
7151 - 17541 - 62----
8176 - 20063 - 91-19.43.1100
9201 - 22592 - 133-61.1--
10226 - 250134 - 188-18.429.0-
Average fish weights 2000 (Fisheries Victoria Programs):
Yearlings:  Brown trout 107.6g
Rainbow trout 198.1g
Chinook salmon 115.2g
R2YORanged in individual fish weight between 242g and 300g; average weight was 275g.
2YORanged in individual fish weight between 576g to 1 296g; average weight was 793g.
3YORanged in individual fish weight between 2 040g to 3 000g; average weight was 2 072g.


Man Days229
Liberation vehicles91 906 km


*Indicates fin-clipped fish were released. Where fin-clipped fish were only part of the stocking, the number of marked fish is shown in brackets. Left Ventral fin (LV) was the standard clip for 2000. The angler volunteer finclip program FINCLIP 2000 clipped nearly 190 000 fish.
&Includes assistance with client group releases, with the exception of the FutureFish release of rainbow trout fingerlings into Purrumbete L.
@Data incomplete - no weight available for FutureFish release of 100 000 RT fingerling into Purrumbete L.
(a)Includes release of 752 fish diverted from stock-ing of Albert Park L.
ASAtlantic salmon.
(b)Additional 200 fish diverted from unsuitable Condolucci's Dam (Small Waters Stocking Plan).
BTBrown trout.
(c)Original, approved target water was Glenmaggie Lake. Water conditions unsuitable for salmonid release, fish diverted to Blue Rock Lake. 
CSChinook salmon
MonthThe date of release in months (i.e. 4 = April, 10 = October). Where the total allocation was re-leased over several months, the first and last months of releases are usually shown.
FFFutureFish Foundation.
TSVTrout Services Victoria.
NStocking cancelled at request of Melbourne Water.
N/SNot stocked
RTRainbow trout.
U/SWater conditions unsuitable for stocking.
R2YORising two-year-old fish
2YOTwo-year-old fish.
3YOThree-year-old fish.


Published by Marc Ainsworth