Salmonid Fish Releases 2003

Note Number: FN0161
Published: December 2003

Fisheries Victoria Salmonid Stocking Plan

Stocking Plans are developed annually as part of the management consultation process between Fisheries Victoria and Regional staff. The meetings consider in detail 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 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. Regional staff and VRFish agree to amendments before implementation.

Continuing dry conditions experienced in parts of the State during 2003 meant some scheduled releases were cancelled and others modified.

While part of the overall Salmonid Stocking Plan, the 'Small Waters Stocking Program' is reported separately. This Fisheries Note includes details of the 'Ten Waters Trout Stocking Program' – see Notes (section 7.) for an explanation.

Brown trout and Rainbow trout

Water StockedMonthFish SizeBrown TroutRainbow Trout
Albert Park L., Albert Park (a)106-1 000
Aringa Res., Port Fairy7/931 500-
73-1 000
Banimboola L., Dartmouth1031 500
104-3 000
Barwon R., Ceres-Inverleigh(d)---
Batyo Catyo L, DonaldU/S---
Beaufort L, Beaufort741 000-
73-1 000
Berwick Springs Estate L., Berwick7/92-4-2 000
Blue Rock L., Willow Grove
(See also 'Part 2 - Client Group Stocking
7-8310 000-
Bostock Res., Ballan823 000-
82-2 000
Bullarto Res., Bullarto83500-
Bullen Merri L., Camperdown7210 000*-
83-10 000
Cairn Curran Res., Maldon  (T)U/S---
Cartcarrong L, Winslow7/92-32 000-
Colbrook Res., Ballan74200-
Cosgrove Res., Creswick741 000-
72-1 000
Dean Res., Dean64500-
Deep L., DerrinallumU/S---
Dock L., HorshamU/S---
Eildon Pondage, Eildon472 500-
7-981 340-
8-118-1 750
11/124-51 750-
Elingamite L., Cobden833 000-
Fyans L., Pomonal  (T)825 400*-
83-5 400*
1216 000-
121-6 000
Gillear L., Allansford7/92-32 000-
72-1 000
Glenmaggie L., Heyfield832 000*-
Goldfields Res., Maryborough82200-
Gong Gong Res., BallaratU/S---
Goulburn River, Thornton95250(e)-
Greenhill L., AraratU/S---
Hamilton L., Hamilton7/92-33 000-
72-2 000
Harcourt Res., Harcourt Nth. (T)U/S---
Hepburn Lagoon, Blampied  (T)U/S---
Hollands Cr., Tatong721 000*-
Hopkins R., Allansford722 000*-
Hume Weir, Albury-Wodonga11410 000-
Jil Jil L., DonaldU/S---
Konongwootong Res., Coleraine6/922 000-

62-1 000
Lauriston Res., Kyneton1037 500-
Lillydale L., Lilydale7/102-6-2 000
Macalister R., Heyfield:
- above Lake Glenmaggie8/937 000*-
- below Lake Glenmaggie83-7 000*
Malmsbury Res., Malmsbury  (T)U/S

Merri R., Warrnambool:637 300*-
Modewarre L., Mt. Moriac  (T)724 500*-
83-4 500*
1215 000-
121-5 000
Moorabool Res., BolwarrahU/S---
Mount Beauty Pondage1161 000-
116-1 500
Mount Emu Cr., Darlington633 300*-
Murdeduke L., Winchelsea  (T)U/S---
Narracan L., Yallourn1147 000-
114-3 000
Natimuk L., NatimukU/S---
Newlyn Res., Newlyn  (T)1143 600*-
1214 000-
Nursery Res., Macedon821 000-
Purrumbete L., Camperdown  (T)6215 000-
6/72-15 000
Rocklands Res., Balmoral7-10322 000-
Ryans Cr., Molyullah72500*-
St.Georges L., Creswick74500-
Talbot Res., Talbot1031 000-
Tarwin River East Branch83-1 000*
Teddington Res's., Stuart Mill:
- Top Res.U/S---
- Bottom  Res.8-1 500-
Tooliorook L., Lismore8-1033 000-
82-4 000
Toolondo Res., Toolondo  (T)U/S---
Trawool Reservoir, Trawool932 000*-
Upper Coliban Res., KynetonU/S---
Wallace L., EdenhopeU/S---
Wartook L., Halls Gap7-10314 000-
Wendouree L., Ballarat933 000-
6-72-8 000
West Barwon Dam, Forrest72-4 000
Wombat Res., Daylesford831 000-
83-1 000
Wurdi Boluc Res., Wurdiboluc7-102-36 000-
72-4 000
Sub-Total--194 590101 150

Atlantic salmon

Water StockedMonthFish SizeAtlantic Salmon
Bullen Merri L., Camperdown722 500
Purrumbete L., Camperdown722 500
Sub Total--5 000

Chinook salmon

Water StockedMonthFish SizeChinook Salmon
Bullen Merri L., Camperdown647 250
Purrumbete L., Camperdown642 500
Sub Total--9 750

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 re-leases, 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. 

This reporting also includes several stockings made to 'Fishing Week 2003' events and other special one-off occasions.

Water StockedMonthFish SizeBrown TroutRainbow Trout
Alexandra L., Ararat6-95-400
Anderson L., Chiltern105-300
Arboretum L., Euroa6-95-400
Bartlett L., Tatura65-200
Cato L., Stawell9/105-500
Caulfield Racecourse L., Caulfield75-200
Cummins Reserve L, YeaU/S---
Dawsons Dam, Snake Valley93100-
Donald Caravan Park L., DonaldU/S

Dunmunkle Cr. L., Rupanyup95-300
Emerald L., Emerald (a) (b)6/9/105-2 061
Ess Lagoon,Casterton6/92-5-800
Gate Lake, Mornington93100-
Golf Course Dam, Longwood95-200
Gutheridge L., Sale105-250
Guyatt L.,  Sale65-250
Hanging Rock L., Hanging Rock105-500
Heyfield Racecourse L., Heyfield95-200
Hyland L., Churchill6/94-6500-
6/9/114-6-1 800
Jack Roper Reserve L.,
Jubilee L., Daylesford6/95-400
Jubilee L., SkiptonU/S---
Kennington Res., Bendigo6/95-600
Lismore Golf Club   Dam, LismoreU/S---
Marysville Dam, Marysville6/95-400
Morwell L., Morwell6-105-2 000
Old Dunkeld Arboretum6/95-1 000
Police Paddock Dam, Horsham95-200
Rable Park L., Murtoa95-300
Railway dam, Skipton65-250
Rowville Lakes, Knox6/95-1 250
Roxburgh Park Lakes6/95-6-400
St. Augustines, Geelong6/95-6-400
Sambell L., Beechworth6-105-900
Seagull L., Corio6-105-6-900
Taylors Lakes., KeilorU/S---
Tea Tree L., Mortlake6/95-400
Tom Thumb L., Eaglehawk6/95-200
Victoria L., Ballarat9/105-400
Watonga Drive Dam, HorshamU/S---
Westlake Reserve, Melton105-300
Whittlesea Botanical Gardens L., WhittleseaU/S---
Yarrambat L, Yarrambat6-105-6-850
Sub Total--70020 761

Client group stocking programs

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

NOTE:  It is an offence to stock fish into any Victorian water, both public and private, without the written per-mission of the Executive Director, Fisheries Division.  Penalty: up to $2 000.

Water StockedMonthFish SizeBrown TroutRainbow Trout
Blue Rock L., Willow GroveFF 111-50 000
Eildon L., EildonFF 11/121-250 000
Lilydale L, LilydaleYVFF 105/6-300
Moyne R, Port Fairy (c)WFF 822 000*-
Rowville L's., RowvilleRW 126/8-202
Tullaroop Res, MaryboroughBDAAU/S--
Wendouree L., BallaratBFAS23 000-
Sub Total--5 000300 502

Total releases - Numbers

3.1   Fisheries Victoria (Parts 1.1 to 1.3 above)
Fingerling15 00011 000--26 000
Yearling174 200108 1615 0009 750297 111
2YO5 8402 500--8 340
Sub-Total195 290121 9115 0009 750331 951
3.2   Client Group Stockings (Part 2 above)
Fingerling-300 000--300 000
Yearling5 000500--5 500
Sub-Total5 000300 502--305 502
3.3 Total Stockings (3.1 & 3.2 above)
All Fish200 290422 4135 0009 750637 453

Total releases - Weight (kg)

4.1 Fisheries Victoria (Parts 1.1 to 1.3 above)
Yearling15 62315 2395097531 887
2YO6 4243 250--9 674
3YO700775--1 475
Sub Total22 77719 3035097543 105
4.2 Client Groups (Part 2 above)
Fingerling-1 200--1 200
Sub Total4001 308--1 708
4.3 All Fish (Parts 4.1 and 4.2 above)
All Fish23 17720 6115097544 813

Fish release sizes

SizeWeight Range (g)
Fish weight ranges  2003 (Fisheries Victoria Programs):
FingerlingsBrown trout:2g
Rainbow trout:3.5g
Yearlings:Brown trout20 - 145g
Rainbow trout32 - 300g
Atlantic salmon30 - 35g
Chinook salmon110 - 120g
2YORanged in individual fish weight between 1.3 and 1.8kg for brown trout and 1.1 and 1.5kg for rainbow trout.
3YORanged in individual fish weight between 3.1 and 4.5kg for brown trout and 3.0 and 4.2kg for rainbow trout.


Man Days223
Liberation vehicles91,869 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. Adipose fin
 (AD) was the standard clip for 2003.

The angler volunteer fin-clip program FINCLIP did not occur in 2003 because of warm water temperatures in the Goulburn River caused by drought conditions.
(a)    Albert Park Lake is stocked to provide fishing opportunities for junior anglers during the 'Kid's Come & Try' fishing days which are part of Fishing Week. Parks Victoria require the removal of the fish after the event. Recovered trout were subsequently released into Emerald Lake.
(b)    600 of these rainbow trout were purchased using funds from the Recreational Fishing Licence Trust Fund.
(c)Purchased and transported by Fisheries Victoria on behalf of Warrnambool Fly Fishers using funds from the Recreational Fishing Licence
(d)Stocking cancelled pending resolution of threatened species issues with DSE.
(e)Dart tagged trout stocked as part of a PIRVIC (Snobs Creek) research project.
MonthThe date of release in months (i.e. 4 = April, 10 = October).  Where the total allocation was released over several months, the first and last months of releases are usually shown.
BDAABallarat & District Angling Association
BFASBallarat Fish Acclimatisation Society
FFFutureFish Foundation
RCPRocklands Caravan Park
RWRay White Real Estate Pty. Ltd.
YVFFYarra Valley Flyfishers
TTen Waters Trout Stocking Program.  A five-year trial program of stocking selected waters each year with both yearling fish (fin-clipped) and fingerling fish.  The objective of the program is to assess the relative contributions to fish stock and anglers take from the release of two size classes of fish. Drought impacts, low water levels and maintenance works by water management authorities has meant that some these waters have not received fingerling fish in 2003 as anticipated.
U/SWater conditions unsuitable for stocking due to low water level (drought impacts) or maintenance works.
BTBrown Trout
RTRainbow Trout
ASAtlantic salmon
2YOTwo-year-old fish
3YOThree-year-old fish.


Published by Marc Ainsworth