Salmonid Fish Releases 2005

Note Number: FN0173
Published: May 2006
Updated: December 2007

Fisheries Victoria Salmonid Stocking Plan

Stocking Plans are developed as part of the annual consultation process (CONS) involving the Victorian Recreational Fishing peak 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 i.e. environmental conditions, water levels.

Requests by stakeholders for changes to current stocking programs and the implementation of new stocking programs are considered.

Stocking Plans are subject to 'last minute' variation due to natural factors i.e. flood, drought, algal blooms or manmade impacts such as major works on storages. Explanatory notes are provided where a planned release has been amended. Where possible, VRFish are consulted before variations are implemented.

Continuing dry conditions experienced in parts of the State during 2005 meant some scheduled releases were cancelled and others modified.

While part of the overall Salmonid Stocking Plan, the 'Small Waters Stocking Program', which is now referred to as the Family Fishing Lakes Stocking Program, is reported separately.

Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout

Water StockedMonthFish SizeBrown troutRainbow trout
Aringa Res., Port Fairy73500-

Banimboola L., Dartmouth1152000-

Barker's Cr. Res., Harcourt114 & 54000-
Beaufort L., Beaufort941000-

Bellfield Reservoir103-5000
Berwick Sps. Est. L., Berwick64-1000
Blue Rock L., Willow Grove113 to 515000-
Bostock Res., Ballan834000-

Bullarto Res., Bullarto63500500
Bullen Merri L., Camperdown73 & 410000-

103 to 5-10000
Cairn Curran Res., Maldon125 & 610000*-
Cartcarrong L, Winslow731000-
Colbrook Res., Ballan94200-
Cosgrove Res., Creswick841000-

Dean Res., Dean64500-

Eildon Lake124 & 5119435025
Eildon Pondage, Eildon

2 Year Old


3 Year Old

Elingamite L., Cobden842000-

Fyans L., Pomonal (a)735000-
Gillear L., Allansford7310001000
Glenmaggie L., Heyfield103-2000*
Goldfields Res., Maryborough94200-
Gong Gong Res., Ballarat73-1000
Hamilton L., Hamilton822000-

Hepburn Lagoon, Blampied735000-

Hollands Cr., Tatong831000*-
Hopkins R., Allansford832000*-
Hume Weir., Albury Wodonga1035000*-
Karkarook Lake104-5000
Konongwootong Res., Coleraine83-2000
Lauriston Res., Kyneton114 & 57500-
Macalister R., Heyfield:

- below Lake Glenmaggie1032000*
- above Lake Glenmaggie124-6420
Malmsbury Res., Malmsbury1154000-
Merri R., Warrnambool937300*-
Mount Beauty Pondage1151000-

Mount Emu Cr., Darlington - Skipton943450*-
Moyne R., Port Fairy942000*-
Narracan L., Yallourn837000-

Newlyn Res., Newlyn634000-
Nursery Res., Macedon93 & 4500500
Purrumbete L., Camperdown9315000*-


Rocklands Res., Balmoral828500-

93 & 411200-
Ryans Cr., Molyullah83500*-
St. Georges L., Creswick73 & 41000-

Talbot Res., Talbot941000-
Tarwin River East Branch83-1000
Tullaroop Res., Maryborough1035000*-
Upper Coliban Res., Kyneton1043000-
Wartook L., Halls Gap737000-
West Barwon Dam., Forrest93-4000
Wombat Res., Daylesford73 & 410001000
Wurdi Boluc Res., Wurdiboluc1143500-

113 & 4-4000

228 95792 057

Atlantic Salmon

Water StockedMonthFish SizeAtlantic salmon
Bullen Merri L., Camperdown622500

2 500

Chinook Salmon

Water StockedMonthFish SizeChinook salmon
Bullen Merri L., Camperdown113 & 422300
Purrumbete L., Camperdown113 & 412385

34 685

1.4 Family Fishing Lakes Program

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

School holiday periods are usually targeted for these releases, with the majority coinciding with the second and third term school 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.

Also included are several stockings made outside of the school holiday period for special events held around October each year.

Water StockedMonthFish SizeBrown troutRainbow trout
Alans Flat Dredge hole94 & 5-400
Alexandra L., Ararat94 & 5-400
Anderson L., Chiltern105-300
Arboretum L., Euroa94 & 5-400
Bannockburn Lagoon94 & 5-1000
Calambeen Lake95-300
Cato L., Stawell94 & 5-600
Caulfield Racecourse L., Caulfield94 & 5-400
Dunmunkle Cr. L., Rupanyup94-300
Emerald L., Emerald94 & 5-1800
Esmond Lake94 & 5-400
Ess Lagoon., Casterton94 & 5-1000
Golf Course Dam., Longwood94-200
Gutheridge L., Sale105-250
Guyatt L., Sale64-250
Hanging Rock L., Hanging Rock94-1000
Heyfield Racecourse L., Heyfield95-200
Hyland L., Churchill94 & 5-2250
Jack Roper Res. L.,94-750


Jubilee L., Daylesford94 & 5-400
Jubilee L., Skipton94-250
Kennington Res., Bendigo95-600
Lillydale L., Lilydale94 & 5-2550
Marysville Dam, Marysville94 & 5
Mooroopna Rec Res Lake105-200
Morwell L., Morwell95 to 7-1500
Old Dunkeld Aboretum94 & 5-400
Pakenham L., Pakenham114-2000
Police Paddock Dam, Horsham94-600
Rabl Park L., Murtoa94-300
Rowville Lakes, Knox94 & 5-1500
Roxburgh Park Lakes95-400
St. Augustines, Geelong94 & 5
St. Arnaud Old Swimming65-200
Sambell L., Beechworth94 & 5-1000
Seagull L., Corio95-2100
Tea Tree L., Mortlake94 & 5-400
Tom Thumb L., Eaglehawk95-200
Victoria L., Ballarat94 & 5-800
Westlake Reserve, Melton94 & 5-800
Yarrambat L, Yarrambat (RFL)95-850

-30 050

Total releases – numbers

(Parts 1.1 to 1.4 above)
Advanced yearlings-30050--35050
2 YO26453477--6122
3 YO581480--1061
Sub-total228 519125 2522 50034 685390 956

Total releases – weight

(Parts 1.1 to 1.4 above)
Advanced yearlings-6984--6984

2 YO52906259--11549
3 YO20341680--3714
Sub-total30 71423 334
7554 123

Fish release sizes

SizeWeight Range (g)SizeWeight Range (g)

Fish weight ranges 2005 (Fisheries Victoria Programs):
Yearlings:Brown trout20 – 145g

Rainbow trout32 – 120g

Atlantic salmon<50g

Chinook salmon67 – 178g
Advanced yearlings:Rainbow trout150 – 250g
2YORanged in individual fish weight between 1.9 and 2.2kg for brown trout and 1.5 and 2.0kg for rainbow trout
3YORanged in individual fish weight between 3.0 and 4.5kg for brown trout and 3.0 and 4.2kg for rainbow trout


Man Days224
Km's traveled86 148


*Indicates fin-clipped fish were released. Adipose was the standard clip for 2005.
**Indicates fin-clipped fish were released. Adipose and right ventral fin clip.
^Indicates dart tagged fish were released
(a)Received partial allocation in 2005 due to low water level.
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.
BTBrown trout.
RTRainbow trout.
CSChinook salmon
ASAtlantic salmon
2YOTwo-year-old fish.
3YOThree-year-old fish.


It was reviewed by:

Robert Gibb, Melbourne in December 2007.