Salmonid fish releases

We release trout and salmon into Victoria's public waterways generally between April and November each year. Most of these fish are released into lakes and impoundments where they provide enhanced recreational fishing opportunities for anglers.

Most trout and salmon stocked by the Authority are released as yearlings weighing between 30 and 60 grams (10 cm in length), for put-grow-and-take fisheries. Small numbers of larger trout are stocked during holiday periods for direct put-and-take fisheries in small lakes and ponds close to urban and regional centres.

The annual regional consultative meetings (Vic Fish Stock) provide a forum for discussion on fish stocking regimes, fish population surveys and other related recreational fisheries management issues. To access the reports from 2005 - present see Vic Fish Stock reports.

In many streams, trout fisheries are based on self-sustaining wild stocks. All aquatic organisms that are stocked into Inland waters must comply with the Protocols for the Translocation of Fish in Victorian Inland Public Waters.

For further information about trout stocking in Victoria see:

For an historical list of salmonid stocking in Victorian waters by the Victorian Fisheries Authority see the list below: