Have your say on the 10 million fish stocking plan

Introduction

As part of the Victorian State Government's Target One Million plan to get more people fishing more often – there is a commitment to increase fish stocking to 10 million fish by 2022.

The following Draft Fish Stocking Plan delivers on this Target One Million commitment and proposes the release of a record 10 million fish in the upcoming stocking year (April 2021-March 2022).

The Draft Fish Stocking Plan has been developed by the recreational fishing community and the VFA over many years. Stocking waters, species and numbers are determined based on fishery aspirations, recent stocking history, fishery performance, fish availability, consideration of existing fish and ecological communities, public access to waters and environmental factors.

Key highlights for the 2021-22 draft stocking include

    Trout

    • Lakes Eildon and Hume brown trout increased to 200,000 each
    • Pykes Creek Reservoir trout increased from 10,000 to 30,000, with a large increase in rainbow trout
    • Lake Bellfield brown trout increased to further develop a multi-species year-round fishery
    • Wurdiboluc Reservoir rainbow trout stocking doubled to 30,000
    • Lake William Hovell brown and rainbow trout doubled to 50,000 of each
    • Increased trout stocking in Hopkins River and Mt Emu Creek
    • Lake Colac to receive 10,000 rainbow trout

    Australian bass

    • Mitchell River bass stocking increased from 60,000 to 100,000
    • Cann River bass stocking increased to 30,000
    • Bass in Lake Bullen Merri doubled to 10,000
    • Tambo River bass stocking doubled to 10,000
    • Timbarra River bass stocking doubled to 10,000

    Murray cod and golden perch

    • One million native fish into Lake Eppalock including a huge increase of Murray cod from 80,000 to 500,000
    • One million native fish into Lake Eildon - 500,000 Murray cod, 500,000 golden perch
    • One million native fish stocked into Rocklands Reservoir
    • Wimmera River golden perch up from 300,000 to 500,000
    • Broken Creek golden perch stocking increased from 30,000 to 100,000
    • Broken River golden perch stocking doubled to 100,000
    • Cairn Curran Reservoir golden perch stocking increased to 150,000
    • Lake Nillahcootie golden perch up from 30,000 to 100,000
    • Upper Coliban Reservoir golden perch doubled to 100,000
    • Melton Reservoir golden perch increased by 30,000 to 50,000
    • Murray cod stocking in Lake Hume doubled to 200,000
    • Lake Buffalo clear water native fishery development given boost with increased Murray cod
    • More golden perch into Albert Park Lake

    Silver perch

    • Buffalo Lake to get silver perch for first time
    • Upper Coliban to get silver perch for first time

    Estuary perch

    • Barwon River estuary perch stocking boosted to 100,000
    • Devilbend Reservoir estuary perch increased to 50,000
    • Werribee River estuary perch stocking increased to 30,000

Public consultation

Victoria has a wide range of waters suitable for recreational fishing and many are stocked to create exciting fisheries.

The VFA sought input on the Draft Stocking Plan from people who have an interest in our stocked fisheries, to ensure that the best use continues to be made of publicly-funded fish stocking programs.

Submissions on the Draft Fish Stocking Plan closed on Friday 12 February 2021.

All submissions will be considered for possible inclusion in the final stocking plan by the VFA, VRFish, Native Fish Australia, Australian Trout Foundation, other recreational fisher representatives and Government agencies through the Vic Fish Stock meetings to be held in late February.

The final stocking plan will be released by 1 April 2021.

For further information about the Draft Fish Stocking Plan, please email John Douglas, Fisheries Manager at john.douglas@vfa.vic.gov.au

Draft Fish Stocking Plan 2021-2022

Australian Bass

400000

Avon River (Stratford to Valencia Creek)

15000

Blue Rock Lake (Willow Grove)

50000

Bullen Merri Lake (Camperdown)

10000

Cann River

30000

Cowwarr Weir (Cowwarr)

2000

Ferntree Gully Quarry

1000

Glenmaggie Lake (Glenmaggie)

50000

Guthridge Lake (Sale)

5000

Hyland Lake  (Churchill)

1000

Latrobe River

20000

Macalister River (Downstream of L. Glenmaggie)

20000

Macalister River (upstream Cheynes Bridge)

2000

Mitchell River (Glenaladale to Augusvale)

100000

Narracan Lake (Moe)

5000

Rainbow Creek (Heyfield/Cowwarr)

1000

Snowy River

50000

Tambo River (Bruthen to Junction with the Haunted Stream)

10000

Thomson River (D/s Cowwarr Weir)

5000

Timbarra River (near Junction with the Tambo River)

20000

Tyers River (Wirilda Park to Caringal)

2000

Valencia Creek (U/s Valencia Creek)

1000

Brown trout

889000

Aringa Reservoir (Port Fairy)

1000

Banimboola Lake (Dartmouth Pondage)

3000

Barkers Creek Reservoir (Harcourt)

10000

Beaufort Lake (Beaufort)

1000

Bellfield Reservoir (Halls Gap)

20000

Blue Rock Lake (Willow Grove)

50000

Bostock Reservoir (Ballan)

2500

Buffalo Lake (Dandongadale)

5000

Bullarto Reservoir (Bullarto)

500

Bullen Merri Lake (Camperdown)

5000

Cairn Curran Reservoir (Maldon)

10000

Cartcarrong Lake (Winslow)

1500

Cosgrave Reservoir (Creswick)

1000

Dean Reservoir (Dean)

500

Deep Lake (Derrinallum)

1000

Devilbend Reservoir (Mooroduc)

10000

Eildon Lake (Eildon)

200000

Elingamite Lake (Cobden)

2000

Ferntree Gully Quarry

500

Fyans Lake (Halls Gap)

10000

Gillear Lake (Allansford)

1000

Goldfields Reservoir (Maryborough)

2000

Goulburn River (Eildon to Molesworth)

10000

Green Hill Lake (Ararat)

2000

Hamilton Lake (Hamilton)

2000

Hepburn Lagoon (Newlyn)

5000

Hopkins River (Kent Ford Road Bridge to the Junction with the Mount Emu Creek)

10000

Hume Lake (Tallangatta)

200000

Konong Wootong Reservoir (Konong Wootong)

2000

Lauriston Reservoir (Lauriston)

30000

Macalister River (D/s of L. Glenmaggie)

2000

Malmsbury Reservoir (Malmsbury)

5000

Merri River (Grassmere to Dennington)

10000

Moorabool Reservoir (Bolwarrah)

20000

Mount Beauty Pondage (Mount Beauty)

1000

Mount Emu Creek (Skipton to Panmure)

5000

Moyne River (Rosebrook to Toolong North)

2000

Narracan Lake (Moe)

2500

Newlyn Reservoir (Newlyn)

20000

Purrumbete Lake (Camperdown)

10000

Pykes Creek Reservoir (Ballan)

10000

Rocklands Reservoir (Balmoral)

20000

St Georges Lake (Creswick)

1000

Talbot Reservoir (Evansford)

2000

Tooliorook Lake (Lismore)

5000

Toolondo Reservoir (Toolondo)

20000

Tullaroop Reservoir (Carisbrook)

50000

Upper Coliban Reservoir (Kyneton)

40000

Upper Sandy Creek Dam (Upper Sandy Creek)

1000

Upper Stoney Creek Reservoir (Durdidwarrah)

5000

Wallace Lake (Edenhope)

2000

Wartook Lake (Halls Gap)

15000

Wendouree Lake (Ballarat)

6000

West Barwon Dam (Forrest)

5000

William Hovell Lake (Cheshunt South)

10000

Wombat Reservoir (Daylesford)

1000

Wurdiboluc Reservoir (Winchelsea)

20000

Brown trout (ex brood)

1000

Eildon Pondage Weir (Eildon)

1000

Cheetah trout

2500

Purrumbete Lake (Camperdown)

2500

Chinook salmon

40000

Bullen Merri Lake (Camperdown)

20000

Purrumbete Lake (Camperdown)

20000

Estuary perch

400000

Albert Park Lake (Albert Park)

10000

Barwon River (Geelong)

100000

Bemm River

10000

Devilbend Reservoir (Mooroduc)

50000

Hamilton Lake (Hamilton)

10000

Karkarook Lake (Moorabbin)

10000

Lilydale Lake (Lilydale)

10000

Little River (Little River

15000

Maribyrnong River

100000

Mordialloc Creek/National Aquatic Centre

5000

Tyers Lake (Tyers Lake)

50000

Werribee River (Downstream of Melton Weir)

30000

Golden perch

4541000

Albert Park Lake (Albert Park)

10000

Allans Flat Dredge Hole (Allans Flat)

2000

Amaroo Lake (Shepparton)

1000

Anderson Lake (Chiltern)

1000

Arboretum Dam (Euroa)

1000

Avoca River (Charlton to Nattie Yallock)

20000

Barkers Creek Reservoir (Harcourt)

50000

Bartlett Lake (Tatura)

1000

Bealiba Reservoir (Bealiba)

5000

Bellfield Reservoir (Halls Gap)

100000

Big Meran Lake (Meering)

10000

Boga Lake (Lake Boga)

50000

Boosey Creek (Katamatite)

15000

Boosey Creek (Tungamah)

5000

Bringalbert Lake (Bringalbert)

5000

Broken Creek (Dip Bridge to Nathalia)

100000

Broken River  (Benalla --including Benalla Lake--upstream to Nillahcootie)

50000

Broken River (Downstream Benalla to Shepparton)

50000

Buffalo Lake (Dandongadale)

50000

Cairn Curran Reservoir (Maldon)

150000

Campaspe River (Axedale to Rochester)

100000

Carpolac Lake (Carpolac)

5000

Casey Fields Lake (Cranbourne)

1000

Charm Lake (Lake Charm)

60000

Craigmuir Lake (Mooroopna)

1000

Crusoe Reservoir (Bendigo)

5000

Eildon Lake (Eildon)

500000

Eldorado Dredge Hole (Eldorado)

2000

Eppalock Lake (Knowsley)

500000

Ferntree Gully Quarry

1000

First Reedy Lake (Kerang)

5000

Foletti Caravan Park Lake (Donald)

5000

Glenrowan Rec Reserve

1000

Goldfields Reservoir (Maryborough)

5000

Goulburn River (Above  Goulburn Weir to Seymour, including Nagambie)

200000

Goulburn River (Below Goulburn Weir to Yambuna)

60000

Green Lake (Horsham)

20000

Green Lake (Sea lake)

10000

Greens Lake (Corop)

10000

Gunbower Creek (Patho to Spences Bridge)

70000

Hume Lake (Tallangatta)

200000

Inglewood Reservoir (Inglewood)

2000

Kangaroo Lake (Lake Charm)

100000

Karkarook Lake (Moorabbin)

1000

Kerferd Lake (Beechworth)

2000

Kialla Lakes (Shepparton)

5000

King Lake (Rutherglen)

1000

Kings Billabong

10000

Laanecoorie Reservoir (Laanecoorie)

50000

Lascelles Lake (Hopetoun)

10000

Lauriston Reservoir (Lauriston)

50000

Lilydale Lake (Lilydale)

5000

Lindsay River

50000

Little Boort Lake (Boort)

5000

Loddon River (Below Laanecoorie to Fernihurst Weir)

100000

Loddon River (Kerang)

5000

Lowanna Lake (Shepparton)

1000

Malmsbury Reservoir (Malmsbury)

50000

Marma Lake (Murtoa)

4000

Melton Reservoir (Melton)

50000

Miga Lake (Miga)

5000

Moodemere Lake (Rutherglen)

10000

Navan Park Lake (Melton)

1000

Nillahcootie Lake (Barjarg)

100000

Numurkah Lake (Numurkah)

6000

Ouyen Lake

50000

Ovens River (downstream Wangaratta)

50000

Ratzcastle Lake (Kangawall)

5000

Rocklands Reservoir (Balmoral)

500000

Rowville Lakes (Rowville) Sutton and Hill Lakes

1000

Roxburgh Park Lakes (Roxburgh Park)

1000

Sambell Lake (Beechworth)

5000

Serpentine Creek (Duham Ox)

5000

Seven Creeks (Euroa)

5000

Spavan Lake (Sunbury)

1000

St Georges Lake (Creswick)

1000

Stanley Ditch Dam (Stanley)

1000

Taylors Lake (Horsham)

100000

Tchum Lake (Birchip)

8000

Teddington Reservoir  Bottom  (Stuart Mill)

2000

Tullaroop Reservoir (Carisbrook)

100000

Upper Coliban Reservoir (Kyneton)

100000

Victoria Lake (Maryborough)

5000

Victoria Lake (Shepparton)

5000

Walkers Lake (Avon Plains)

10000

Watchem Lake (Watchem)

5000

Willow Lake (Hopetoun)

5000

Wimmera River (Jeparit to Elmhurst)

500000

Wooroonook Lake (Charlton)

5000

Yaapeet

2000

Yarriambiack Creek (Beulah to Warracknabeal)

9000

Macquarie perch (numbers and waterways will depend on production at Snobs Creek hatchery)

10000

Ovens River (Oxley Flats to Rocky Point)

10000

Buffalo River

 

Dartmouth Lake

 

Goulburn River (below Seymour)

 

Kiewa River

 

Ovens River

 

Murray cod

2700000

Albert Park Lake (Albert Park)

1000

Avoca River (Charlton to Nattie Yallock)

10000

Barkers Creek Reservoir (Harcourt)

10000

Bellfield Reservoir (Halls Gap)

50000

Big Meran Lake (Meering)

10000

Boga Lake (Lake Boga)

10000

Boosey Creek (Katamatite)

3000

Broken Creek (Dip Bridge to Nathalia)

10000

Broken River  (Benalla --including Benalla Lake--upstream to Nillahcootie)

20000

Broken River (Downstream Benalla to Shepparton)

20000

Buffalo Lake (Dandongadale)

40000

Cairn Curran Reservoir (Maldon)

50000

Campaspe River (Axedale to Rochester)

50000

Casey Fields Lake (Cranbourne)

1000

Charlegrark Lake (Booroopki)

5000

Charm Lake (Lake Charm)

20000

Corryong-Jerimal Creek

10000

Cudgewa Creek

10000

Cullulleraine Lake (Cullulleraine)

6000

Eildon Lake (Eildon)

500000

Eppalock Lake (Knowsley)

500000

Ferntree Gully Quarry

1000

Goulburn River (Above Goulburn Weir to Seymour, including Lake Nagambie)

20000

Goulburn River (Below Goulburn Weir to Yambuna)

50000

Gunbower Creek (Patho to Spences Bridge)

50000

Hume Lake including Mitta River (Tallangatta)

200000

Kangaroo Lake (Lake Charm)

50000

Karkarook Lake (Moorabbin)

2000

Kiewa River (Baranduda to Dederang)

10000

Kings Billabong

10000

Laanecoorie Reservoir (Laanecoorie)

50000

Lauriston Reservoir (Lauriston)

10000

Lilydale Lake (Lilydale)

2000

Lindsay River

50000

Loddon River (Below Laanecoorie to Fernihurst Weir)

60000

Loddon River (Kerang)

2000

Malmsbury Reservoir (Malmsbury)

10000

Melton Reservoir (Melton)

10000

Navan Park Lake (Melton)

1000

Nillahcootie Lake (Barjarg)

20000

Rocklands Reservoir (Balmoral)

500000

Rowville Lakes (Rowville) Sutton and Hill Lakes

1000

Roxburgh Park Lakes (Roxburgh Park)

1000

Serpentine Creek (Duham Ox)

3000

Taylors Lake (Horsham)

50000

Victoria Lake (Shepparton)

1000

Waranga Basin

50000

Wimmera River (Jeparit to Horsham)

150000

Rainbow trout

447000

Aringa Reservoir (Port Fairy)

1000

Banimboola Lake (Dartmouth Pondage)

3000

Beaufort Lake (Beaufort)

1500

Bellfield Reservoir (Halls Gap)

20000

Blue Rock Lake (Willow Grove)

50000

Bolac Lake (Lake Bolac)

6000

Bostock Reservoir (Ballan)

7000

Bullarto Reservoir (Bullarto)

1000

Bullen Merri Lake (Camperdown)

10000

Cartcarrong Lake (Winslow)

2000

Colac Lake

10000

Cosgrave Reservoir (Creswick)

1000

Dean Reservoir (Dean)

1000

Deep Lake (Derrinallum)

1000

Devilbend Reservoir (Mooroduc)

30000

Eildon Lake (Eildon)

50000

Elingamite Lake (Cobden)

1500

Fyans Lake (Halls Gap)

20000

Gillear Lake (Allansford)

1500

Glenmaggie Lake (Glenmaggie)

10000

Green Hill Lake (Ararat)

4000

Hamilton Lake (Hamilton)

4000

Hepburn Lagoon (Newlyn)

5000

Konong Wootong Reservoir (Konong Wootong)

3000

Macalister River (U/s of L. Glenmaggie to Junction with the Wellington River)

5000

Moorabool Reservoir (Bolwarrah)

8000

Mount Beauty Pondage (Mount Beauty)

3000

Narracan Lake (Moe)

2500

Purrumbete Lake (Camperdown)

10000

Pykes Creek Reservoir (Ballan)

20000

St Georges Lake (Creswick)

1000

Talbot Reservoir (Evansford)

2000

Teddington Reservoir  Bottom  (Stuart Mill)

2000

Tooliorook Lake (Lismore)

5000

Toolondo Reservoir (Toolondo)

10000

Tullaroop Reservoir (Carisbrook)

50000

Upper Coliban Reservoir (Kyneton)

5000

Upper Stoney Creek Reservoir (Durdidwarrah)

20000

Wallace Lake (Edenhope)

4000

Wartook Lake (Halls Gap)

10000

Wendouree Lake (Ballarat)

10000

West Barwon Dam (Forrest)

5000

William Hovell Lake (Cheshunt South)

10000

Wombat Reservoir (Daylesford)

1000

Wurdiboluc Reservoir (Winchelsea)

30000

Rainbow trout (adv)  School holiday stocking

87750

Albert Park Lake (Albert Park)

3000

Alexandra Lake (Ararat)

600

Allans Flat Dredge Hole (Allans Flat)

2000

Anderson Lake (Chiltern)

1000

Arboretum Dam (Euroa)

600

Bannockburn Lagoon (Bannockburn)

600

Bartlett Lake (Tatura)

300

Berwick Springs Estate Lake (Berwick)

1500

Boyds Waters (Geelong)

400

Calembeen Lake (Creswick)

400

Casey Fields Lake (Cranbourne)

2250

Cato Lake (Stawell)

600

Caulfield Racecourse Lake  (Caulfield)

600

Cobden Lake (Cobden)

600

Coleraine Lagoon (Coleraine)

600

Crusoe Reservoir (Bendigo)

900

Darlingsford Lake (Melton)

1000

Don Lake (Healesville)

800

Dunkeld Arboretum (Dunkeld)

400

Eildon Pondage Weir (Eildon)

14000

Emerald Lake (Emerald)

1000

Esmond Lake (Ballarat)

500

Ess Lagoon (Casterton)

1000

Felltimber Creek Wetlands (Wodonga)

1200

Ferntree Gully Quarry

900

Foletti Caravan Park Lake (Donald)

700

Forest Lake (Kangaroo Flat)

400

Garfield Lake (Garfield)

500

Glenlyon Dam (Glenlyon)

400

Glenrowan Rec Reserve

1200

Goldfields Reservoir (St Arnaud)

200

Golf Course Dam (Longwood)

600

Great Western Racing Recreation Reserve Lake (Great Western)

200

Guthridge Lake (Sale)

500

Haddon Reservoir (Haddon)

400

Hanging Rock Lake (Woodend)

700

Heyfield Racecourse Lake (Heyfield)

600

Hyland Lake  (Churchill)

2400

Jack Emmett Lagoon (Rupanyup)

350

Jubilee Lake (Daylesford)

400

Jubilee Lake (Skipton)

400

Karkarook Lake (Moorabbin)

6000

Kennington Reservoir (Strathdale)

1000

Les Stone Park Lake (Wodonga)

600

Lethbridge Lake (Lethbridge)

600

Lilliput Lane Reserve (Pakenham)

200

Lilydale Lake (Lilydale)

2000

Lismore Golf Club Lake (Lismore)

400

Marma Lake (Murtoa)

700

Marysville Lake

1350

Meriwa Park

400

Minyip Wetlands (Minyip)

200

Mooroopna Recreation Reserve Lake (Mooroopna)

300

Morwell Lake (Morwell)

1500

Navan Park Lake (Melton)

1200

Neanger (Bendigo)

600

Nhill Lake (Nhill)

200

Numurkah Lake (Numurkah)

400

Nursery Reservoir (Macedon)

500

Old Hamilton Reservoir (Hamilton)

400

Ouyen Lake

500

Pakenham Lake (Pakenham)

1500

Pertobe Lake (Warrnambool)

900

Police Paddock Dams (Horsham)

900

Quarry Street Reserve Lake (Trentham)

200

Rowville Lakes  (Rowville) Hutton and Hill Lakes

1100

Roxburgh Park Lakes  (Roxburg Park)

800

Saint Augustines Water Hole (Geelong)

1500

Sambell Lake (Beechworth)

900

Simpson Recreation Reserve Lakes (Simpson)

600

Spavan Lake (Sunbury)

1200

Stanley Ditch Dam (Stanley)

1000

Sumsion Gardens Lake (Wodonga)

800

Tchum Lake  (Birchip)

2000

Tea Tree Lake (Mortlake)

600

The Gong (Bunningyong)

400

Tom Thumb Lake (Eaglehawk)

200

Tronoh (Top) Harrietville Dredge Hole (Harrietville)

800

Upper Sandy Creek Dam (Upper Sandy Creek)

1500

Victoria Lake (Shepparton)

1500

Victoria Lakes (Ballarat)

1000

Yarrambat Lake (Yarrambat)

2600

Rainbow trout (ex brood)

1000

Eildon Pondage Weir (Eildon)

1000

Silver perch

502000

Albert Park Lake (Albert Park)

15000

Allans Flat Dredge Hole (Allans Flat)

5000

Arboretum Dam (Euroa)

5000

Boga Lake (Lake Boga)

50000

Buffalo Lake (Dandongadale)

50000

Casey Fields Lake (Cranbourne)

5000

Crusoe Reservoir (Bendigo)

20000

Eldorado Dredge Hole (Eldorado)

2000

Foletti Caravan Park Lake (Donald)

5000

Forest Lake (Kangaroo Flat)

10000

Goldfields Reservoir (St Arnaud)

5000

Green Lake (Sea lake)

10000

Karkarook Lake (Moorabbin)

10000

Kings Billabong

20000

Lascelles Lake (Hopetoun)

20000

Lilydale Lake (Lilydale)

20000

Little Boort Lake (Boort)

10000

Melton Reservoir (Melton)

40000

Meriwa Park

1000

Navan Park Lake (Melton)

5000

Neanger (Bendigo)

10000

Numurkah Lake (Numurkah)

8000

Ouyen Lake

10000

Rowville Lakes (Rowville) Sutton and Hill Lakes

5000

Roxburgh Park Lakes (Roxburgh Park)

5000

Stanley Ditch Dam (Stanley)

4000

Tchum Lake  (Birchip)

10000

Upper Coliban Reservoir (Kyneton)

50000

Upper Sandy Creek Dam (Upper Sandy Creek)

5000

Victoria Lake (Shepparton)

5000

Walkers Lake (Avon Plains)

10000

Watchem Lake (Watchem)

5000

Willow Lake (Hopetoun)

5000

Wimmera River (Jeparit to Horsham)

50000

Wooroonook Lake (Charlton)

10000

Yaapeet

2000

Tiger trout

2500

Purrumbete Lake (Camperdown)

2500

Trout cod

10000

Goulburn River (Trawool)

10000