Stocking stonkers in Metropolitan Melbourne

Our Metropolitan Family Fishing Lakes have been stocked with 1000 ‘stonker’ rainbow trout to bolster recreational fishing fun with some big catches.

The trout weigh 4kg each and complement the large number of catchable size trout already stocked into Family Fishing Lakes.

The stockings are funded by fishing licence fees and the State Government’s $35 million Target One Million plan for recreational fishing.

We've also stocked more than 1350 stonkers into the Goulburn River this year, allowing regional fishers the chance to travel to the Eildon region land the fish of a lifetime.

Metropolitan Family Fishing Lakes boast good access with waterside platforms, walking tracks, picnic areas and other facilities, creating a wonderful environment for people to get some fresh air whilst wetting a line.

A daily bag limit of 5 trout applies to Family Fishing Lakes, of which only 2 trout can exceed 35cm.

The map below details where fish have been stocked across two separate releases.

For more information about catch limits click here or download the free ‘Vic Fishing’ app for smartphones.

Under the Second Step of Metropolitan Melbourne’s roadmap to easing restrictions, fishing is a permitted activity within 25km of home or permitted work, with up to five people from a maximum of two households and for up to two hours per day, split into a maximum of two sessions. You must be able to keep 1.5m distance from others, no equipment should be shared and you must wear a fitted face mask at all times.

Click here to calculate the 25km radius from your location.

Rainbow trout are perfect for those new to fishing because they’re easy to catch and taste great on the plate. Metropolitan Family Fishing Lakes being stocked with a second allocation of stonkers are:

Water Number of stonkers
Albert Park Lake 90
Caulfield Racecourse Lake 20
Don Lake 15
Lilydale Lake 45
Emerald Lake 15
Ferntree Gully Quarry* 20*
Pakenham Lake 40
Casey Fields Lake 20
Berwick Springs Estate Lake 20
Roxburgh Park Lake (McIvor Lake) 20
Yarrambat Lake 60
Rowville Lakes 15
Karkarook Lake 60
Ferntree Gully Quarry 20
Spavin Lake 30
Navan Park Lake 30**

* The table only displays fish stocked during the week of Monday, 19 October. For past stocking information, navigate to each location in the above map