Stocking stonkers in Metropolitan Melbourne

Our Metropolitan Family Fishing Lakes are currently being stocked with 500 ‘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.

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.

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 5km 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 5km 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 this week and next are:

Stocking dateWater Number of stonkers
Monday, 5 October Albert Park Lake 60
  Caulfield Racecourse Lake 30
Tuesday, 6 October Don Lake 15
  Lilydale Lake 45
  Emerald Lake 15
  Garfield Lake 10
Wednesday, 7 October Ferntree Gully Quarry* 20*
Thursday, 8 October Lilliput Lane Reserve 10
  Pakenham Lake 30
  Casey Fields Lake 20
  Berwick Springs Estate Lake 20
Friday, 9 October Roxburgh Park Lake (McIver Reserve) 10
  Yarrambat Lake 60
Tuesday, 13 October Rowville Lakes 15
  Karkarook Lake 60
  Ferntree Gully Quarry* 20*
Wednesday, 14 October Spavin Lake 30
  Navan Park Lake 30**

* - Ferntree Gully Quarry stocking allocation to be completed in two trips

** - Darlingsford Lake currently unable to be stocked. Allocation transferred to Navan Park Lake.