Trout and salmon regulations

Vic Fishing Rec Guide 2015

Victoria's rivers and lakes are classified into groups for the purposes of regulating salmonid fisheries (rainbow trout, brown trout, Atlantic salmon and Chinook salmon). Each group is defined by whether or not it has a salmonid closed season and the bag / possession limit.

Lakes and impoundments

lake trout

All Lakes and Impoundments (except Lake Toolondo and Hepburn Lagoon - see below)

Minimum legal size: no minimum
Bag/possession limit: 5 salmonids per day
Closed season: no

Lake Toolondo

Minimum legal size: 45cm for brown trout and 30cm for rainbow trout
Bag/possession limit: 3 salmonids per day
Closed season: no 

Hepburn Lagoon

Minimum legal size: 45cm for brown trout and rainbow trout
Bag/possession limit: 3 salmonids per day
Closed season: no

The boundary between a lake and a river is the point at which the flowing water of the river meets the backed-up waters of the lake, regardless of the water level of the lake.

For up-to-date stocking information call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

Some sections of the Goulburn, Mitta Mitta, Tanjil and Kiewa rivers are closed to all hook and line fishing during the salmonid closed season, regardless of the fish species being targeted.

Family fishing lakes

Minimum legal size: no minimum
Bag/possession limit: 5 salmonids per day, of which no more than 2 may exceed 35cm
Closed season: no

These fisheries all occur in lakes, ponds or retarding basins, generally smaller than 3 ha.

They are usually stocked prior to the 2nd and 3rd school term breaks. This provides angling opportunities for junior anglers and people with limited mobility. Stocking is dependent on water quality and approval from water managers. Waters in the holiday stocking program may therefore be added or removed so it is best to check the web for the most up to date information.

Family fishing lakes

Albert Park Lake,
Albert Park
Eildon Pondage Weir,*
Eildon
Jubilee Lake,
Skipton
Roxburgh Park Lake,
Roxburgh Park
Alexandra Lake,
Ararat
Emerald Lake,
Emerald
Karkarook Lake,
Moorabin
St Augustines Water Hole,
Geelong
Allans Flat Dredge Hole,
Allans Flat
Esmond Lake,
Ballarat
Kennington Reservoir,
Strathdale
Sambell Lake,
Beechworth
Anderson Lake,
Chiltern
Ess Lagoon,
Casterton
Lethbridge Lake,
Lethbridge
Seagull Lake,*
Geelong
Arboretum Dam,
Euroa
Fosters Dam,
Glenrowan
Lillydale Lake,
Lilydale
Spavin Lake,
Sunbury
Bannockburn Lagoon,
Bannockburn
Golf Course Dam,
Longwood
Marysville Lake,
Marysville
Tea Tree Lake,
Mortlake
Calembeen Lake,
Creswick
Guthridge Lake,
Sale
Mooroopna Recreation Reserve Lake,
Mooroopna
Tom Thumb Lake,
Eaglehawk
Casey Fields Lake,
Cranbourne
Hanging Rock Lake,
Hanging Rock
Morwell Lake,
Morwell
Victoria Lakes,
Ballarat
Cato Lake,
Stawell
Heyfield Racecourse Lake,
Heyfield
Nhill Lake,
Nhill
Yarrambat Lake,
Yarrambat
Caulfield Racecourse Lake,
Caulfield
Hyland Lake,
Churchill
Pakenham Lake,
Pakenham
 
Cobden Lake,
Cobden
Jack Emmett Lagoon,
Rupanyup
Police Paddock Dam,
Horsham
 
Dunkeld Arboretum Dam,
Dunkeld
Jubilee Lake,
Daylesford
Rowville Lakes,
Rowville
 

*Although Eildon Pondage and Seagull Lake are classified as lakes and impoundments, they are grouped here because they share 'Family Fishing Lake' regulations.

Rivers and streams

other trout stream

All rivers and streams (except  those otherwise specified - see below)

Minimum legal size: no minimum
Bag/possession limit: 5 salmonids of which no more than 2 fish may exceed 35cm
Closed season: Yes. During the closed season, anglers must not take or possess salmonids in all rivers and streams (except those waters designated as 'Sea-Run Trout Rivers'– see below).

Nariel Creek (upstream of Colac Colac Bridge),
Mitta Mitta River (upstream of Lake Dartmouth), and
Ovens River (Upstream of Porepunkah Bridge).

Minimum legal size: 25cm
Bag/possession limit: 3 salmonids of which no more than 2 fish may exceed 35cm
Closed season: Yes. During the closed season, anglers must not take or possess salmonids in all rivers and streams

Tailrace rivers

Tailrace Rivers

Minimum legal size: no minimum
Bag/possession limit: 5 salmonids of which no more than 2 fish may exceed 35cm
Closed season: Yes. Total ban on all hook and line fishing during salmonid closed season (see above).

Tailrace rivers are:

  • Goulburn River below Eildon Pondage (map 1)
  • Kiewa River (map 2)
  • Mitta Mitta River (map 3)
  • Tanjil River (map 4)

Rubicon River (part of Goulburn River Tailrace)

Minimum legal size: 25cm
Bag/possession limit: 3 trout of which no more than 2 fish may exceed 35cm
Closed season: Yes. Total ban on all hook and line fishing during salmonid closed season (see above).

It is an offence to be in possession of a hook and line in, on or within 20 metres of the named tailrace rivers during the salmonid closed season (see above for closed season dates).

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Maps produced by Fisheries Management & Science, Fisheries Victoria. 2014

Map 1: Goulburn River and tributaries

Map 1: Goulburn River and tributaries

Map 2: Kiewa River and tributaries

Map 2: Kiewa River and tributaries

Map 3: Mitta Mitta River and tributaries

Mitta Mitta River & tributaries 

 Map 4: Tanjil River and tributaries

Map 4: Tanjil River and tributaries

Sea-run trout rivers

The specified sections of these waters contain populations of sea-run brown trout that provide salmonid angling opportunities during the salmonid closed season:

  • Aire River – downstream of the Great Ocean Road Bridge.
  • Avon River – downstream of the Stratford Railway Bridge.
  • Ford River – downstream of the Great Ocean Road Bridge.
  • Gellibrand River – downstream of the Great Ocean Road Bridge.
  • Hopkins River – downstream of the Hopkins Falls.
  • Merri River – downstream of the Bromfield Weir.
  • Mitchell River – downstream of Princes Highway Bridge at Bairnsdale.
  • Moyne River – downstream of the Toolong Bridge.
  • Tambo River – downstream of the Bruthen Road Bridge.

Minimum legal size: no minimum
Bag/possession limit: 5 salmonids of which no more than 2 fish may exceed 35 cm
Closed season: no