Come along to our 3rd conference about wild trout in Victoria.Your fishing Licence fees at work

It's free and a great chance to improve your trout knowledge and success.

Hear from experts about results from our three-year study, funded by recreational fishing licence fees.Trout Fisher

Conference topics include:

  • Spawning results from 12 key rivers
  • Keynote speaker, renowned trout researcher from New Zealand, John Hayes, talking about trout behavior and what makes a good trout stream
  • Anglers improving habitat and how to get involved
  • Outcomes of trout stocking in 2 iconic rivers
  • Progress on incubator stocking trials (3 rivers)
  • Trout fishing pressure study
  • The new Freshwater Fishery Management Plan.

We'll also outline how the State Government is investing $46 million into the Target One Million plan to grow participation and get more people fishing, more often.

A panel discussion will end the day with questions from the audience welcome.

You can download the Conference proceedings here. [PDF File - 4.6 MB]


    Saturday 11 November 2017, from 9am until 4.30pm.


    Mansfield Performing Arts Centre, 15 View Street.


    To reserve a free seat visit

Registering helps us plan seating and catering, which will include lunch and refreshments.

Seats are limited so register early

Conference program

9.30 am

Arrival & morning refreshments


10.00 am

Welcome to Country

Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation

10.05 am


Travis Dowling, Victorian Fisheries Authority

10.10 am

Recap – Talk Wild Trout 2015 and 2016

Anthony Forster, Victorian Fisheries Authority

10.20 am

Factors impacting on our wild trout  fisheries

Dr John Hayes, Cawthron Institute, New Zealand

11.00 am

One minute reflection for Remembrance Day

Morning Tea Break


Theme 1 – Deeper Understanding (Session Chair: Anthony Forster, Victorian Fisheries Authority)

11.15 am

The state of trout in Victoria: 2017 overview

Jason Lieschke, Arthur Rylah Institute

11.30 am

Health cards for 10 of our best wild trout streams 2017

Brett Ingram, Victorian Fisheries Authority

11.45 am

MyCatch – Fishing for angler catch data

Anthony Forster, Victorian Fisheries Authority

12.00 am

Panel questions & answers

Delegates, speakers & chair

12.15 pm



Theme 2 – Fisheries Management (Session Chair: John Douglas, Victorian Fisheries Authority)

1.00 pm

Taking stock: we are not overfishing our trout. 

Kylie Hall, Victorian Fisheries Authority

1.15 pm

Smarter stocking to improve our trout fisheries

Hui King Ho and Brett Ingram, Victorian Fisheries Authority

1.30 pm

Incubator trials in the Jamieson and King rivers and Traralgon Creek

Terry George, Australian Trout Foundation and John Douglas, Victorian Fisheries Authority

1.45 pm

Panel questions & answers

Delegates, speakers & chair

2.00 pm

Afternoon tea break


Theme 3 – Angler Involvement (Session Chair: Michael Burgess, VRFish)

2.15 pm

Goulburn Broken and North East CMA Angler Riparian Partnership Program 2016-17: Angler partnerships in habitat restoration to restore rivers and improve trout fishing.

Jim Castles Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, Andrew Briggs North East Catchment Management Authority, Terry George Australian Trout Foundation, Dermot O'Brien Victorian Fly Fishers Association, Kris Leckie VRFish

2.30 pm

"An expensive trout!"

Jon Clewlow, Millbrook Lakes

3.00 pm

Panel questions and answers

Delegates, speakers & chair

Conference wrap up

3.30 pm

What I got out of the conference

Phillip Weigall,

Kris Leckie, VRFish

3.45 pm

Close of conference

Travis Dowling