Talk Wild Trout 2018

Jim Fredericks Come along to our fourth conference about wild trout in Victoria. 

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

Conference topics include:

  • Keynote speaker, Jim Fredericks (pictured right), Chief of Fisheries, Idaho Department of Fish & Game, about trout fisheries management in famous American trout streams
  • Rex Hunt about his trout fishing journey
  • Status of wild trout in Victoria – survey results in streams
  • Progress report on incubator stocking trials (3 rivers)
  • Health cards for our best wild trout streams
  • Climate and trout – forecast and ground truths
  • Lure fishing southwest rivers
  • Fishing tips from a guide, Phil Weigall.

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

A panel discussion will follow each session with questions from the audience.


Saturday 11 August 2018, from 9.30am until 4.30pm


Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre

Cnr Bell St and St Georges Road, Preston


To reserve a free seat, click here.

Registering helps us plan seating and catering, which includes free lunch and refreshments.

Seats are limited so register early!

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Provisional conference program:

To download this provisional program, click here [MS Word Document - 1.1 MB].

Conference opening

9.30 am

Arrival & morning refreshments


10.00 am

Welcome to Country

Wurundjeri representative

10.10 am

Conference welcome / foreword

Travis Dowling, CEO, Victorian Fisheries Authority

10.25 am

Recap – Talk Wild Trout (last 3 years)

Anthony Forster, Victorian Fisheries Authority

10.40 am

Trout fishery management lessons from Idaho

Jim Fredericks, Chief of Fisheries, Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Theme 1 - About the trout (Chair: Kris Leckie, VRFish)

11.10 am

The state of trout in Victoria: 2018 survey results

Jason Lieschke, Arthur Rylah Institute

11.25 am

Health cards for our best wild trout streams

Dr Brett Ingram, Victorian Fisheries Authority

11.40 am

Yearling trout stocking in rivers study - final report

John Douglas, Victorian Fisheries Authority

11.55 pm

Panel questions & answers

Delegates, speakers & chair

12.10 pm


Theme 2 - Managing trout (Chair: Tom Camp, Mornington Peninsula Fly Fishers (founding member)

1.10 pm

Climate & trout – forecast & ground truths

Dr John Morrongiello, University of Melbourne & Prof. Nick Bond, La Trobe University.

1.35 pm

Repairing where fish live

Mike Burgess, VRFish & Terry George, ATF

1.55 pm

Trout egg incubator trial - first-year findings

Matt Byrne, ATF & Brett Ingram, Victorian Fisheries Authority

2.10 pm

Expanding the Diary Angler Program

Taylor Hunt, Victorian Fisheries Authority


Panel questions & answers

Delegates, speakers & chair

2.40 pm

Afternoon Tea Break

Theme 3 – Trout on the hook (Chair: Travis Dowling, Victorian Fisheries Authority)

3.00 pm

My trout fishing journey

Rex Hunt, Recreational Fishing Advocate

3.20 pm

Lure tossing in the South West rivers

Mark Gercovich, Fishing journalist and expert angler

3.40 pm

Feathers & flies – Tips from a trout fishing guide

Philip Weigall,

4.00 pm

Panel questions and answers

Delegates, speakers & chair

Conference wrap up

4.30 pm

What I got out of the conference

Tom Camp, Mornington Peninsula fly fishers (founding member).  

4.40 pm

Close of conference

Travis Dowling