Native fishing in urban lakes

Imagine being able to come home from work or school and cast a line for a Murray cod in metropolitan Melbourne.

Well, you can stop dreaming because for the first time ever we’ve started stocking urban lakes with catchable size Murray cod, golden perch and silver perch!

In December 2019 and early January, more than 36,000 catchable size Murray cod and golden perch were stocked into Victorian lakes, many in urban areas, to further improve freshwater fishing opportunities.

These native fish were much larger than the fingerling size native fish we normally release at 1 to 2 grams each.

The on-grown Murray cod and golden perch provide immediate fishing opportunities during the summer months when trout fishing in these waterways can quieten off with warmer water temperatures.

Anglers big and small will be able to experience the thrill of catching a mixture of species year-round. We reckon reeling in a fish beats screen-time any day of the week!

Please note that some of these on-grown native fish were not legal minimum size when stocked, but should grow quickly depending on the productivity of the waterbody.

Check out the table below to keep up to date with our progress.

Fish stocking is funded by your recreational fishing licence fees and the State Government’s Target One Million plan to get more people fishing, more often, in more places.

Waterway

Species

Number

Average weight (g)

Albert Park Lake

Golden perch

5,437

334

Barkers Creek Reservoir

Murray cod

4,829

170

Casey Fields Lake, Cranbourne East 1

Murray cod

20

625

 

Golden perch

103

546

Quarry Lake, Ferntree Gully 2

Golden perch

183

546

Karkarook Lake 3

Murray cod

514

609

 

Golden perch

2,874

447

Lauriston Reservoir

Murray cod

4,168

501

 

Golden perch

  

Linear Park Lake,  Taylors Lakes

Golden perch

50

502

Lilydale Lake

Golden perch

3,035

248

Melton Reservoir

Murray cod

1,800

170

 

Golden perch

7,599

329

Navan Park Lake, Melton

Murray cod

50

613

 

Golden perch

200

502

Spavin Lake, Sunbury

Murray cod

58

613

 

Golden perch

223

502

Roxburgh Park Lake

Murray cod

162

562

Upper Coliban Reservoir

Murray cod

5,172

462

1   Casey Fields Lake in Cranbourne East also received 7 golden perch weighing 2kg each, and 12 silver perch weighing 400g each in April 2019

2   Quarry Lake in Ferntree Gully also received 12 Murray cod weighing 1.5kg each, and 12 golden perch weighing 800g each in June 2019.

3   Karkarook Lake also received 200 golden perch weighing 400g each, and 50 Murray cod weighing 600g each in March 2019.