Wild Trout Fisheries Management Program
Anglers in north east Victoria have expressed concerns regarding the status of wild trout populations with reports of poor fishing across many streams, particularly during summer of 2013-14. Similar reports of poor fishing in wild trout streams have also been reported in locations outside Victoria including New South Wales, Tasmania and New Zealand.
In response to Victorian concerns, The Victorian Fisheries Authority commissioned Arthur Rylah Institute researchers to conduct population surveys of four north east trout streams in February 2014. The results were presented to a trout reference group, a public meeting in Mansfield and the state-wide Recreational Fishing Roundtable forum. In July 2014, a "Wild trout fisheries management program" was developed and later approved in September. It is a collection of nine projects over three years that aims to deliver:
- A clearer understanding of the cause(s) of the decline in wild trout fisheries,
- Better understanding of of priority trout populations' health and status,
- Improved engagement with fishers to share our understanding of trout fisheries management, science and factors that drive the fishery,
- More responsive management of wild trout recreational fishing in Victoria, and
- Improved fishing opportunities for wild trout in Victoria.
Principle questions being addressed
Click on the principle questions listed below for further project information:
- Are summer temperatures adversely impacting river trout fisheries?
- Is there a decline in wild trout populations and breeding?
- Is fishing pressure adversely impacting trout populations and the quality of the trout fishery?
- Are research results well understood by fishers?
- LImited angler feedback means we can't reliably measure changes in the performance of the recreational fishery
- Is reduced Lake Eildon trout stocking impacting river trout fisheries?
- Are there changes in riparian habitat and have they affected water temperature?
- Does trout stocking help the wild brown trout river fisheries recover?
- Is there an relationship between aquatic insects and riparian vegetation?
For a full copy of the Talk Wild Trout 2015 Conference proceedings, please email Taylor.email@example.com
Wild trout myths busted
Wild trout fishing in Victoria is incredibly important and provides enormous social and economic benefits to anglers and regional communities.
Over the past five years the Victorian Government and trout fishers have invested heavily in better understanding our wild trout fishery and what we can do to manage and improve wild trout fishing for all anglers.
The following Freshwater Fishing Magazine article provides a summary overview of some of the key findings from the Wild Trout Fisheries Management Program.