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Christmas comes early for Lake Eppalock anglers
« on: December 26, 2014, 11:12:08 PM »
Christmas comes early for Lake Eppalock anglers
24 December 2014 - VIC DEPI

Recreational anglers will enjoy better fishing at Lake Eppalock into the future after the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) released 23,260  Murray Cod fingerlings into the Lake yesterday.

 DEPI Senior Fisheries Officer Greg Brodie said the fingerlings were released at a couple of different sites at Lake Eppalock as part of the department's annual native fish stocking program.

"The cod were two month old fingerlings, which averaged 50mm in length, and were bred at DEPI's Snobs Creek hatchery," Mr Brodie said.

"The fingerlings will eat freshwater macro invertebrates or water bugs and take three to five years to grow to the legal size limit, so there won't be any instant satisfaction for anglers looking to catch them for Christmas dinner.

"Between November and April each year, DEPI stocks around two million native fish fingerlings across Victoria averaging less than one gram each.

"I wish every angler the best of luck, but I always say: we can only put them in the water, we can't make them jump on the end of your line."

Fish production and the stocking program is made possible with funding from recreational fishing licence fees and the Victorian Government's $16 million Recreational Fishing Initiative.

For more information about native fish stocking visit:

 "If you do catch Murray Cod, don't forget that there are new cod catch limits that came into play at the start of this month," Mr Brodie said.

 From 1 December 2014, new Murray cod catch limits apply to recreational anglers fishing Victorian waters:
•55 to 75 cm slot limit state-wide
•Reduction in bag limit from two to one fish per day in rivers, whilst maintaining the bag limit in lakes and impoundments at two fish per day

Below: Senior Fisheries Officer Greg Brodie ready
release fingerlings into Lake Eappalock.

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