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Trout fishing season in Victorian rivers closing soon
« on: June 01, 2014, 04:21:13 PM »
Trout fishing season in Victorian rivers closing soon
28 May 2014 - VIC DEPI

Freshwater anglers are reminded that the trout fishing season in rivers officially closes at midnight on Monday 9 June after the Queen's Birthday long weekend.

Fisheries Victoria Executive Director Ross McGowan said the closure, which remains in place until early September, protects most spawning trout and gives wild stocks a better opportunity to reproduce.

"The Queen's Birthday long weekend provides recreational anglers with their last chance to catch trout in our rivers before the season finishes up," Mr McGowan said.

"Although the streams and rivers close during winter, anglers can still fish for trout and salmon in Victorian lakes and reservoirs, which remain open year round.

"The three month trout and salmon closed season applies only to rivers and streams.

"Fisheries Victoria stocks more than 130 lakes annually with trout and salmon so there are still plenty of great inland fishing opportunities on offer while the rivers are closed.

Mr McGowan said the state-wide fish stocking program helped maintain productive trout fisheries and is funded from fishing licence fees and the State Government's $16 million Recreational Fishing Initiative.

"One of the best performing lakes recently has been Bullen Merri, near Camperdown, where our stockings of Chinook salmon have delivered fish to 1.7kg for anglers trolling lures and bait-fishing.

Other stocked lakes worth a visit during winter include:

Hepburn Lagoon

Tullaroop Reservoir

Lake Purrumbete

Lauriston Reservoir

Lake Eildon

Lake Bolac

Blue Rock Lake

Lake Hume

Lake Wendouree

Eildon Pondage

Bellfield Reservoir

Lake Fyans

Moorabool Reservoir

West Barwon Dam

Barkers Creek Reservoir

Lake Toolondo

Wurdiboluc Reservoir                                                 

Upper Coliban Reservoir

Rocklands Reservoir                                                             

Newlyn Reservoir

Mr McGowan said trout fishing in rivers would re-open at midnight on Friday 5 September, 2014

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