Rainbow trout are set to be on the menu for local anglers and families with 3,000 rainbow trout stocked into Lake Narracan today.
Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford today visited Lake Narracan to release the rainbow trout into the water, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Target One Million plan to get more people fishing, more often.
Under the plan, fish stocking will increase from three to five million fish per year, attracting more visitors to our regions for new fishing opportunities, boosting local economies and helping businesses grow and create jobs.
It will also grow participation to one million anglers by 2020, strengthen angling club membership and provide the Better Fishing Fund to develop new recreational fishing reefs, improve boat launching facilities and support better access to waterways.
A popular pastime, recreational fishing currently contributes $2.3 billion to our social and economic well-being.
The Labor Government provided $20 million in the recent 2015-16 Victorian Budget to implement the Target One Million plan and encourage more families to get outdoors and enjoy this rewarding pastime.
The 3,000 rainbow trout stocked in Lake Narracan today will be joined by 7,000 brown trout later this month to further improve the fishery.
Lake Narracan is also stocked annually with Australian bass and has received 60,000 since 2010, complementing a growing interest in the species and substantial stockings elsewhere in Gippsland over recent years.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford
“Our Target One Million plan will grow recreational fishing in Victoria, creating jobs, supporting local businesses and giving families better opportunities to spend time together outdoors.”
“We’re boosting fish stocking from three to five million so our anglers have more opportunities to wet a line.”
“With 3,000 rainbow trout now stocked in Lake Narracan, there’s no excuse for local families not to get out there and get fishing.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020