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Boat ramps revamp to improve anglers' access

Three boat ramps have been upgraded in northern Victoria to improve angler access in time for Sunday’s opening of the Murray cod season.

JESS CRAIG December 4, 2013 4:21am

The Victorian Government has upgraded three boat ramps in northern Victoria to improve angler access in time for Sunday’s opening of the Murray cod season.

Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh and Member for Rodney Paul Weller opened the upgraded Spences Bridge boat ramp on the Gunbower Creek on Sunday.

Boat ramps on the Gunbower Creek at Koondrook and on the Loddon River at Serpentine have also been upgraded.

‘‘The Gunbower Creek and Loddon River are popular fishing destinations and the Murray cod season attracts anglers from across Victoria looking to land a catch,’’ Mr Walsh said.

The upgrades were the latest projects funded through the Recreational Fishing Initiative.

Mr Weller said Murray cod was an iconic recreational species and the Victorian Government’s fish production and stocking programs were helping ensure the big fish was around for years to come.

‘‘Fisheries Victoria will stock more than 560,000 juvenile Murray cod into rivers, lakes and impoundments over the coming months as part of its annual fish stocking program, including 80,000 into Gunbower Creek,’’ Mr Weller said.

‘‘There will also be stockings at Lake Nagambie, the lower Goulburn River, Lake Eppalock, Lake Nillahcootie, Cairn Curran and Lake Eildon.’’

Bag and size limits apply to many popular recreational species including Murray cod. Anyone who sees or suspects illegal fishing can contact the 24-hour offence reporting line 13FISH (133 474).

For information, visit www.depi.vic.gov.au/fisheries, download the free Victorian Recreational Fishing app or pick up a guide from DEPI offices or recreational fishing outlets.

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