Catching whoppers in school holiday fishing fun

Beginner anglers and their families in the Shepparton electorate can catch a new hobby over the school holidays with catchable size rainbow trout stocked into local inland waters.

July 14, 2014 3:35am

Nationals Candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr and his son Max prepare to go fishing.

Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr said Lake Bartlett in Tatura, Mooroopna Recreation Reserve Lake in Mooroopna and Victoria Park Lake in Shepparton have been included in the stocking of trout.

‘‘These three lakes are among 60 ‘family fishing lakes’ in Victoria, which are a great place for young people and their families to fish and get involved in this healthy outdoor pastime,’’ he said.

The rainbow trout stocked by Fisheries Victoria are of catchable size so those who try their luck in the family fishing lakes during the school holidays will have a better chance of landing a fish.

‘‘As a keen fisherman myself I understand recreational fishing is not only great fun, but makes a significant social and economic contribution to our region and communities by supporting local hotels, petrol stations, supermarkets, and bait and tackle stores,’’ Mr Barr said.

‘‘Rainbow trout are a good option for children or those people new to fishing because they can be easy to catch and encourage more families and children to fish, some perhaps for the first time.’’

Mr Barr said the stocking of rainbow trout had been funded by proceeds from fishing licence fees and the Victorian Government’s $16 million Recreational Fishing Initiative.

‘‘The initiative is improving fishing opportunities across the state, including projects to stock more fish, improve access and facilities, upgrade boating facilities, install fish cleaning tables, improve fish passage, undertake more research and strengthen fisheries enforcement and education,’’ he said.

Anglers are reminded that a daily bag limit of five trout applies in family fishing lakes, of which only two trout can exceed 35 cm.

At this time of year, trout cannot be taken from rivers. For more information about catch limits refer to the Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide, available free from most good fishing tackle shops, online or by downloading the free Vic Fishing smartphone app.

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