Fisheries Victoria is consulting recreational anglers about proposed changes to trout fishing regulations in lakes and rivers to improve trout fishing in Victoria.
The changes will complement record trout stocking under way across the state.
Fisheries Victoria executive director Travis Dowling said the proposed changes were developed with the help of the Victorian Trout Fishery Reference Group, which consists of 26 members from across the broad spectrum of trout fishing interests.
‘‘The proposed changes include a minimum size for trout in several waters, which delivers on the state government’s Target One Million commitment,’’ he said.
Mr Dowling said the proposed changes recognised the importance of trout fisheries and the iconic nature of many waters that were highly prized by bait fishers, lure casters and fly fishers.
‘‘We know trout anglers are passionate about their fisheries and only want the very best for them. That’s why this suite of changes stretches right across the state and includes both lakes and rivers along with stocked and unstocked waters,’’ he said.
The proposed changes are:
■Introduce a 25cm minimum size and reduced bag limit (from five to three trout per day) on four streams: Goulburn River below Lake Eildon, Mitta Mitta River above Lake Dartmouth, Ovens River upstream of Porepunkah Bridge and Nariel Creek upstream of Colac Colac Bridge.
■Introduce a 45cm minimum size and reduced bag limit (from five to three fish/day) for Hepburn Lagoon and Lake Toolondo.
■Remove the trout closed season in the Hopkins and Merri rivers in south-west Victoria because these waters are solely reliant on annual stocking of trout, not natural breeding.
■For more information, or to learn more about making a written submission by July 13, visit: www.vic.gov.au/fisheries