Fisheries media release; Changes to trout fishing rules

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Fisheries media release; Changes to trout fishing rules

Postby fishingvic » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:11 am

New Trout Rules To Improve Recreational Fishing

Minister for Agriculture
29 August 2017

The Andrews Labor Government has announced a suite of improvements to recreational fishing rules for trout that will boost angling opportunities in Victoria’s freshwater rivers and lakes.

Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford announced the changes today, which include the introduction of a minimum size for trout in several waters set out in the Labor Government’s Target One Million plan, which is investing a record $46 million to get more people fishing, more often.

The new rules commence on Saturday, 2 September 2017 and include:

A minimum size of 25cm for all species of trout in the Rubicon River, Mitta Mitta River upstream of Lake Dartmouth, Ovens River upstream of the Porepunkah Bridge, and Nariel Creek upstream of the Colac Colac Bridge
A minimum size of 30cm for rainbow trout and 45cm for brown trout at Lake Toolondo, and a reduced daily bag limit 3 trout – down from 5
A minimum size of 45cm for all trout and a daily bag limit of 3 at Hepburn Lagoon
Removal of the trout closed season from the Merri and Hopkins rivers.
The introduction of a minimum size in four rivers will help promote these waters as high quality trout fishing destinations.

The changes are expected to produce more trophy trout in the two lakes, both of which are stocked annually with yearlings grown at the Victorian Fisheries Authority’s Snobs Creek hatchery, funded largely by fishing licence fees.

The removal of the closed season in the Merri and Hopkins rivers will give anglers year-round access to stocked populations of brown trout, some of which grow to more than 2kg.

The changes complement other Target One Million commitments that improve freshwater fishing that include the removal of boating restrictions at Blue Rock Lake and increasing fish stocking from less than 3 million under the former Liberal and National Government to more than 5 million in 2018.

For more information, visit vfa.vic.gov.au/bettertrout

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford

“We recognise the social and economic value of trout fishing to Victoria – that’s why we’ve listened to anglers and made changes that improve freshwater fishing and support regional businesses that depend on tourism.”

“We’re doing all we can to get more people fishing more often. These new rules will help grow recreational fishing opportunities across the state.”

“There’s never been a better time to wet a line than this weekend, with our free Trout festivals kicking off at Eildon and Ballarat – so don’t miss out, get involved and enjoy the great outdoors.”


http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/new-trout ... l-fishing/



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Re: Fisheries media release; Changes to trout fishing rules

Postby barra mick » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:36 am

Thats a good move.

Lots off great ideas there.

Possible they should off had the same restrction down stream off the colac colac bridge also though

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Re: Fisheries media release; Changes to trout fishing rules

Postby ratbag » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:45 am

they are some great initiatives there to develop the trout fishing.
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Re: Fisheries media release; Changes to trout fishing rules

Postby Lightningx » Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:13 pm

Sounds good :thumbsup:

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Re: Fisheries media release; Changes to trout fishing rules

Postby Lajon » Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:01 pm

The only issue I can see occurring is confusion with so many different size limits across the state in different waterways. I'm sure most on this forum will have no issues, but I can see newbies and tourists having some issues with these. Overall though, definitely a positive step, look forward to finding some 45cm+ fish in years to come.

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Re: Fisheries media release; Changes to trout fishing rules

Postby frozenpod » Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:14 pm

Lajon wrote:confusion with so many different size limits across the state in different waterways.


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Re: Fisheries media release; Changes to trout fishing rules

Postby happyfriggincamper » Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:19 pm

Nice - don't really impact me as I can count on one hand the trout I've kept from rivers in the last 5+ years, but I agree with Lajon regarding potential confusion for those anglers intending to do the right thing when keeping fish from those selected areas

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Re: Fisheries media release; Changes to trout fishing rules

Postby Thomassssss » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:02 pm

Sounds good.

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Re: Fisheries media release; Changes to trout fishing rules

Postby rb85 » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:20 pm

Clean water carp.

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Re: Fisheries media release; Changes to trout fishing rules

Postby 4liters » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:26 pm

i'd rather they stock native species in the rivers rather than protecting trout but whatever
2015/16 Species comp total: 289cm
Brown Trout: 37cm
Flathead: 51cm; Squid: 36cm; Australian Salmon: 51cm; Snapper 46cm; Silver Trevally 23cm; KGW: 45cm



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