Extended Bass Stocks for Gippsland
Expanded Australian bass stockings for Gippsland Recreational fishing licence fees have helped stock a record number of Australian bass fingerlings into Gippsland lakes and rivers to improve freshwater fishing opportunities for anglers.
Fisheries Victoria Executive Director, Ross McGowan, said 120,000 Australian bass fingerlings had been stocked this season, an increase of 41,000 on last year’s total.
“Since 2002, we have been working hard with a New South Wales bass breeder to develop new fisheries for Australian bass, which are an iconic native sportfish found in coastal catchments along
the eastern seaboard,” Mr McGowan said.
“Our stocking efforts have paid off for anglers with several lakes, particularly Blue Rock, providing excellent inland fishing opportunities over the last 18 months.
“The Blue Rock Lake bass fishery is young and still developing, but was deemed good enough to host a kayak-based fishing tournament last season, which attracted competitors from interstate
where more mature bass fisheries exist and are very popular.”
This season’s 120,000 Australian bass fingerlings were released into:
· Blue Rock Lake – 25,000
· Lake Glenmaggie – 10,000
· Narracan Lake – 10,000
· Mitchell River – 10,000
· Tambo River – 10,000
· Nicholson River – 10,000
· Macalister River – 9,000
· Wonnangatta River – 8,000
· Thomson River – 5,000
· Avon River – 5,000
· Tyers River – 5,000
· Valencia Creek – 4,000
· Traralgon Creek – 3,000
· Cowwarr Weir – 2,000
· Rainbow Creek – 2,000
· Freestone Creek – 1,000
· Guthridge Lake – 1,000
Mr McGowan said several new waters were on the stocking list this season including the Wonnangatta and Tyers rivers, Traralgon Creek and Guthridge Lake in Sale.
“We want to provide a variety of bass fishing opportunities ranging from boat-based experiences for keen anglers, remote wilderness rivers for adventurous fishers and convenient urban lakes, like
Guthridge, for families and beginners.”
Since 2002, Fisheries Victoria has stocked more than 570,000 Australian bass fingerlings into Gippsland’s lakes and rivers. Learn more at www.depi.vic.gov.au/bassstocking