Between April and November each year we release 600,000 - 700,000 trout and salmon into Victoria's public waterways. In 2010, a record 706,000 were stocked given drought recovery. Most of these fish are released into lakes and impoundments where they provide enhanced recreational fishing opportunities for anglers.
Most trout and salmon stocked by the Department are released as yearlings weighing between 80 and 100 grams (20-25 cm in length), for put-grow-and-take fisheries. Small numbers of larger trout are stocked during holiday periods for direct put-and-take fisheries in small lakes and ponds close to urban and regional centres.
The annual regional consultative meetings (Vic Fish Stock (previously CONS)) provide a forum for discussion on fish stocking regimes, fish population surveys and other related recreational fisheries management issues. To access the reports from 2005 - 2015 see Vic Fish Stock reports.
For a historical list of salmonid stocking in Victorian waters by Fisheries Victoria see:
In many streams, trout fisheries are based on self-sustaining wild stocks. All aquatic organisms that are stocked into Inland waters must comply with the Protocols for the Translocation of Fish in Victorian Inland Public Waters.
For further information about trout stocking in Victoria see:
Native fish stocking
Between November and April each year, we stock around 2 million native fish fingerlings averaging less than one gram each. Most of these fish are golden perch or Murray cod that are bred at Snobs Creek or purchased from commercial fish growers. These species, along with silver perch, are native to the Murray Darling Basin and are thus stocked north of the Great Dividing Range. More recently, selected lakes south of the Great Divide have been stocked with Australian bass which are native to the coastal flowing streams east of Wilsons Promontory, Macquarie perch, trout cod and estuary perch.
For a historical list of native fish stocking in Victorian waters by Fisheries Victoria see:
View the fish stocking summary table.
A preliminary assessment of Marine Stocking in Victoria
Dr Matt Taylor from the University of New South Wales has completed an initial assessment of the feasibility of marine stocking in Victoria.
The report outlines an assessment of twelve estuaries which may be suitable for future stocking consideration.
A copy of the report can be found at the following link: Marine Stocking in Victoria
Fish in Farm Dams
Stocking fish in farm dams for personal use, such as recreational fishing, is a popular and rewarding pastime in Victoria. However, it is important to stock the appropriate species of fish for your area. Fish that are local to your area are more likely to survive and thrive in your dam.
If you decide you would like to stock your farm dam, please visit the Fish in Farm Dams webpage.