More than 714,000 native fish have been released into Lake Eildon this summer, a new stocking record for the popular Victorian waterway.
The record consists of 300,500 golden perch fingerlings and 413,900 Murray Cod.
Minister for Fishing and Boating Jaala Pulford said this summer’s 714,000 stocking record dwarfs the previous best of 583,000 native fish, set during the three-year ‘Million Murray Cod’ stocking blitz.
“Record stocking into Lake Eildon recognises that it’s one of Victoria’s best inland fisheries with great access, good boat ramps, plenty of water and an environment that grows big native fish.”
Those million Murray cod fingerlings are now providing excellent fishing opportunities year-round for Murray cod, including fish in the 55 to 75cm slot limit.
With the fisheries reputation growing, the AYC fishing tournament circuit will host an Eildon Cod Classic in October 2019, which will attract some of the country’s best die-hard native fishers chasing big cod over the magic metre.
Learn more about native fish stocking at www.vfa.vic.gov.au/fishstocking