One of the cheetah trout stocked in Lake Purrumbete.

FISHING REPORT – July 11, 2019

July 11, 2019 BY

ANGLESEA
» Weather conditions are still poor, reports have changed little
» Salmon catches continue off local beaches
» Whiting reported but only when fishers can get out and not in great numbers
» Reports of Gummy shark and flathead are still occasionally coming in.

Report provided courtesy the Anglesea Rusty Anglers Angling Club

BARWON HEADS
» Snapper, pinkies and flathead have previously been reported but only when fishers can get out
» The river is producing some small whiting
» A few salmon are still being caught off local beaches by those keen to get out and give it a go.

TORQUAY
» Good-sized catches King George whiting are still to be had off Torquay according to last reports
» Some good snapper by those fishing off the land and offshore when they can are still being caught
» Salmon off local beaches continue
» In Spring Creek, small bream have been reported.

Torquay Tackle and Sports

QUEENSCLIFF
» St Leonards continues its reports of good-sized King George whiting, along with a few flathead and squid also being reported
» Clifton Springs see reports of whiting, flathead, squid the occasional pinkie being caught
» Queenscliff has whiting in good numbers along with some flathead, pinkies and squid as well
» The creek has been quiet but still some trevally
» Swan Bay has reports of pinkies, flathead and squid continuing near the mouth
» Point Lonsdale pier reports trevally, King George whiting as well as some salmon
» The White Lady reports whiting, squid and flathead
» Indented Head sees flathead, King George whiting, squid and snapper continuing.

BIG cats have been spotted swimming at Lake Purrumbete with the first ever largescale stocking of cheetah trout into an Australian waterway.

Freshwater fishers were rejoicing as 1,600 were released into Lake Purrumbete, near Camperdown last week.

Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) CEO Travis Dowling said the stocking was funded by recreational fishing licence fees and the State Government’s $35 million Target One Million plan to get more people fishing, more often.

“A cross between a rainbow trout and a brook trout, cheetah trout feature striking markings along their back resembling the patterns of the African cat,” said Mr Dowling.

“The highly distinctive species adds yet more diversity to the Lake Purrumbete fishery in southwest Victoria, which is stocked annually with brown trout, rainbow trout, Chinook salmon and brook trout, the first three of which are all grown at the Fisheries’ Snobs Creek hatchery, near Eildon.

“The addition of cheetah trout to Lake Purrumbete makes it a unique destination fishery in Australia, capable of growing
huge fish including brown trout over 6kg and Chinook salmon over 8kg in recent years.

“The lake is also home to a self-sustaining population of redfin, which are a wonderful species for beginners, great on the dinner table and lots of fun to catch.”

Mr Dowling said more than one million trout and salmon were stocked into 145 lakes and rivers last year to make inland fishing even better for Victorians who love wetting a line.

“Many of those fish will be catchable size this winter and were released into waterways that have a long stocking history, meaning plenty of chances to hook that trophy fish of a lifetime.

“Victorian trout fishers have lots to celebrate with Target One Million committed to improving access to lakes and rivers, for shore-based fishers and those in boats.

“Kayaks, canoes and boats powered by electric motors are now permitted on Tullaroop Reservoir, near Maryborough, which has been producing great for trout and redfin. Barkers Creek Reservoir at Harcourt now permits kayaks and canoes with electric motors, with other waters to open soon.

“Further afield, work is underway to improve camping and fishing access to Crown-frontage leases so more people can access public rivers through public land.”

Meanwhile, if you see or suspect illegal fishing activity any time, phone the 24-hour reporting line 13 FISH (13 3474).

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