Don caught this nice snapper in the bay.

My Big Catch

September 26, 2019 BY

AHEAD of the school holidays, ‘ready-to-catch’ rainbow trout have been stocked into lakes around Melbourne and regional centres.

The rainbow trout stocked are advanced yearlings and are suitable to be caught immediately. Rainbow trout are a good option for children or those trying fishing for the first time, because they are relatively easy to catch and take a variety of baits and lures.

This stocking program aims to encourage families to go fishing, particularly during school holidays.

Fish stocking is funded by recreational fishing licence fees and the State Government’s Target One Million plan, which aims to get more people fishing, more often.

Some of those areas stocked in the Geelong area are as follows:

  • Bannockburn Lagoon (Bannockburn)
  • Lethbridge Lake (Lethbridge)
  • Saint Augustine’s Water Hole (Geelong).

The stocking is 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 daily bag limit of 5 trout applies to family fishing lakes, of which only 2 trout can exceed 35cm.

For the full state-wide list of stocked waters, head to

I would also like to remind everyone also to keep those photos coming in of your big catch!

Photos: Please forward them to the email address below, with type of fish, weight, length, location and your name. I am more than happy to place your photos in My Big Catch. Email photos to [email protected].

Also, if you see or suspect illegal fishing activity any time over summer, please call the 24-hour reporting line 13 FISH (13 3474)


Fishing Reports

Weather conditions have still yet to improve



  • Still some salmon off local rocks and beaches
  • A few pinkies are also around for those fishers who are prepared to try and get out
  • Mullet are still being caught off the boat ramp as well as a few flathead
  • No reports of fish being caught from the Anglesea river

Reports supplied by the Rusty Anglers Anglesea


Barwon Heads

  • There have been reports of a few whiting being caught offshore
  • Flatties have previously been reported offshore
  • Still a few reports of some small trevally otherwise fairly quiet
  • Salmon are still being caught off the beaches



  • Not much has changed, reports are pretty much the same, when fishos can get out
  • King George whiting as well as a few pinkies
  • Still a few salmon catches are being reported off local beaches
  • Bream in Spring Creek have been noted

Report provided by Torquay Angling Club



  • St Leonards is still seeing reports pretty much the same: King George whiting, flathead and squid
  • Clifton Springs reports a few whiting, flathead and some calamari
  • Queenscliff was reporting some whiting, flathead, and pinkies
  • The Creek reports are few and far between except for a few trevally
  • Swan Bay reports consist of a few calamari and whiting
  • Point Lonsdale has a few reports of some trevally and salmon off the pier
  • The White Lady is said to still be producing a few Whiting and Calamari
  • Indented Head is seeing a few Flathead, King George Whiting and Calamari


Club Corner

Leopold Angling and Aquatic Club Annual Snapper Comp

The Leopold Angling and Aquatic Club is running their annual Snapper comp on October 12 and 13. Registration is $15 for non-members and free for members. Registration closes at 7pm on October 11. Registration will take place at Leopold Angling and Aquatic Clubhouse. Prizes are available for Male, Female and Junior Best Fish.