Lake Colac receives 5000 rainbow trout

Colac Anglers Club president Glenn Rippon, secretary Margaret Oborne, Graham Milner and Chris Smith get ready to cast a line in Lake Colac and catch a rainbow trout.

Thousands of rainbow trout are swimming in Lake Colac for the first time in years and the State Government is encouraging anglers to throw in a line.

Victorian Fisheries Authority fisheries manager Taylor Hunt said the authority had released 5000 rainbow trout, between 10 centimetres and 15 centimetres in length, into the lake as part of its $46-million Target One Million plan.

Mr Hunt said the plan aimed to “get more people fishing more often”, with funding allowing the fisheries authority to stock a record number of fish in waterways across the state.

“Lake Colac’s been on our watch list for a long time and now we’ve released 5000 rainbow trout as a pre-trial really to see how they’ll go, so we’d like to hear from anglers,” he said.

“The water hasn’t been high enough until now to release any fish since the Target One Million plan started but now we have plenty of fish and we want to get more people fishing.

“We want people to send us photos if they catch a fish so we can see how they’re going.

“They were only 10 to 15 centimetres long and about 30 grams, so the ones that are caught soon will only be about 15 centimetres long and people could get some good ones soon.

“Then if the water levels are higher by March or April next year we’ll be able to release more fish and bigger fish,” Mr Hunt said.

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