26 June 2022


Families and children can look forward to casting a line these school holidays – with thousands of fish stocked into waters across greater Melbourne.

More than 12,000 catchable sized rainbow trout have now been stocked into 19 lakes across the greater Melbourne area – including at Navan Park Lake in Melton.

The stockings have been funded by recreational fishing licence fees and form part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $35 million Go Fishing Victoria plan to get more people fishing, more often.

Rainbow trout are great stocking option for children and beginners because they’re easy to catch and take a variety of baits and lures.

Stocked lakes also feature fishing platforms, bankside tracks and picnic areas – which create safe and convenient access for families to give fishing a go.

Stocked waters across greater Melbourne for these school holidays include:

  • Navan Park Lake (600)
  • Albert Park Lake (1500)
  • Berwick Springs Estate Lake (750)
  • Casey Fields Lake (750)
  • Caulfield Racecourse Lake (300)
  • Don Lake (400)
  • Emerald Lake (500)
  • Ferntree Gully Quarry (450)
  • Garfield Lake (250)
  • Karkarook Lake (2000)
  • Lilliput Lane Reserve (100)
  • Lilydale Lake (1000)
  • Nursery Reservoir (500)
  • Pakenham Lake (750)
  • Rowville Lakes (200)
  • Roxburgh Park Lake (400)
  • Spavin Lake (600)
  • Walter J Smith Reserve (200)
  • Yarrambat Lake (1000)



The stocked rainbow trout have been grown by the Victorian Fisheries Authority at the Snobs Creek hatchery near Eildon.

A daily bag limit of five trout applies in lakes, of which only two trout can exceed 35 centimeters.

A total of 35,000 catchable sized rainbow trout have been stocked into more than 70 waters state-wide for the school holidays. For the full list of state-wide waterways stocked for these school holidays visit: www.vfa.vic.gov.au/holidaytrout

Quotes attributable to Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne:

“Stocking our waters with rainbow trout provides the perfect opportunity for families and kids to get outdoors and try their luck casting a line these school holidays.”

“Rainbow trout are ideal for fishers of all ages and skill levels as they’re relatively easy to catch – making it a great day out on the water.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Melton Steve McGhie:

“It’s great to see rainbow trout stocked in our waters – including here at Navan Park Lake in Melton – just in time for the school holidays.”

“This is a wonderful way for families and kids to get active and enjoy their time outdoors with loved ones – while landing their first ever fish – so close to home.”