Stawell's Cato Lake stocked with trout

Cato Lake in Stawell is among lakes across the region to be stocked with more fish for the school holidays.

Cato Lake has been stocked with more trout for the enjoyment of anglers over the school holidays.

Cato Lake has been stocked with more trout for the enjoyment of anglers over the school holidays.

The Nationals candidate for Ripon, Scott Turner, said beginner anglers and their families can catch a new hobby over the school holidays with about 30,000 catchable size rainbow trout stocked into inland waters across the state.

Mr Turner said more than 60 'Family Fishing Lakes' had shared in stockings of trout, including 300 rainbow trout into Cato Lake in Stawell.

"The Victorian Coalition Government recognises the social and economic contribution recreational fishing makes to our state and we want to encourage more families and children to get involved in this healthy outdoor pastime," Mr Turner said.

"Rainbow trout are a good option for children or those people new to fishing because they are relatively easy to catch and take a variety of baits and lures.

"The rainbow trout stocked by Fisheries Victoria are of catchable size so those heading out for a fish during the school holidays will have a better chance of landing their first catch."

Mr Turner said the stockings of rainbow trout had been funded by proceeds from fishing licence fees and the Victorian Coalition Government's $16 million Recreational Fishing Initiative.

"The Initiative is improving fishing opportunities across the state, including projects to stock more fish, improve access and facilities, upgrade boating facilities, install fish cleaning tables, improve fish passage, undertake more research and strengthen fisheries enforcement and education," Mr Turner said.

"The Victorian Coalition Government is building a better Victoria. By improving fishing opportunities and education across the state, we are helping rural and regional communities to thrive.

"Recreational fishing makes a significant contribution to local communities and their economies by supporting hotels, petrol stations, supermarkets, and bait and tackle stores."

Anglers are reminded that a daily bag limit of five trout applies in Family Fishing Lakes, of which only two trout can exceed 35 centimetres. At this time of year, trout cannot be taken from rivers.

For more information about catch limits refer to the Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide, available free from most good fishing tackle shops, online or by downloading the free 'Vic Fishing' smartphone app.

For a full list of waters stocked with rainbow trout these school holidays, visit www.depi.vic.gov.au/holidaytrout

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