Time to get trout fishing!

After a long, cold winter, it’s finally time to get back out onto the river in search of trout! This year, trout and salmonid season opens Saturday 1 September.  For many trout anglers, the first Saturday of September is their favourite time of year, it is the weekend they spend weeks counting down to, much like the AFL Grand Final or Melbourne Cup for other people.

Victoria has a fantastic variety of trout and salmonids including brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout and chinook salmon. There are also so many great fishing spots to catch these beauties along the Goulburn River, Mitta Mitta River and Rubicon River as well as many other lakes and reservoirs.

The Goulburn River is recieving arguably Victoria’s largest fish stocking with an amazing 7 tonnes worth ex-broodstock trout being released today. These huge sized trout were stocked across 11 family friendly sites from the Eildon Pondage to the Molesworth Caravan Park. 2,000 fish have been released, with 500 of these fish into the Eildon Pondage.

Trout and salmonids have different regulations depending on the area you are fishing, including different bag limits and minimum size limits. Be sure to check out the Victorian Fisheries Authorities trout and salmon regulations page to follow the rules for your favourite fishing spot!

To celebrate the open season, the Victorian Fisheries Authority are once again holding Trout Opening Festivals on Saturday 1 September 2018. For more information, click the links below.

If you suspect any illegal fishing activity, contact the Victorian Fisheries Authority on 13FISH (13 3474).


2000 monster rainbow trout will be released along the Goulburn river.It's hoped the big fish will attract more anglers to the region and help boost tourism acorss regional Victoria.

Posted by WIN News Shepparton on Thursday, 30 August 2018

VRFish Deputy Chair, Steven Relf, at today’s Trout Release.

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