Celebrating Trout Opening in Isolation

All keen trout fishos will have spent their winter counting down to this Saturday the 5th September as it marks the opening of river trout season. Last year, the banks of the river came alive with fishers from all over the state trying their hand at catching one of the biggest ‘stonker’ trout to ever be hooked up on their lines.

This year, we know that trout opening weekend is looking a little different as the state of Victoria is in varying stages of lockdown. As such, we know many keen trout fishers will be spending opening weekend in the comfort of their own homes reminiscing on past fishing trips and looking forward to the next time they can hook a ripper trout.

Due to the current pandemic and state-wide lockdowns, the annual Ballarat and Goulburn Fishing Festival’s cannot go ahead. Thankfully, the Victorian Fisheries Authority have adapted to the current climate and are hosting an innovative Virtual Trout Hub over on their Facebook page this week so all keen trout fishos can get involved.

There will be virtual tours of Snob’s Creek hatchery, cooking demonstrations, fly tying tips, educational activities for kids, competitions and much more. It’s all happening in the discussion section of the Facebook event, Victorian Fisheries Authority’s Virtual Trout Hub.

For a reminder of the trout fishing rules and regulations, visit the Victorian Fisheries Authority’s trout and salmon specific regulations webpage. There are varying bag and size limits for different waters.

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