Salmon on the menu for North East anglers

A Victorian fisheries officer with chinook salmon. The species will be released in Rock Valley Dam.ANGLERS in the North East will soon have a prized new catch available to them.

Chinook salmon will be released in the Rocky Valley Dam near Falls Creek in the spring.

The dam has been allocated 1000 salmon as part of the Victorian government’s expanding fish stocking program.

The announcement was made by the member for Benalla Bill Sykes.

He said across the state more lakes were being stocked with the prized sport fishing species by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries.

“This gives recreational anglers more places to wet their lines and brings visitors to the Falls Creek region from around the state,” Dr Sykes said.

“Across the state, seven lakes will soon share in 22,000 extra chinook salmon.

“They have been grown at the department’s Snobs Creek hatchery near Eildon.

“Salmon released this year are expected to grow to catchable size within 12 months, providing great fishing opportunities for local and visiting anglers.”

The chinook restocking program is funded by proceeds from the sale of recreational fishing licenses.

“The government is committed to putting fishing licence fees to work to deliver the best outcomes for recreational fishers across the state,” Dr Sykes said.

Recently the department has been developing chinook salmon fisheries in lakes Bullen Merri and Purrumbete near Camperdown in south-west Victoria.

This year they will receive an additional 20,000 and 25,000 salmon respectively.

In November last year, 10,000 salmon fingerlings were released into Lake Bullen Merri through funding from licence fees.

It was the first time chinook salmon had been stocked into Victorian waters for five years.

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