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Stocks rise for fisheries

Thanks to annual stocking programs, anglers can enjoy the catch – like this lovely golden perch caught by Mildura angler Gareth Lynch at Lake Eildon.WHILE most of our local rivers and streams rely on nature’s floods and high spring flows to promote the amorous activities of our ­native fish, it seems artificial recruitment is also helping to ensure good numbers of juvenile fish are available in waters where natural propagation is not working so well.
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Murray cod and golden perch will readily breed most seasons along the Murray and

its smaller tributaries during the spring flows.

Strong recruitments of both species are indicative of high rivers or floods but even under less than perfect conditions some natural recruitment does occur.

This, it seems, is not the case in many of our impoundments and lakes where natural recruitment of juvenile fish seems to be non-existent.

Fish stocking has been an accepted practice and means of providing angling ­opportunities at such locations for many years and it seems the momentum is gaining pace.

Victoria leads the way with record numbers of native fish being released into many waterways to ensure excellent angling opportunities into the future.

Lake Eildon is the perfect example and an awesome fishery that now boasts truly giant Murray cod and the biggest golden perch you are ever likely to see.

This season Lake Eildon has been stocked with a record number of golden perch to ­improve freshwater fishing opportunities, not only for Victorian anglers but those drawn from interstate in the hopes of ­catching a fish.

About 250,000 golden perch fingerlings have been released this year, eclipsing the previous biggest total of 233,500 in 2009.

Golden perch do not breed in Lake ­Eildon, so stocking is the only way to ­maintain the fishery.

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