More successful fishing trips can be expected during the school holidays, with more than 35,000 rainbow trout stocked into lakes across Victoria provided by the State Government. 

Funded by the government’s school holiday stocking program to improve fishing, boating, piers and aquaculture – supported by recreational fishing licence fees – Hanging Rock Lake in Woodend and Walter J Smith Reserve in Riddells Creek were both stocked with 200 more trout.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas said fish stocked into local lakes would encourage families to create memories in the great outdoors.

“It’s easier than ever to get kids making memories in the great outdoors, with lakes across the region stocked with catchable fish,” she said.

The Victorian Fisheries Authority, VFA, has stocked more than 26 million fish in the past three years to ensure fishing is provided all year round.

Budding anglers can begin their fishing journey at family-friendly waters, many of which boast access for fishers of all abilities including platform or pontoons, walking tracks, playgrounds, and other facilities such as barbecues. 

For the full list of waterways stocked ahead of the holidays, visit

More information about bag and size limits, and permitted equipment can be found in the Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide, available free from most bait and tackle shops, online at or via the Vic Fishing app.