The Victorian Fisheries Authority has stocked more than 3,000 catchable size rainbow trout into nine lakes across central and northwest Victoria, so if you’re looking for something to do over the school holidays, take the kids fishing!

Minister for Fishing and Boating, Sonya Kilkenny, said that nine lakes and reservoirs from Woodend to Bendigo and up to Birchip had been stocked as part of a program to release almost 35,000 fish into more than 70 lakes across the state.

The state-wide fish stocking blitz is funded by recreational fishing licence fees and the government’s $35 million Go Fishing Victoria plan to get more people fishing, more often.

The family-friendly waterways provide the perfect opportunity for those new to fishing to give it a go as most feature fishing platforms, bankside tracks and picnic areas, which create safe and convenient access for families.

Rainbow trout are perfect for kids and those people new to fishing because they are easy to catch and take a range of baits such as worms, Powerbait and lures.

The trout were grown by the Victorian Fisheries Authority at its Snobs Creek hatchery, near Eildon. In all, 10 million fish were hatched last season including nearly two million trout and salmon.

Stocked waters nearby to Daylesford and Hepburn are Glenlyon Dam and Hanging Rock Lake. Other lakes in central and northwest Victoria  include Crusoe Reservoir. Foletti Caravan Park Lake, Forest Lake, Kennington Reservoir, Neangar Lake and Tchum Lake.

In Family Fishing Lakes, a daily bag limit of 5 trout applies, of which only 2 trout can exceed 35cm. For the state-wide list of stocked waters these holidays visit