454,000 Australian Bass Fingerlings Released Into 19 Gippsland Rivers And Lakes

454,000 Australian Bass Fingerlings Released Into 19 Gippsland Rivers And Lakes

Victoria Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford

The Bass Just Keeps Getting Bigger And Better In Gippsland

Victor P Taffa

Recreational anglers in Gippsland have welcomed in the New Year with a record stocking of more than 454,000 Australian bass fingerlings into 19 rivers and lakes.

Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford was in Orbost and said the new record would deliver long-lasting benefits for freshwater fishers, nearly tripling the previous record of 162,000 bass fingerlings released in 2016.

“Right across the state, fish stocking records continue to be broken. We’re proud to lead the charge right here in East Gippsland, helping more anglers reel in a catch of the day more often.” Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said.


Australian bass are an iconic sportfish and through the Andrews Government’s Target 1 Million plan we are accelerating the development of these fisheries which will deliver direct benefits to anglers and regional businesses that depend on tourism.

Bass stockings in Gippsland have gone from strength to strength since its commencement in 2002 and there are now several supreme fisheries including Blue Rock Lake and Lake Glenmaggie.

“There’s never been a better time to get into the great outdoors and experience the very best that our Gippsland lakes, rivers and freshwater creeks have to offer.” Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said.

454,000 bass, which were grown at a private hatchery in Narooma using wild brood stock collected in Gippsland, have been released into:

  • Mitchell River 110,000
  • Snowy River 90,000
  • Macalister River 43,500
  • Wonnangatta River 40,000
  • Lake Glenmaggie 35,000
  • Blue Rock Lake 30,000
  • Tambo River 27,500
  • Timbarra River 20,000
  • Thomson River 15,000
  • Avon River 9,000
  • Lake Guthridge 7,500
  • Lake Narracan 5,000
  • Tyers River 5,000
  • Cowwarr Weir 4,000
  • Freestone Creek 3,000
  • Lake Hyland 3,000
  • Rainbow Creek 3,000
  • Traralgon Creek 2,000
  • Valencia Creek 2,000

Anglers can expect to hear more in coming months about the release of 4 Million native fish this summer including Murray cod, golden perch and silver perch, alongside species of conservation significance such as Macquarie perch and trout cod.