Posted on 31. May, 2010 in Victoria

The Goulburn River between Eildon and Alexandra became Victoria’s second official premier fishing river today.

At Eildon for the announcement, Minister Responsible for Fisheries Joe Helper said three Premier rivers were being developed across the state, in conjunction with five Premier lakes, to provide high-value recreational fishing for all.

“The Brumby Labor Government is enhancing recreational fishing opportunities for all Victorians,” Mr Helper said.

“The Goulburn is the second of three Premier Rivers to be established under the Victorian Government’s $3.2 million Go Fishing in Victoria initiative.

“Fish habitat improvement, river frontage enhancement works and additional fisheries monitoring have all been undertaken along this stretch to improve angler access, stream health and habitat values.”

Member for Seymour Ben Hardman said several access points had been improved with fencing and stock exclusion works being carried out. There are at least 12 prime locations for anglers.

“People can try fly fishing, cast a lure or use fresh bait to catch their prize for the day,” Mr Hardman said.

“A five-year trial stocking program for this section of the Goulburn also began last year when 2300 trout were released in September. This number will be boosted to 10,000 a year for the remainder of the trial.”

“Work is also continuing along another stretch of the Goulburn near Shepparton and along the Kiewa River.”

The on-ground works of this project were undertaken by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority.

Mr Helper said a new product had been released as part of the project to provide information about where and how anglers can access and fish the river.

The information guide, Upper Goulburn River- Fishing for a Premier Experience, has a wealth of fishing information and a map of the area.

The guide is printed on waterproof paper and folds to fit in a tackle bag or car glove box. To order a copy of the new guide email go.fishing@dpi.vic.gov.au with a mailing address or call the DPI on 136 186.

To view a timetable of activities or to learn more about the Go Fishing in Victoria initiative visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/gofishing

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