Hazelwood Pondage re-opens to recreational fishers

Published on : Wednesday, December 14, 2016

recreational-fishersThe Hazelwood Pondage has re-opened to recreational fishers attracting attention from anglers throughout regional Victoria and even as far as Queensland.


Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing officially opened the pondage last week which is a first for Southern Australia.


“It doesn’t get much better than this – the opening of the Hazelwood barra fishery is great news for the Latrobe Valley and great news for regional Victoria, bringing


more people to the Valley more often and enjoying the great outdoors,” Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said.


More than 14,000 people registered their interest in the Barra Ballot for the new fishery in its first week, which includes boat-based fishers and kayaks to ensure a quality angling experience.


“The creation of a barramundi fishery in Victoria will provide new fishing opportunities for locals and keen anglers throughout the state, adding to our diverse range of great angling destinations,” Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said in a press release.


A maximum of 25 boats are permitted per day, however, there are no limits on the number of shore-based fishers who can cast in a line and try their luck.


The daily bag limit is one barramundi per person and independent testing has confirmed consumption is safe at recommended levels of two to three serves per week.


Monitoring of the stocked barramundi has revealed specimens over 6kg with greater numbers of smaller fish that will provide exciting fishing opportunities for experts and beginners alike.


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