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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Friday 30 August 2019

More than 700,000 trout stocked into South West waterways

Freshwater trout fishing is extremely popular with anglers, however trout are not native to Australia and are not able to maintain a self-sustaining population in our waterways.

The rainbow trout and brown trout that inhabit waterways in the south west of Western Australia are bred at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Pemberton Freshwater Research Centre and released as part of a carefully-managed freshwater stocking program.

These hatchery-reared trout are grown using money from freshwater angling licence fees.

This year’s stocking will include 685,000 rainbow fry (very young trout), 6,500 advanced rainbow yearlings, 11,100 rainbow yearlings, 2,500 ex broodstock rainbows, 500 ex broodstock browns and 6,000 brown yearlings.

The good news is that more large trout will be released this year than in previous years, giving fishers a better opportunity to catch one of these prized fish.

The trout are only currently stocked into waterways with a history of stocking these exotic fish, and are not released into streams that have been identified as having a high conservation value for native freshwater species.

Trout stocking locations and the numbers stocked each year are published on the Fisheries website.

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