THE Victorian trout fishing season in rivers opens at midnight tonight.
But anglers will have to wait until early next month for the opening of NSW trout streams.
Fisheries Victoria executive director Ross McGowan said trout opening weekend was a significant date in the calendar of thousands of freshwater anglers.
“While many of the keenest trout anglers have braved the winter cold and satisfied their fishing urge in lakes, the opening of rivers to trout fishing represents a new opportunity to explore Victoria’s great outdoors,” Mr McGowan said.
“Thousands of anglers will travel to regional Victoria to cast a line for trout in rivers this weekend.
“They will contribute to local economies by staying in caravan parks, buying food and frequenting bait and tackle shops for last-minute supplies.
“Recreational fishing is big business in Victoria and the opening of trout season is no exception.”
He said it was an ideal opportunity to spend time with family and friends by a river somewhere.
“Fisheries Victoria and the Eildon community is again hosting the Goulburn Fishing Festival to help celebrate trout opening,” he said.
A variety of free events are planned, focusing on freshwater fishing and making the most of the state’s lakes and rivers.
The Eildon Community Centre will be the hub of activity with fishing workshops, fly-tying demonstrations, tackle displays and even fireworks over the Eildon pondage.
“Saturday will be a hands-on day with a strong fish focus including trout stocking and fishing in the Eildon pondage, fun activities for children and free tours of the department’s fish hatchery at Snobs Creek,” Mr McGowan said.