The chances of catching a fish in Shepparton’s Victoria Park Lake have just improved.
Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford paid a special visit to the lake alongside members of various community groups and the Victorian Fisheries Authority to release fish there.
Ms Pulford welcomed those in attendance by inviting them to take part in releasing 20 silver and golden perch into the water.
Victorian Fisheries Authority inland fisheries manager Anthony Forster said the purpose of the release was to provide children with increased opportunities to reel in a fish this coming weekend.
‘‘On Sunday we’ve got a terrific event called Gone Fishing Day which is a national program,’’ he said.
‘‘And to support the kids and families we’re stocking some large silver and golden perch.’’
Mr Forster said there would be an extra 70 fish that would follow at the weekend event.
‘‘It’s about giving kids the opportunity to come down and have a chance at catching fish,’’ he said.
‘‘We want to get kids outdoors, we want to get families more connected to nature and we think fishing is a great pathway for that.’’
He said with more than 20 different events being held around Victoria, and the weather forecast looking good, people could expect a great time out fishing.
Gone Fishing Day will be held at Victoria Park Lake from 11am to 3pm on Sunday, October 16. Participants are encouraged to bring a chair and a fishing rod. A free sausage sizzle will be provided and a fishing licence is not required.