2019 South-west Trout Stocking Locations and Troutfest Event

Freshwater fishing in South-west WA can take you to places that are nothing short of breathtaking. There is no better time to get out with your friends or family and enjoy fishing the beautiful streams and rivers or dams in the South-west than the upcoming spring months.

Free fly fishing lessons at last year’s Troutfest

Trout are stocked each year in WA to provide anglers a unique opportunity to chase this prized fish amongst some of nature’s finest backdrops in our southern forests. These hatchery-reared trout are grown using money from freshwater fishing licences and will be stocked over winter and spring.

Earlier in the year, Recfishwest’s Freshwater Fishing Reference Group members met to discuss freshwater fishing matters including recommending stocking numbers and locations to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. We’re pleased to be able to share with you that this year’s freshwater fishing season will see a greater number of larger trout stocked in our South-west waterways than in previous years, allowing fishers greater opportunities to land one of these special fish!

Kids and families help us release trout

This year’s stocking will include 685,000 rainbow fry, 6,500 advanced rainbow yearlings, 11,100 rainbow yearlings,

2,500 ex broodstock rainbows, 500 ex broodstock browns and 6,000 brown yearlings. That brings the grand total to over 700,000 trout for all of us to catch.

Check out the stocking location recommendations here.

Come along to our annual Troutfest event

If you would like to get your hands dirty and help us to stock some trout this year, you can come along to our annual Troutfest event at Drakesbrook Weir at 10am on Saturday the 31st of August. Let us know you’re coming by completing the form below. This stocking event celebrates the traditional start of the freshwater fishing season by providing the community the opportunity to hand-release a few thousand trout into the waterway. The day will include the release of both rainbow and brown trout in sizes from fry (5cm) right up to ex-brood stock fish (>40cm).

Troutfest also gives people the chance to try their hand at freshwater angling as it coincides with the annual licence-free weekend. This is a great opportunity to give freshwater fishing a go for free whilst celebrating father’s day weekend.

There will also be:

  • Free rod hire and tuition
  • Free freshwater tackle and rigging information
  • Free fly casting lessons and demonstrations by the Western Australian Trout Fishing Association Australia
  • Free kids casting challenge
  • Fisheries Education freshwater fish display
  • Australian Trout Foundation promotion (find out about all the places you can go freshwater fishing!)
  • Hooked Gear Clothing for sale
  • Coarse fishing demonstrations (European style of fishing)
  • Lions Club Sausage sizzle
  • Coffee Van
  • Shuttle bus to and from the Waroona Recreation and Aquatic Centre (departing every 30 mins)
  • Plenty of experts to learn from on the day

Click here to see a map of all the activities for the day

Check out last year’s Troutfest event in detail here including more images, or watch the video below:

For many this fishery is clouded in mystery, where in reality it is all about getting into the bush, having a cast and enjoying some of the best parts of WA. So why not bring the family along and be a part of something special! Let us know you can make it by registering below:

Troutfest 2019

Sign up form for the 2019 Troutfest event at Drakesbrook Dam on the 31st of August 10am - 1:30pm.
  • Please enter a value greater than or equal to 1.
    Number of people who will be attending under your name. E.g. You, your partner and your child = 3 attendees.
  • Please note this is a free event. You will not be required to show your ticket on arrival. The registration process is simply required for an estimation of numbers and for catering purposes.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

 

 

Fishing Tuition, Fish release and All Things Freshwater Fishing!

As we move into Spring Recfishwest is celebrating all things freshwater fishing with the launch of the annual TroutFest event kicking off at 10am on September 1, just in time for Father’s Day!

The licence free weekend announced by Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) presents the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together by helping DPIRD and Recfishwest release thousands of fish into Drakesbrook Dam as part of an annual community stocking event.

As well as the fish release, TroutFest also includes freshwater fishing tuition for all ages, an education display by DPIRD, fly casting, freshwater tackle & rigging information and demonstrations and general fishing time for everyone to have a go at freshwater fishing for FREE.

Getaway Outdoors will also be taking part in the event offering free Hobie kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard demonstrations.

This year’s TroutFest is the second freshwater community stocking event, and due to its raging success from last year, this event plans to be bigger and better with something for everyone.

The location is suitable for people of all ages, abilities and knowledge so if you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at freshwater fishing, fly casting or simply wanted to see a Rainbow or Brown Trout in the flesh, then now is your opportunity!

For many, this fishery was clouded in mystery, but after last year’s event TroutFest participants realised it is about getting into the bush, having a cast and enjoying some of the best parts of WA.

Each year, thousands of trout are released by DPIRD into many dams and rivers throughout WA’s South West. The trout are all bred in captivity at DPIRD’s Pemberton Freshwater Research Centre and either released as fry, yearlings or ex brood stock (bigger fish that have finished being used for breeding), and range from a couple of centimetres in size to a kilo plus sized fish. View trout stocking numbers for 2018 here.

The development of this fishery and community stocking event has all been made possible with support from the Recfishwest Freshwater Fisheries Reference Group, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, The Western Australian Trout and Freshwater Angling Association (WATFAA) and the Pemberton Hatchery.

It’s just one of many Recfishwest lead initiatives working towards improving habitat and fish stocks which build better environments that contribute to making fishing better in WA.

Registration is FREE but essential. Register here.

View the activities map here.

Watch last year’s video here.

 

Fish for Free on Father’s Day Weekend!

Freshwater fishing provides a unique opportunity to get outdoors, take in the serenity, calmness and beautiful landscape of WA’s South-west streams, rivers and dams and provides great fun and accessible locations for families to experience the joy of freshwater fishing.

This year, with the help of Recfishwest and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) fishers have the opportunity to get out and about and try your hand at freshwater fishing without the need for a licence.

So if you’re stuck for ideas on what to get dad for Father’s Day, now may be the chance to buy him some freshwater fishing gear and give him the chance to take a break from the hussle and bussle of every day life while catching a prized fish!

Save the dates – 1st and 2nd September.

Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout, are all highly sought after freshwater species and can be found in our Southwest rivers, dams and lakes which are all stocked ready for you to try your luck over the licence free weekend! Redfin Perch are also readily available in most south-west waterways.

Our fantastic ‘How to catch’ article has all you need to know about catching Trout including details on locations, rules and regulations, catch care and cooking information.

As a starting point Harvey Dam, Waroona Dam, Logue Brook Dam, Big Brook Dam, Warren River and Donnelly River are all excellent places for freshwater fishing.

If you love it as much as we think you will and want to fish outside of the licence free weekend, a freshwater licence is available from the Department of Fisheries. The fishing season is open all year round.

Download the Recfishwest app to find out more about rainbow trout, brown trout and redfin perch.

Find a stocked river, dam and/or stream near you by clicking here.

Click here to see our Troutfest event at Draksbrook Weir on September 1 as part of the licence free weekend.