Troutfest 2019 – Celebrating a Great Fishery

With the trout season now in full swing and the spring weather allowing you to get out and enjoy WA’s beautiful South West, we’d like to take the time to reflect on our recent Troutfest event.

The community helped us release hundreds of trout

More than 300 people joined us at Drakesbrook Dam on August 31 to help the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, the Pemberton Trout Hatchery and Recfishwest stock the dam with hundreds of brown and rainbow trout.

Families and kids of all ages got their feet wet and their hands dirty as they helped us bring fish of varying sizes to the water before carefully sending them on their way.

The event also saw members from the Australian Trout Foundation and Western Australian Trout and Freshwater Angling Association share their knowledge with attendees on all things fishing, including casting lessons, bait and lure fishing techniques and rigging.

Some lucky trout fishing newbies got to actually catch a trout, take some snaps and share the joy with their friends and family. It was great to see so many people enjoying the licence-free Father’s Day weekend and spend time in the majestic landscape of WA’s South West.

All up, the day was a fitting celebration of WA’s fantastic freshwater fishery that brings thousands so much pleasure, as well as helping support the South West’s and the Peel regions’ regional economies.

Troutfest plays part of a carefully managed stocking program, using hatchery reared trout grown from freshwater fishing licence revenue to enhance the fishery and therefore provide better fishing for all. With the Minister announcing an exciting new initiative at Troutfest – the launch of the WA Inland Fisheries Research Advisory Committee, we are confident this will steer the future direction of research and development of inland fisheries, securing a brighter future for the WA trout and freshwater fishery in Western Australia.

Click here to see what the Minister had to say.

Some were lucky to catch their first trout!

Trout Stocking in WA’s South West

It’s not just Drakesbrook that received all the trout love though. Trout have recently been released in many of WA’s south-west waterways including Blackwood River, Brunswick River, Harvey River, Logue Brook Dam, Big Book Dam and Waroona Dam, in sizes from fry right up to ex-brood stock. Check out where you can fish for trout here.

Trout are a species that can really float your boat and have you thinking of nothing else, so if you’re new to trout fishing and keen to have a go, find out all you need to know about trout fishing here.

Thank you

Thank you again to our partners who helped make Troutfest a great success and we look forward to your support next year: Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, the Pemberton Trout Hatchery, Shire of Waroona, the Waroona Visitor Centre, Waroona Lions Club, Alcoa, Australian Trout Foundation and the Western Australian Trout and Freshwater Angling Association (WATFAA).

Also thank you to those that entered our Troutfest event feedback form, congratulations to Patrick Umali who was picked out of the hat to win our freshwater prize pack.

Check out our selection of pictures from the day below (click on each image to see a larger vision).

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:

A big thankyou to Alcoa for their support of Troutfest 2019.

Troutfest 2019

Sign up form for the 2019 Troutfest event at Drakesbrook Dam on the 31st of August 10am - 1:30pm.
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