June 2019 marks as a historic day for the Ferntree Gully Quarry Reserve. The reserve was stocked with a large volume of rainbow trout, Murray cod and golden perch. This is fantastic news and part of the state governments target 1 million and target 10 million campaigns. The local mayor, mp, Knox city council, Ferntree gully primary school, and local boat club were on hand for the stocking of these native fish species. This is following recent success with other local waterways Casey fields and Karkarook Park. This will make for a wonderful fishing destination for families in years to come. Back in 2016 the park also received a number of needed upgrades to the facilities on site.
A big well done to VR Fish for being local advocates and voices for this fishing campaign. Persistence has paid off so well done to those involved. We ask locals to use catch and release fishing practices as much as possible. Fish need time to get established and breed to build a sustainable system so the last thing we need is people fishing this system to heavily and taking to many fish. Years back the reserve was stcked with cod and estuary perch. Many locals would argue that the reserve was overfished so again we ask people to catch and release fish where possible. Please make sure that if you see people keeping undersized fish that you report it to Victorian fishing authorities.
The reserve is a beautiful and scenic location with stunning cliffside views. It’s often a location unknown to many in Melbourne. But it’s a good location for hiking, swimming, bird watching and in years to come will provide exceptional fishing. It has well-manicured pathways and walking trials.