That’s right, trout season opening in Victoria for 2019 will be epic. Local rivers around Victoria will officially be open from 11:59 pm on Friday 6 September for the trout season opening. Where better to celebrate than at Eildon. 7 tonnes of trophy-sized rainbow trout were released last year creating a buzz that spread throughout Melbourne and Victoria. Thankfully it’s happening all again. From Saturday 7 September 2019, the Goulburn River and Eildon Pondage will share in 2,000 large rainbow trout weighing 4kg and great released across 11 different locations just for trout opening. Like last year, they’ll have a combined weight of 7 tonnes, which is simply amazing abd the team at FishingMad are keen to get up there an be amongst the action.

Goulburn Fishing Festival 2019

It’s all part of the free Goulburn Fishing Festival that celebrates the opening of trout rivers and the new season. The Goulburn fishing festival will include

  • The local fishing trade expo
  • Guided fishing tour on Eildon Pondage with bait & tackle provided
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Jumping castle, face painting and balloon creations
  • Prizes
  • Tours of Snobs Creek hatchery. Tours depart the Eildon Community Centre hourly from 10.30am
  • Firework display over the pondage from  7pm.


Important information
When: Saturday 7 September 2019
Where: Eildon Community Centre
Time: 10am-4pm


Please use this map as a reference of the 11 points that will have trout released.

Trout Opening 2019 map Don’t forget that there is still plenty of other trout fishing available. As part of the state governments target 1 million by 2020 and target 10 million by 2020 many of our local lakes are being stocked with trout fingerlings and yearlings. Use this link Trout stocking program 2019 to find out which lake around you will be stocked and when. 

Why not watch our video guide on how to catch stocked trout in Victoria which is a helpful guide to help you catch a few trout with your friends or family.

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