All anglers are now welcome to Blue Rock Dam in Victoria’s Central Gippsland region after the dam received a much needed change in boating regulations today.
The previous restrictions of boats no greater than 4.3m and 10ph meant the lake could only be fished by those with a small tinny, kayak or from the shore.
The new regulations allow boats of any length and engine size to now operate on Blue Rock Dam provided they stay within the 15 knot speed limit.
These changes have come about after consultation with anglers, lake users and the wider general public and are in place for a 12 month trial period.
Since 2002 there have been more than 160 000 bass fingerlings released into the lake, making it one of Victoria’s premier stocked bass impoundments. To help encourage anglers to the fishery these stocking were helped again today with the release of 12 tagged bass that measure 30-40cm. If your the first to catch one of these 12 tagged bass you can win yourself a $500 tackle voucher. subsequent prize claims will have the chance to win fishing equipment such as rods, reels, tackle etc.
For more information check out the Blue Rock Bass Challenge terms and conditions here
Blue Rock Dam offers the perfect habitat for Australian Bass. Extensive drowned timber, rocky outcrops and riparian vegetation surround much of the lake which offer the bass endless opportunities for both cover and food. The lake is also home to Rainbow & Brown Trout, Redfin and Carp.
The size limit for Australian Bass is 27cm and a bag limit of no more than 2 per person. As Australian Bass are a slow growing species anglers are encouraged to practice catch and release.