North East Victoria
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North East Victoria
Out and About : Summer 2015-2016
Summer 2015-16 ut &About 35 Restaurant & Bar Private Functions Catered Lunch - Thursday to Sunday • Dinner - Wednesday to Sunday 6pm till late 498 Dean St, Albury 02 6045 8586 unionlanealbury.com.au AW1800400 UNINLNE GONE FISHING It s yabby season so know your limits WERE you organised enough to use a yabby net, or were you like most of us kids who took a bit of string and some sneaked meat, and mum s strainer to catch those elusive gems? Catching yabbies all adds up to one of the best ever childhood experiences. It s still possible to recapture those moments with the grandchildren, as a simple pastime and a few yabbies aren t going to upset the balance of nature. But sometimes it is tempting to go overboard, especially if you have a crowd coming for dinner and you are bent on impressing them. As a recreational angler (sounds posher than yabby catcher) Fisheries Victoria remind us about catch limits and equipment restrictions when shing for freshwater yabbies in Victorian waterways. If you can catch more than a 150 yabbies -- that string will be whooshing in and out like crazy -- then you have reached your daily catch limits as it applies to all Victorian waterways. That s 20 litres of whole yabbies or ve litres of yabby meat up to 150 tails. Of course you can t have any mum yabbies -- they are the ones they call berried females -- they have to be popped back into the water to make sure the yabby stocks build up again for the next season. If you do go for the more ef cient catching methods of using nets then there are limits on how many nets may be used in certain waters, must be tagged with the user s full name and address, and must remain on or above the water s surface at all times. Yabby pots, which include opera house nets, can t be used in public waters, but can be used in private waters, such as farm dams. No more than ve recreational hoop nets can be used in the Goulburn, Ovens, Glenelg, Latrobe, Tarra, Mitta Mitta and Kiewa river systems. The same limit applies to Wodonga Creek, Ryans Creek, Waranga Basin, Carrol s Creek or in any tributary of those waters or any of their impounded waters. However, Lake Eildon, Rocklands Reservoir or Lake Dartmouth have a limit of 10 hoop nets. For more information, including yabby net dimension rules, anglers should check the Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide or download the free Vic Fishing app for smartphones. For more information visit www.depi.vic.gov.au/ shing. Long hot days means a cool swim in the local waterhole, or better yet, a bit of quiet time to catch some yabbies.