NSW Trout Strategy

Trout in hand

In consultation with stakeholders, the department is preparing a strategy to future-proof the recreational trout fishery.

The strategy will recognise and promote awareness of the broad range of socio-economic benefits that trout fishing offers.

Identifying and responding to the various adverse factors affecting this key freshwater fishery is vital if the benefits offered by trout fishing in NSW are to be maintained and developed.

A snapshot of the NSW Trout Strategy (PDF, 4547.42 KB) includes key goals such as angler engagement, research, hatcheries and stocking, management, fish habitat as well as continuing native fish stocking.

A report on the Gaden Trout Hatchery fish kill from January and February 2019:

Trout Strategy workshops

The department will be conducting a series of workshops to guide the direction of the Trout Strategy. The purpose of these meetings is to seek community input on the range of issues affecting the recreational trout fishery and to identify options designed to support high quality trout fisheries and positive angling experiences. Workshops will be held at:

Venue Date and time
L.P. Dutton Trout Hatchery
Point Lookout Road, Ebor

Draft agenda - presentations, discussion followed by electrofishing demo/fish tagging/fish release.
25 May 2019
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Black Gold Motel
121 Main St, Wallerawang (Lithgow)

Draft agenda - presentations, discussion followed by fish release at Lake Wallace.
15 June 2019
2:30pm – 4:30pm

The workshops will include breakout sessions where attendees can discuss ideas about the fishery going forward.

Current issues and potential management options for the NSW recreational trout fishery are summarised in the Trout Strategy Framework (PDF, 6493.67 KB) for reference and to guide discussions at the workshops.

View the Trout Strategy Consultation Report (PDF, 2716.72 KB).