• Hannah Phillips

Mallee Fishers Prepare to Cast a Line

Recreational fishers across Victoria's Mallee can look forward to wetting a line in a new lake next summer after great work from local anglers, Yarriambiack Shire and a State Government Target One Million plan grant.

Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford visited the region on Friday to announce work had commenced this week on the new waterway, which was historically known as Willow Lake.

The new lake will use the shell of the decommissioned town water reservoir and be maintained by a newly constructed pipeline from Lake Lascelles.

Once complete, the 1.4ha lake will provide anglers with a family-friendly destination, located away from motorised water-based activities.

“Recreational fishing has never been better across Western Victoria – the iconic lakes across the Wimmera are a tourism drawcard, Minister Pulford said.

"From camping, fishing, walking – there is something for everyone to enjoy.

"We’re proud to make it even more accessible with this new Lake.”

The $60,600 grant is being used by the Lake Lascelles/Corrong Committee of Management for earthworks, the construction of two 9m fishing platforms and picnic facilities.

Fish will be stocked into the lake next summer when water levels permit, with the Victorian Fisheries Authority planning to stock thousands of native fish fingerlings, including golden perch and silver perch.

The committee hopes the new lake will emulate the performance of native fish in neighbouring Lake Lascelles, where stocked golden perch now provide great fishing opportunities for locals and visitors.

To find out more about the State Government's Target One Million plan, visit: vfa.vic.gov.au/targetonemillion.