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Mount Buffalo Ranger’s worst nightmare

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In early december a few teenagers went bushwalking and fishing in the tiny streams on top of Mount Buffalo.  Kayla was walking beside a stream less than a metre wide when she spotted this huge brown trout in the water at her feet

Kayla Severs with the five pounder up Mt Buffalo

Kayla Severs with the five pounder up Mt Buffalo

A very experienced sea fisher, Kayla had never caugh a trout.  She called out to the others to bring the landing net.  That’s right – the net – no fishing line or flies – just the net.

One scoop later and Kayla had her photo taken holding the prize fish – and the two young men had their photos taken as well (you know, bragging rights!) and then returned the fish to the water.

On the way out of the park, they showed the photos to the ranger who asked, “What did you do with the fish”.  Upon hearing that it had been put back, the ranger was disappointed and told them that trout should never be put back as Parks Victoria don’t want trout in their streams.

Kayla told me that they saw around half a dozen fish this size together with an abundance of pan sized fish in the various streams they walked that afternoon.

Well, it looks like they’re biting up Lake Buffalo right now so we should get the word out to the fishing fraternity, and the tourist industry, and help the Parks Ranger get them out of the poor man’s streams


Written by Greg Naylor

11 December 2008 at 12:42 am

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  1. She put it back? There are only 2 things to do with a fish like that – eat it, or stuff it.

    It’s amazing to learn there are fish that big on top of Mt Buffalo.

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    12 December 2008 at 12:18 am

  2. That’s the amazing thing. None of the district locals even bother with those little streams and some who refuse to believe Kayla’s story – in spite of the photo with the easily identified rocks in the background. Ah well, their loss.
    At least you know where to send your guests to catch themselves a feed whilst at Grevillia Gardens

    Greg Naylor

    12 December 2008 at 1:02 am

  3. I’ll have to get in touch with Kayla then!

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    12 December 2008 at 8:48 pm

  4. A fish like that was too lovely to keep and to keep it would be a shame, so the photos were all we needed to be happy. To see a fish like that live another day was nice, we only went home with one fish to eat as nice as they taste a lovely fish that size belonged in the water.


    16 December 2008 at 6:27 pm

  5. Fair enough, Kayla, I don’t like fresh water fish for eating anyway – I much prefer sea fish.

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    17 December 2008 at 9:16 pm

  6. Lovely fish Kayla ,

    Did you by any chance get the name of the Parks officer ?

    I am not asking you to publish it here but if I could obtain his name I would like to pursue this.
    Victorians pay a licence fee so that they can fish for inland fish both Natives and game fish like trout. Much money is invested in our trout fishery to provide a destination for people to enjoy fishing and the outdoors. Local business also greatly benefits from visiting fishermen who buy fuel , food , accomodation.

    The Parks officer should be brought to task !


    16 July 2009 at 5:12 pm

  7. Agree with Max. That sort of sentiment form the ranger is bothersome. We pay fees for the right to fish these streams. Park Vic must do something about a statement to their rangers. Something like 40% of visitation is by fishermen. Should we all just stay in the city and look longingly towards the hills where the lucky rangers can create a world where we are not welcome?
    irritating attitude. Well done on the trout btw. sensational fish and great pic.


    17 July 2009 at 9:10 am

  8. Well it might come to a shock but a few years ago the lake and reservoir were both drained to repair the their respective walls. It was found that not many trout were actually in each and those that these were removed due to being non native. Whilst they were drained all feeder streams were also strippped of any non natives and mountain galaxia were introduced ,a native of the high country. Have been fishing up at Buffalo and i wouldnt bother with the drive up small and far between fish are found. Rumour is the fish in the pic was taken up for the Photo!!!!


    20 July 2009 at 11:19 am

    • Let me quash the rumour of a fixed photo. Anyone who knows the area should be able to recognise the location.

      I can produce two of the young people involved in this episode. I have spoken independently to both of them and their version of events are the same. I have not spoken with the third, but that could be arranged too. You might even speak to the ranger as they showed him the photo

      Greg Naylor

      20 July 2009 at 3:28 pm

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