Catch the latest at free fishing forums

01 July 2024

For the fourth consecutive year the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) will host 12 informative fishing forums at angling clubs across the state, beginning at Boort on 9 July.

The forums are an ideal opportunity for passionate anglers to hear from experts, discuss their much-loved pastime, and share ideas to make fishing even better.

Each forum will feature presentations from VFA staff on the latest in fishing, including updates on projects being delivered through the Victorian Government’s $96 million Fishing and Boating Plan.

The first of the 12 forums will be held at the Boort Angling Club on Tuesday 9 July with a further 11 evenings planned in July and August at Maryborough, Melton, Glen Waverley, Dartmouth, Seaholme, Geelong West, Horsham, Ouyen, Sale, Omeo and Inverloch.

The forums, all of which will be held on weeknights between 7 and 9pm will feature a comprehensive presentation before the audience gets the chance to talk with speakers directly, ask questions and exchange ideas.

Topics will be tailored to each region and include VFA efforts to recover native fish including Macquarie perch, wild trout populations, Gippsland’s embayment fisheries, and Port Phillip Bay’s diverse and productive net-free future.

VFA Acting CEO Luke O’Sullivan said he looked forward to sharing lots of great news with forum audiences this year and listening to suggestions about how we can further improve facilities and everyone’s time on the water.

“These forums are the perfect place to ask that burning question that’s long been debated amongst family, friends and mates,” he said.

“We’re really keen to hear what matters to fishers in their neck of the woods because locals know their patch better than anyone.”

Forums are free and booking isn’t required. Find out more at