Getting more kids fishing more often

01 August 2018

View the original media release here.

The Andrews Labor Government today announced free fishing clinics for kids to help get more youngsters into Victoria’s great outdoors and try their luck at reeling in a catch of the day.

Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford today joined fishing icon and VicFishKids ambassador Rex Hunt at Ararat’s Alexandra Lake to promote the five clinics in September and October.

VicFishKids events are fun and everything is provided so kids can learn to cast, tie knots and understand what to do when they catch a fish.

The events will be hosted by the Victorian Fisheries Authority, and take place between 10:00am and 2:00pm on the following days:

  • 1 September at Eildon Pondage as part of the Goulburn Fishing Festival
  • 16 September at Pakenham Lake
  • 7 October at Kennington Reserve in Bendigo
  • 14 October at Karkarook Lake in Heatherton
  • 21 October at Alexandra Lake in Ararat

There will be 200 rod and reel outfits given away at each event to encourage beginners to stick with the hobby and try it again another time.

VicFishKids events boast activities for all the family, including trout being released on the day with help from the kids and a photo booth to immortalise that fish of a lifetime.

For more information, visit vfa.vic.gov.au/vicfishkids.

Quote attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford

“Our Target One Million plan is about getting more people fishing, more often – that’s exactly what these events will do.”

“These events will help kids try the popular pastime in a safe environment and with expert help from Fishcare and angling club volunteers.”

“Right across the Wimmera, there is a perfect spot to cast a line and try your luck at a fun and family friendly past time.”