Fish safe, fish smart

Fishing is a fun and healthy activity available to everyone regardless of gender, culture, ability or age.

Our waterways are beautiful but  must be treated with respect, so for a fun, safe fishing adventure use the following checklist.

Check the weather

  • Check the weather of the area you'll be fishing in and it's surrounds on the Bureau of Meteorology website
  • Be aware of any current weather warnings

Tell someone your plans

  • Let a friend or family member know where you'll be fishing, when you'll be back and how to get in touch with you

Always fish with a friend

  • Take a buddy out when you go fishing, and look out for each other

Take your safety gear

  • Make sure you're wearing a lifejacket whenever you're out on the water
  • Keep your phone, first-aid kit, rope and esky nearby

Dress appropriately

  • Wear covered, non-slip shoes, a long-sleeved shirt, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses

Keep an eye out

  • Always keep your eyes on the water

For certain types of fishing, there's extra safety precautions you should follow. If you're interested in rock fishing, or fishing from a boat, take a look at the safety advice below:

Go Fishing Booklets

Go Fishing - Family Fishing Lakes

Go Fishing - Port Phillip Bay

Go Fishing - Western Port Bay

Be Safe When Fishing flyers

Be Safe When Fishing - English

Be Safe When Fishing - Chinese

Be Safe When Fishing - Vietnamese

Be Safe When Fishing - Karen