The Golden Tag competition is back!

The Golden Tag fishing competition is back, bigger and better than before.

Recreational fishers have the opportunity to explore regional Victoria and land a tagged fish worth up to $10,000 as part of an expanded Golden Tag competition to boost tourism across the state.

The Victorian Fisheries Authority started the Golden Tag competition in February 2020, successfully encouraging visitation to Gippsland and the state’s north-east as communities recovered from bushfires.

Click here to view the full list of tagged waters and species.

The relaunched competition sees $10,000 tagged fish released into bushfire-affected areas in East Gippsland (Marlo, Bemm River, Tamboon Inlet, Lake Tyers, Gippsland lakes, Mallacoota), the North East and Alpine regions.

In addition to the $10,000 tagged fish and more than 950 remaining $2,000 tags in these areas, golden tags of both values have been spread across the state with more species to catch and more locations to share in the bounty.

Trout have been tagged in South West Victoria’s famous crater lakes of Purrumbete and Bullen Merri boast golden tagged fish along with Bellfield Reservoir in the Grampians. Australian bass have been tagged in Gippsland’s Snowy River as well as Glenmaggie and Blue Rock lakes

In northern Victoria, the fishing mecca of Lake Eildon hosts a particularly valuable catch of cod and yellowbelly. Murray cod and golden perch will be tagged in the Sunraysia’s Lindsay River and Kings Billabong.

Fishers can follow the Burnanga trail along the Goulburn and Ovens rivers to the Murray and chase tagged Murray cod once cod season opens on December 1. Burnanga means cod in the language of the Yorta Yorta people.

Thanks to the Victorian Government’s $35 million Target One Million commitment to open access to waters like Upper Coliban, Lauriston, Tullaroop and Barkers Creek reservoirs, you 'll be able to launch your tinny in central Victoria and try your luck for a tagged fish.The far west coast around Portland will score tagged southern bluefin tuna and Rocklands Reservoir’s thriving native fish population will be been bolstered with tagged fish, completing the list of additional locations.

Click here to read up on the rules of the promotion and frequently asked questions.

Click here to read the terms and conditions of the promotion.

Golden Tag regionWatersSpecies
East Gippsland*Marlo, Mallacoota, Bemm River, Gippsland Lakes, Tamboon InletFlathead, bream, estuary perch, luderick
North-East Victoria*

Nariel Creek, Ovens River, Kiewa River, Eildon Pondage

Brown and rainbow trout
Lake HumeLake HumeMurray cod and golden perch

The Burnanga trail - Central Victoria to the Murray

Ovens River, Goulburn River, Lake Nagambie

Murray Cod, golden perch

Lake Eildon

Lake Eildon

Murray Cod, golden perch

Australian bass trail

Lake Glenmaggie, Blue Rock Dam, Snowy River

Australian Bass

Sunset country - Mildura

Lindsay River, Kings Billabong, Mullaroo River, Gunbower Creek

Murray cod, golden perch

South West trophy trout lakes

Lake Purrumbete, Lake Bullen Merri, Lake Bellfield

Brown and rainbow trout

Central Victorian lakes

Upper Coliban Reservoir, Lauriston Reservoir, Barkers Creek Reservoir, Tullaroop Reservoir

Murray cod, golden perch


Rocklands Reservoir

Murray cod, Golden perch

West Coast

Offshore near Portland

Southern bluefin tuna**

* Denotes bushfire affected region originally part of Golden Tag

** Southern bluefin tuna will be tagged by January, 2021