Golden tag program
Golden Tag fishing program suspended
From midnight 8 July the Golden Tag program was suspended until further notice.
The Golden Tag program was established to support bushfire affected communities and business by encouraging visitors and recreational fishing tourism back into bushfire affected areas to reinvigorate local economies.
The Golden Tag program commenced on 1 March 2020 and was suspended during the previous stay at home orders. The program resumed on 1 June when regional visitation and overnight stays were again permitted.
With the current reinstatement of COVID-19 stay at home orders for Melbourne’s metropolitan area and with state border closures, the Golden Tag promotion has been suspended until further notice.
Fishing is not a permitted activity under restrictions currently in place in metropolitan Melbourne, as at 16 September.
Under Step Three restrictions, fishing is permitted in regional Victoria with no limits on the distance travelled or time for exercise and recreation. Click here to read more about the latest advice.
Claims of tagged fish caught during the closure will not be considered valid and fishers will not receive the $2,000 prize.
The VFA will keep fishers up to date as to when the Golden Tag program resumes.
While you are still able to go fishing, it’s important that we all do the right thing and protect our communities.
We’re confident that there’ll be plenty of tagged fish still out there when we can all travel freely in Victoria again.