Gone Fishing Day 2018

Sunday 20 October is Gone Fishing Day when all Australians are encouraged to get out on the water with family and friends to celebrate our love of fishing.

It doesn't matter if you haven't fished before. Gone Fishing Day is for everyone!

You can join a free fishing event or simply take the family, grab a mate or enjoy some time out for yourself wetting a line.

Getting more people fishing, more often, is at the heart of the State Government's Target One Million Plan, which aims to get more Victorians fishing, more often.

Licence free day

A recreational fishing licence will not be required in Victoria on Gone Fishing Day on Sunday 20 October, 2019.

Our events


Event details



20 October 2019

Hooked on Bellarine

10am – 4pm

Free. No booking required.

Portarlington Safe Harbour foreshore.

Community led events


Host and event details


Important information

14 October 2018

Warrnambool and District Fishcare – ‘Come and Try Fishing on Gone Fishing Day’

10am - 12pm

Hopkins River along Jubilee Park Rd, Allansford VIC 3277 Australia

14 October 2018

Colac Anglers Club – ‘Gone Fishing Day Colac’ (PDF - 894.1 KB)

9am – 1pm

Colac Anglers Clubrooms, Lake Colac, VIC 3250 Australia

14 October 2018

Gippsland Lakes Fishing Club – ‘Gone Fishing Day (Family Fishing Fun Day)’

10am – 3pm

Gippsland Lakes Fishing Club Clubrooms, Bullock Island, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909 Australia

14 October 2018

That's The Thing About Fishing – ‘Family/Kids' Fishing Day’ (IMAGE - 352.1 KB)

9:30am – 2:30pm

Mordialloc Creek, 1A Nepean Hwy, Aspendale VIC 3195 Australia

14 October 2018Bellarine Pirates Angling Club - 'Come & Try Fishing' at Hooked On Bellarine10am - 4pmPortarlington Pier, Harding Street, Portarlington VIC 3223
14 October 2018Lake Purrumbete Angling Club's Gone Fishing Day (PDF - 765.4 KB) 8am - 12pmLake Purrumbete Angling Club, 540 Purrumbete Estate Road, Camperdown VIC 3260
14 October 2018Undera Angling Club – ‘Learn to Fish on Gone Fishing Day’10am - 3pmFerreri Park, Mooroopna, VIC 3629
14 October 2018Kyabram Anglers Club – ‘Come Try Fishing Day’9am-12:30pmChannelbank, McEwen Rd, Kyabram VIC 3620
14 October 2018Port Fairy Angling Club – ‘Come and Try Day’10:30am - 1pm6 Gipps Street, Port Fairy VIC 3284
14 October 2018Strathbogie Euroa Angling Club – ‘Gone Fishing Day’9am - 3pmEuroa Arboretum, 76 Euroa Main Road, Euroa VIC 3666
14 October 2018Omeo Angling Club - "Gone Fishing Day"10amLivingstone Creek, 20 Creek St, Omeo VIC 3898
14 October 2018Mitcham Angling Club - 'Fishing Come & Try Day'
(WORD - 7.8 MB)
10am - 2pm
2 hour sessions - bookings essential
Cripps Family Fish Farm, 151 Moorooduc Hwy, Baxter VIC 3911

14 October 2018

Victoria Chinese Angling Association, Australia Chinese Angling Association and Metropolitan Anglers Association – ‘Gone Fishing Day’

10am – 2pm

Pykes Creek Road, Myrniong VIC 3341

14 October 2018

Casterton Angling Society – ‘Gone Fishing Day’

10am – 2pm

Ess Lagoon Road, Casterton VIC 3311

14 October 2018

Victorian Bosnian Fishing Association – ‘Fishing Competition and Clinic’

10am – 4pm

Lauriston Reservoir, Lauriston Reservoir Rd, Kyneton VIC 3444

14 October 2018

Lismore Angling Club – ‘Family/Kids Fishing Day’

11am – 2pm

Lismore Golf Club Dam, 150 Hamilton Hwy, Lismore VIC 3324

14 October 2018

Kyneton Angling Club – ‘Gone Fishing Day’

10am – 4pm

Campaspe River, Kyneton Botanic Gardens, Clowes Street, Kyneton VIC 3444

14 October 2018Goulburn Broken CMA - 'Fishing at the Lake'11am - 3pm

Victoria Park Lake, Shepparton VIC 3630

Where else can I fish?

If events aren't your thing and you're just keen to wet a line quietly, here's some information on fishing locations.

Want to host an event and get funding support?

We're encouraging the angling clubs, community groups, Landcare groups and schools to run their own Gone Fishing Day community fishing events locally on Sunday 14 October, 2018.

To advertise your event, please use our Gone Fishing Day Flyer template (WORD - 7.7 MB) .

Funding is available through the Gone Fishing Day grants program.

Steps to apply for a Gone Fishing Day grant

Step 1: Read the information on the Gone Fishing Day grants program web page.

Step 2: Make yourself familiar with the Gone Fishing Day Grants Program Guidelines and Conditions (PDF - 488.9 KB) .

Step 3: Complete the Gone Fishing Day Grant Program online application form.

For further information, to discuss a potential project or for assistance with an application please email improving.fishing@vfa.vic.gov.au or call Lachlan Jones on 03 8392 7537.