Gone Fishing Day 2019

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.

20 October 2019

Come n' Try Beach Fishing - InverlochTBC

Free - no booking required.

RSVP here on Facebook.

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 20 October, 2019.

To advertise your event, please use our Gone Fishing Day event flyers below.

To support your event, funding is available from the RFL small grants program.

For further information, to discuss a potential project or for assistance with an application please email improving.fishing@vfa.vic.gov.au or call Richard Rogala on 03 8392 6872.

Additional funding for fishing rods to run fishing clinics on Gone Fishing Day

In 2019, for the first time, the Victorian Fisheries Authority will be offering up to 20 fishing clubs the opportunity to receive a $600 (GST exclusive) Gone Fishing Day grant to purchase fishing rods to be used during their fishing clinics.

This will equip fishing clubs with new equipment to run fishing clinics on Gone Fishing Day and future events in their own local area.

Click here to read more, and to apply for fishing rod funding.