Coronavirus fishing restrictions

For information about the government's roadmaps for reopening, click here.

Stay at Home Restrictions (as at Monday, 18 October)

Metropolitan Melbourne

Under the Second Step in Metropolitan Melbourne's roadmap to easing restrictions recreational activities such as fishing and boating are allowed within 25km of home or permitted work as of 11.59pm on Sunday, 17 October.

Exercise and recreational activities can occur with up to 10 people from a maximum of 2 households. There is no time limit on exercise and recreation, and there is no limit on the amount of times you leave home per day.

Boat ramps and jetties are open. To calculate the 25km radius from your house, click here.

Boating must be undertaken within 25km of your home or workplace (while carrying your permitted worker certificate). While boating you cannot travel more than 25km from your home. You can land at multiple locations however they all must be within 25km of your home

When fishing or boating you must be able to keep a 1.5m distance from other participants, wear a fitted face covering at all times (except for children under 12 or where an exemption applies), practice good hygiene and not share equipment.

To help families in Metropolitan Melbourne to safely wet a line again, urban Family Fishing Lakes will be stocked with catchable size rainbow trout. To see what's been stocked and where, click here.

Boating maintenance is permitted with marine and specialist mechanics able to operate as required for the safe operation of boats. This means that people can take their boats and trailers to businesses that provide boating safety inspections, necessary servicing and maintenance services within 25 km of their residence, unless the nearest service provider is further than this.

The third and last steps in the Roadmap to Reopening will no longer be defined by dates in the calendar. Instead, the “trigger point” for review by the Victoria's public health team will be based solely on reaching case number targets.

You cannot travel into regional Victoria to participate in outdoor exercise or recreation.

Click here for more information regarding current restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne.

Regional Victoria

At 11:59pm on Wednesday, 16 September, Regional Victoria moved to the third step for reopening. You can leave home for permitted exercise and recreation activities that are outdoors and can be done by yourself, members of your household, or in a group of up to ten people. This includes, fishing, hunting, boating, surfing, and recreational diving. There are no limits on the distance you can travel to exercise in regional Victoria. You must be able to maintain a 1.5 metre distance from others. Where possible you should minimise the sharing of equipment and if equipment is shared between users it must be cleaned and disinfected.

Exercise and recreation is not a reason to travel into or out of metropolitan Melbourne. You can only travel to metropolitan Melbourne for permitted work, to seek medical treatment, care and compassionate reasons, or shopping for necessary goods and services.

You are able to travel through metropolitan Melbourne to another regional destination. However, you can only stop to shop for food and essential goods or services, or the permitted reasons outlined for travelling to metropolitan Melbourne above.

You can go camping and holidaying in Regional Victoria. You can camp or holiday (including booked accommodation) with the people you live with, your intimate partner, or the household you have formed a bubble with.

Restrictions will be eased when requirements are met and based on Public Health advice. The roadmap to reopening includes dates when it is expected Victoria will meet case number requirements.

Click here for more information regarding updated restrictions in regional Victoria.

Murray River

The NSW government's Public Health Order was amended on 28 September 2020 to allow persons from Victoria to enter the Murray River without a permit, subject to the conditions that the person:

  • has not been in a restricted area or area of concern in the last 14 days and
  • does not enter an embankment, dock, port or wharf on the Murray River that is on the northern side of the River.

In addition, the Amending Order places an obligation on the operator of a vessel (which will include the master of the vessel and the business operator) to take reasonable steps to ensure that a person who has been in a restricted area or area of concern in the last 14 days does not enter the vessel on the Murray nor disembark at an embankment, dock, port of wharf on the norther side of the Murray River. This obligation does not apply in an emergency.

Face masks

Unless a lawful exemption applies, you must wear a fitted face mask when you leave your home in Victoria. https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/face-coverings-covid-19