Golden Tag competition

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

The competition has hit several key milestones, with over $444,000 awarded to 172 winners since the competition kicked off.

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. It was later expanded state-wide to support regional businesses following Victoria's lockdown restrictions.

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.

Check out the full list of tagged waters and species below.

Golden Tag regionWatersSpecies
East GippslandSnowy River (Marlo), Mallacoota, Bemm River, Gippsland Lakes, Tamboon Inlet, Lake Tyers,Flathead, bream, estuary perch, luderick, King George whiting, silver trevally, tailor
Northeast Victoria

Ovens River, Kiewa River, Eildon Pondage, Running Creek, Mount Beauty Pondage, Rocky Valley Dam, Dartmouth Dam and Pondage, Lake Catani, Lake Buffalo

Brown and rainbow trout, Murray cod* (Lake Buffalo, Kiewa River, Lake Hume)

The Burnanga trail - Central Victoria to the Murray

Ovens River, Goulburn River, Lake Nagambie

Murray cod*, golden perch (golden perch only in Nagambie)

Lake Eildon

Lake Eildon

Murray cod, golden perch

Australian bass trail

Lake Glenmaggie, Blue Rock Dam, Snowy River

Australian bass

Sunset country - Mildura & Mallee

Lindsay River, Kings Billabong, Mullaroo River, Gunbower Creek

Murray cod*, golden perch

Southwest 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, Cairn Curran Reservoir, Lake Eppalock

Murray cod*, golden perch


Rocklands Reservoir

Murray cod, golden perch

WimmeraWimmera River, Lake FyansGolden perch, redfin, brown trout (brown trout and redfin in Lake Fyans only)

Southwest Coast

Offshore near Portland

Southern bluefin tuna, yellowtail kingfish

* - Murray cod are subject to a closed season. The closed season runs from 1 September to 30 November inclusive. The closed season does not apply to Lake Eildon, waters south of the Great Diving Range except the Yarra River and waters in the Wimmera and Millicent basin except the Wimmera River