Ballarat Fishing Festival 2023

The Ballarat Fishing Festival is back and better than ever in 2023! Come join us at Lake Wendouree on Saturday 2 September. It’s a great day out for the whole family and best of all, it’s FREE.

Important information

When: Saturday 2 September 2023

Where: Windmill Drive, Lake Wendouree

Time: 9 am - 3 pm


  • Help our Fisheries team stock the lake
  • Kids fishing classes with bait and tackle provided - BOOKED OUT
  • Become a fly casting master at the all ages clinic with fly fishing experts - BOOKED OUT
  • Straight into the fry pan, watch the cooking demonstrations
  • Check out the display of fishing boats
  • Try your hand at the Knox Boat Fishing Club Fishing Simulator
  • Get some tips in the art of fly tying
  • Visit the Ballarat Trout Hatchery
  • Chat to our Fisheries Officers and leaders from the Women in Recreational Fishing & Boating network (WIRFAB)
  • Prize draws and raffles
  • BBQ provided by the local angling club and coffee available

The 2023 trout and salmonid season in rivers and streams opens Saturday 2 September. Lake Wendouree is open to trout fishing year-round.