Reciprocal licences for Lake Hume

Victoria is taking the first steps toward reciprocal licences along the border with New South Wales, with the successful completion of a 12-month trial at Lake Hume that concluded in late 2021.

Following the completion of the trial, it is hoped that in return, NSW will accept a Victorian fishing licence for Lake Mulwala and eventually the entire Murray River. Whilst the VFA are continuing discussions with NSW Fisheries, NSW recreational fishers who hold a NSW fishing licence will not require a Victorian fishing licence to wet a line at Lake Hume, which is managed as a solely Victorian fishery.

People fishing in Lake Hume need a Victorian fishing licence, while people fishing Lake Mulwala, further downstream, require a NSW fishing licence.

The year long trial reduced red tape on border communities by reducing the need for some border community residents to have two separate licences to fish at Lake Hume.

Licence reciprocation with NSW is supported by VRFish, which represents recreational fishers in Victoria, and the Futurefish Foundation. It is also supported by the Cross-Border Commissioner, the Victorian recreational fishing grants working group which advises on how to spend licence fees, and Victorian Fisheries Officers that look after the Lake Hume fishery.

Victorian Fisheries have stocked more than 2.6 million trout, golden perch, silver perch and Murray cod into Lake Hume over the last 10 years to create a wonderful mixed fishery that provides great freshwater opportunities year-round.