Reciprocal licences for Lake Hume
Victoria has taken the first steps toward reciprocal licences along the border with New South Wales. A successful 12-month trial at Lake Hume concluded in late 2021 where NSW fishers were exempt from needing a Victorian recreational fishing licence. After the trial concluded, it was agreed this would be an ongoing arrangement. This means NSW fishers keen to enjoy the fantastic fishing opportunities offered at Lake Hume can do so using their NSW recreational fishing licence.
The year-long trial carried out over 2021 supported NSW licensed anglers to fish at Lake Hume without the need to purchase a Victorian recreational fishing licence and therefore hold multiple licences. The trial was a great success in facilitating improved access, reducing red tape and regulatory burden for border communities. The VFA has formalised these arrangements through a regulatory exemption for NSW fishers.
With the implementation of these long-term arrangements and exemptions for NSW fishers, 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 and undertaking consultation on longer-term arrangements, 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.
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 Licence Trust Advisory Committee which advises on how to spend licence fees, and Victorian Fisheries Officers that look after the Lake Hume fishery.
The Victorian Fisheries Authority has 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.