Golden tag program

Golden Tag fishing program suspended

From midnight 8 July the Golden Tag program has been suspended until further notice.

The Golden Tag program was established to support bushfire affected communities and business by encouraging visitors and recreational fishing tourism back into bushfire affected areas to reinvigorate local economies.

The Golden Tag program commenced on 1 March 2020 and was suspended during the previous stay at home orders. The program resumed on 1 June when regional visitation and overnight stays were again permitted.

With the current reinstatement of COVID-19 stay at home orders for Melbourne’s metropolitan area, the Mitchell Shire and with state border closures, the Golden tag promotion has been suspended until further notice.

Those living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire have only four reasons to be leave home: (1) shopping for food or other essential items; (2) provide care giving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment; (3) for exercise (outdoor only, with only one other person or members of your household - fishing and boating are permitted outdoor activities) and (4) work or study, if you cannot do it at home. Click here to read more about the latest advice.

Claims of tagged fish caught during the closure will not be considered valid and fishers will not receive the $2,000 prize.

The VFA will keep fishers up to date as to when the Golden Tag program resumes.

While you are still able to go fishing, it’s important that we all do the right thing and protect our communities.

We’re confident that there’ll be plenty of tagged fish still out there when we can all travel freely in Victoria again.

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.