About the Guide

This fishing guide is produced by the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA). Please contact the VFA If you wish to make comments about the guide or to obtain further copies.

For more information about the VFA, visit the website at www.vfa.vic.gov.au or call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

ISSN 1442-7494

Copyright © Victorian Fisheries Authority, 2022 This publication is copyright. No part may be reproduced by any process except in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968.

All requests and enquiries should be directed to the Victorian Fisheries Authority Customer Service Centre (call 136 186) or email customer.service@vfa.vic.gov.au.

Authorised by Melissa Horne, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne

Design, production, print management: Celsius Design

Project Manager: Joel Peterson

Photographs: Michelle Couling, Dave Anderson, David Hannah, Brendan McCarthy, Capture Point Media, Peter Rose, John Hotchin, Hindmarsh Shire Council, Michael Broughton, Anthony Forster, Corey Green, John Cahill, Marc Ainsworth, Joel Peterson.

Illustrations: Alexis Beckett, Krystii Melaine, Paul Lennon, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Illustration © R.Swainston/anima.net.au, AFN/Trevor Hawkins.

Front cover: (Left to Right) Morris Wates, Steven Wates, Sebastian Wates and Lily McGrath fishing on the banks of the Campaspe River. Photo: Brendan McCarthy

This publication may be of assistance to you, but the State of Victoria and its employees do not guarantee that the publication is without flaw of any kind or is wholly appropriate for your particular purposes and therefore disclaims all liability for any error, loss or other consequences which may arise from you relying on any information in this publication.

The 2022 Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide includes changes to regulations. These are:

  • Removal of the Murray cod closed season in the Wimmera and Millicent basins, excluding the Wimmera River.
  • The addition of specific fishing regulations for eastern sea spider and cockles.

This publication is a guide only. Fishing rules can sometimes change between editions. It is the responsibility of fishers to be aware of any changes that are made to fishing rules and regulations. You can do this by:

This publication is a guide only, it does not replace the Fisheries Act 1995, the Fisheries Regulations 2008 or other Acts and subordinate legislation applying to, or affecting recreational fishing. This guide summarises the law at the time of publication and cannot be used as a defence in court.

Copies of the Act and Regulations are available from Information Victoria located at 356 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000 (telephone 1300 366 356 or at www.information.vic.gov.au). This guide summarises the law at the time of publication and cannot be used as a defence in court. Fishing laws change from time to time. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are acting within the law.