Gone Fishing Day 2018

Sunday 14 October is Gone Fishing Day when all Australians are encouraged to get out on the water with family and friends to celebrate our love of fishing.

It doesn't matter if you haven't fished before. Gone Fishing Day is for everyone!

You can join a free fishing event or simply take the family, grab a mate or enjoy some time out for yourself wetting a line.

Getting more people fishing, more often, is at the heart of the State Government's Target One Million Plan, which aims to increase participation to one million anglers by 2020.

Licence free day

A recreational fishing licence will not be required in Victoria on Gone Fishing Day on Sunday 14 October, 2018.

Our events


Event details



14 October

Vic Fish Kids

10am – 2pm

Free. No booking required.

Karkarook Lake

14 October

Hooked on Bellarine

10am – 4pm

Free. No booking required.

Portarlington Safe Harbour Foreshore.

Community led events


Host and event details


Important information

14 October 2018

Warrnambool and District Fishcare – ‘Come and Try Fishing on Gone Fishing Day’


Location: Hopkins River along Jubilee Park Rd, Allansford VIC 3277 Australia

14 October 2018

Colac Anglers Club – ‘Gone Fishing Day Colac’ [PDF File - 894.1 KB]

9am – 1pm

Location: Colac Anglers Clubrooms, Lake Colac, VIC 3250 Australia

14 October 2018

Gippsland Lakes Fishing Club – ‘Gone Fishing Day (Family Fishing Fun Day)’

10am – 3pm

Location: Gippsland Lakes Fishing Club Clubrooms, Bullock Island, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909 Australia

14 October 2018

That's The Thing About Fishing – ‘Family/Kids' Fishing Day’ [Image - 352.1 KB]

9:30am – 2:30pm

Location: Mordialloc Creek, 1A Nepean Hwy, Aspendale VIC 3195 Australia

14 October 2018Bellarine Pirates Angling Club - 'Come & Try Fishing' at Hooked On Bellarine10am - 4pmLocation: Portarlington Pier, Harding Street, Portarlington VIC 3223
14 October 2018Lake Purrumbete Angling Club's Gone Fishing Day [PDF File - 765.4 KB]8am - 12pmLocation: Lake Purrumbete Angling Club, 540 Purrumbete Estate Road,
Camperdown VIC 3260

Where else can I fish?

If events aren't your thing and you're just keen to wet a line quietly, here's some information on fishing locations.

Want to host an event and get funding support?

We're encouraging the angling clubs, community groups, Landcare groups and schools to run their own Gone Fishing Day community fishing events locally on Sunday 14 October, 2018.

To advertise your event, please use our Gone Fishing Day Flyer template [MS Word Document - 7.7 MB].

Funding is available through the Gone Fishing Day grants program.

Steps to apply for a Gone Fishing Day grant

Step 1: Read the information on the Gone Fishing Day grants program web page.

Step 2: Make yourself familiar with the Gone Fishing Day Grants Program Guidelines and Conditions [PDF File - 488.9 KB].

Step 3: Complete the Gone Fishing Day Grant Program online application form.

For further information, to discuss a potential project or for assistance with an application please email improving.fishing@vfa.vic.gov.au or call Lachlan Jones on 03 8392 7537.