Gone Fishing Day 2017

Sunday 15 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.Gone Fishing Day 

Pier 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 15 October, 2017.

Our events


Event details



15 OctoberMordialloc Pier, Port Phillip Bay Click here [PDF File - 782.0 KB] for more details.10am – 2pmFree. No booking required.

15 October

Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre
Join us on a boat on the bay and learn about fishing practices that are fun and responsible.

12.30pm & 2.30pm

Victorian Fisheries Authority
$10 per person. Limited places. Bookings essential. 03 5258 3344 or email marine.discovery@vfa.vic.gov.au. Suitable for 8 years & over.

15 OctoberCome and visit the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre to celebrate Gone Fishing Day! Victorian Fisheries Authority
Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre
2A Bellarine Hwy, Queenscliff.

Other events

Event Name





Campaspe Carp CatchFishing for Carp in the Campaspe River, BBQ provided and prizes to be won.Kyneton Botanical Gardens15/10/2017 12:00-4:00pmKyneton Angling Club
Campaspe Carp CatchFishing for Carp in the Campaspe River, BBQ provided and prizes to be won.Campaspe River Reserve, next to water tower.15/10/2017 12:00-4:00pmRochester Angling Club
Campaspe Carp CatchFishing for Carp in the Campaspe River, BBQ provided and prizes to be won.Aysons Reserve, 799 Burnewang Road
Burnewang VIC 3558
15/10/2017 12:00-4:00pmNorth Central CMA
Campaspe Carp CatchFishing for Carp in the Campaspe River, BBQ provided and prizes to be won.Axedale River Reserve, access via William Street, Axedale VIC 355115/10/2017 12:00-3:00pmLonglea & District Landcare Group
Campaspe Carp CatchFishing for Carp in the Campaspe River, BBQ provided and prizes to be won.Echuca Lions Park, Ogilvie Ave
Echuca VIC 3564
15/10/2017 12:00-4:00pmEchuca Moama Landcare Group
Campaspe Carp CatchFishing for Carp in the Campaspe River, BBQ provided and prizes to be won.Strathallan Community Hall
Strathallan Road, Strathallan VIC 3622
15/10/2017 12:00-3:00pmStrathallan Family Landcare Group
National Gone Fishing DayFree fishing event in the Ess Lagoon with food and prizes to be won.Ess Lagoon, Casterton VIC 331115/10/2017 8:00am-3:00pmCasterton Angling Society
Gone Fishing Day 2017, Teach Kids to Fish DayFamily fishing day, with instruction from experienced fishers and BBQ provided.Karkarook Park, Moorabbin15/10/2017 10:00am-2:00pmOakdale Angling Club and Fish Protection Society
Carp a Thon Family DayFamily Day fishing for Carp, BBQ provided.Land owned by school15/10/2017St Paul's Anglican Grammar School Ltd
Mates Day on the Bay 2017Fishing day for people with disabilities and their carers on Port Phillip Bay, BBQ lunch provided.Port Phillip Bay, from Patterson River boat ramp15/10/17 10am-2pmFuturefish Foundation
Kids Come Try Fishing DayFree fishing event for kids to come try fishing, BBQ provided.Goulburn Murray Water channel15/10/17 9am-1pmKyabram Anglers Club
Gone Fishing Day - 2017Family Fun dayPortarlington Pier15/10/17
Drysdale Sportsfishing Club
Gone Fishing Day – 2017Family Fun dayMornington Pier15/10/17
Victorian Women's Recreational Anglers Association
Jessica Dell
0403472864 Yesidofishlikeagirl@gmail.com
Gone Fishing Day – 2017Family Fun dayMoyne River, Port Fairy15/10/17
Port Fairy Angling Club
5 Gipps St, Port Fairy.
Gone Fishing Day – 2017Family Fun dayFolletti Caravan Park Lake15/10/17
Donald Angling Club
Rob Loats
0354986231 gungurru@activ8.net.au
Gone Fishing Day – 2017Family Fun daySt. Helen's Boat Ramp Foreshore15/10/17
Fishcare Geelong and Bellarine.
Phil Belfrage 0417327652

Gone Fishing Day – 2017 

Family fishing day, BBQ food provided, prizes to be won.Horsham Angling Club rooms, Firebrace Street, Horsham, overlooking Wimmera River15/10/17
Horsham Angling Club
Gone Fishing Day – 2017Family fun day with a BBQ. All members and local anglersNorth Shore Jetty, North Shore 321415/10/17
North Shore Anglers Club
Gone Fishing Day – 2017 All equipment, tackle, bait and instruction is provided for FREE A BBQ lunch and soft drinks will be available at a small cost It's a catch-and-release only event. Kids under 15 must be accompanied by an adultYarrambat Park Lake Yan Yean Rd Yarrambat15/10/17
Northern Suburbs Fly Fishing Club
Contact: Dom 0438 110 862 /Anne 0418 865 419
Junior Fishing Day Family Fun dayBarwon River, Geelong15/10/17
ARP Inc Geelong

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 15 October, 2017.Father and Son

Funding is available through the Recreational Fishing Small Grants Program.
Conditions and guidelines, and a link to the online application form, are available at: https://vfa.vic.gov.au/recreational-fishing/recreational-fishing-grants-program/small-grants-program

Note that prizes and giveaways cannot be funded, however funds to cover things like event advertising, catering and equipment hire can be sought. 

Mother and sonThe first 50 groups to register will receive a free Gone Fishing Day merchandise pack, consisting of promotional items you can give out on the day. Click here to register for the merchandise pack. Registrations close October 6.

Feel free to use our event flyer template with your event details. Click here to download. [MS Word Document - 7.1 MB]

We're here to help, any questions, please contact Belinda Lorensini.