Whether you fish every weekend or you have never cast a rod, this Sunday should be a date of note.
That is because it is National Gone Fishing Day.
And to celebrate, recreational fishing events will be held all over Victoria and the best part is no licences are required.
One of these events, run by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, will be held at Shepparton’s Victoria Park Lake.
Goulburn Broken CMA’s Jo Wood said the event would run from 11am to 3pm, with registrations from 10.30am.
‘‘One of the great things about the Gone Fishing event is that no fishing licence is required, so it’s the perfect opportunity for anyone who has ever wanted to try their hand at fishing to have a go,’’ Ms Wood said.
‘‘There will also be fishing demonstrations, kids activities and plenty of information about native fish and the importance of looking after rivers, creeks and wetlands.’’
Mystery prizes will be given out throughout the day and there will be a free sausage sizzle run by the Shepparton Lions Club.
Ms Wood, who has been fishing since she was three, said she had a preferred method of fishing and fish she wanted to catch.
‘‘I do freshwater fishing for yellowbelly,’’ she said.
Ms Wood said she enjoyed fishing because it got her out in nature.
‘‘It makes you forget everything else,’’ she said.
Ross Threlfall, of Trelly’s Shepparton, said the Broken River was his favourite spot.
‘‘I fish there for Murray cod during the cod season,’’ he said.
‘‘I also fish for trout. There is lots of trout in this lake (Victoria Park Lake), which is also a good spot.’’
Victorian Fisheries Authority chief executive officer Travis Dowling said the events across the state helped the government reach its target of more people fishing, more often.
‘‘Gone Fishing Day complements the state government’s Target One Million plan for recreational fishing, which aims to get more people fishing more often and increase participation to one million anglers by 2020,’’ Mr Dowling said.
What's on in Northern Victoria:
- Victoria Park Lake, Shepparton, 11am to 3pm, Goulburn Broken CMA and partners.
- Campaspe River Reserve, near the Rochester water tower, noon to 4pm, Rochester Angling Club.
- Campapse River, Burnewang, noon to 4pm, North Central CMA.
- Campaspe River, Axedale, noon to 3pm, Longlea and District Landcare Group.
- Campaspe River, Echuca, noon to 4pm, Echuca Moama Landcare Group.
- Campaspe River, Strathallan, noon to 3pm, Stathallan Family Landcare Group.
- Goulburn-Murray Water channel, McEwen, between Everard and Brose roads, 9am to 1pm, Kyabram Anglers Club.