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Go Fishing in Victoria

Bendigo Scope clients enjoying fishing at Kennington Reservoir
Bendigo Scope clients enjoying fishing at Kennington Reservoir

As part of the $3.2 million Go Fishing in Victoria (GFIV) initiative, fishing facilities and infrastructure at selected sites have been improved and family fishing has been strongly promoted; leading to an increase in the use of Victoria’s fisheries by local and visiting anglers.

Anglers ranging from newcomers to seasoned fishers are reaping the benefits of this initiative.




Premier Lakes

Family Fishing Festival at Lillydale Lake

Victoria now boasts five Premier Lakes which have been developed to encourage families and new anglers to go fishing. These lakes offer access for anglers of all ages and abilities, and feature facilities such as toilets, barbecues, picnic tables and playground equipment.

The five Premier Lakes are:

  • Lillydale Lake
  • Eildon Pondage
  • Kennington Reservoir (Bendigo)
  • Jubilee Lake (Daylesford)
  • Hyland Lake (Churchill)

Premier Lakes are stocked at least four times per year (subject to suitable water conditions) with rainbow trout of varying sizes.

An annual Family Fishing Festival has been held at each Premier Lake over the last three years. A typical festival includes informative workshops by Fisheries Officers, casting and knot tying clinics, fishing guided by local angling clubs, cooking demonstrations, entertainment and displays.

Nearly 6,000 children have participated in these festivals and many children have caught their first ever fish as a result. Feedback indicates these events have been very successful in providing participants with an increased interest in fishing.


Go Fishing brochures
Products are available by emailing

A wide range of informative products have been designed to assist budding fishers and experienced anglers to make the most of Victoria’s wide range of fisheries.

These include:

  • Go Fishing in Victoria Calendars.
  • Family Fishing Guide – everything you need to know to fish for rainbow trout in Family Fishing Lakes (including Premier Lakes).
  • Let’s Go Fishing Cards – A series of eight illustrated cards designed for kids and less experienced anglers with information on popular freshwater, marine and estuarine species.
  • Let’s Go Fishing in Port Phillip Bay – a guide to popular family orientated fishing locations.
  • Let’s Go Fishing in Western Port – a guide to popular family orientated fishing locations.

Premier Rivers

Premier River, Lower Goulburn River

To cater for more experienced anglers, sections of three Victorian rivers are being developed in partnership with local stakeholders and are being promoted as Premier Rivers.

Funds are being invested into on-ground works along the three nominated rivers to improve access for anglers and improve facilities.

Once completed, an informative guide will be developed for each of the river stretches identifying key access points and the type of fishing experience and facilities they provide.

Free guides for the Hopkins River and the Upper Goulburn River (Eildon to Alexandra) are now available. Guides for the Lower Goulburn River (Murchison to above Shepparton) and the Kiewa River are expected to be produced in 2011.

The three Premier Rivers are:

Hopkins River

Located between Warrnambool and Allansford in south-western Victoria, the estuarine section is known for black bream, estuary perch and mulloway.

Goulburn River

The Goulburn River offers a wide range of fishing opportunities and challenges including a productive trout fishery between Eildon and Alexandra and exciting fishing for Murray cod and golden perch around Shepparton.

Kiewa River

The Kiewa River flows through the picturesque Kiewa Valley in north-eastern Victoria. The cooler sections below Mount Beauty provide quality trout fishing and Murray cod can be targeted in the lower section around Wodonga.

Want to know more?

Call the DPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or visit Go Fishing in Victoria.