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Spring into free kids fishing events in Victoria, Australia

by Jordan Crugnale 23 Aug 19:51 UTC
Jordan Crugnale Bass MP Showing Pakenham kids how to cast © Jordan Crugnale

Families keen to learn more about fishing with the kids this spring can cast their eyes towards four free fishing events that will run from September to December.

VicFishKids ambassadors and fishing TV personalities Rex Hunt and Lee Rayner will be there to inspire young and old with expert tips and entertaining tales.

All four events run from 10am until 4pm;

  • Sunday 15 September at Pakenham Lake, Pakenham
  • Sunday 6 October at Goulburn Park, Seymour
  • Saturday 2 November at Lake Fyans, near Halls Gap
  • Saturday 7 December at Victoria Lake, Shepparton

The events are an opportunity for kids who are curious about fishing to give it a go in a safe and supportive environment.

Local angling club and Fishcare volunteers, along with Fisheries staff will lead the free fishing clinics where youngsters can learn how to cast, tie knots and what to do with a fish when they catch one.

Everything will be supplied for the fishing clinics, so all families need to do is turn up. Each event will also have 200 rod and reel outfits giveaways to encourage kids to keep practicing at home with family and friends.

Catchable size trout will be released prior to the clinics and everyone can help stock a few more on the event day too.

The Andrews Labor Government's $35 million Target One Million plan is funding the VicFishKids series of events, which kicked off in Horsham and Williamstown earlier this year.

For more information visit

Quote attributable to Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale

"Our VicFishKids events have something for everyone including a kids' activities area and a photo booth to immortalise that fish of a lifetime."

"Target One Million is encouraging our next generation of recreational fishers with free events where kids can come and wet a line with help from fishing experts."

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