Get hooked on fishing over the school holidays

With school holidays upon us, it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air while the kids try their luck at reeling in a fish!

Fishing is a great activity to participate in with your family as it can be enjoyed by all ages, allows you to connect with nature, and it’s a great form of exercise. As an added bonus, if you do catch a feed, you will have a delicious and nutritious protein-rich meal.

There are ample opportunities to wet a line across the state and during the holidays, a range of free fishing clinics that your kids can get involved in.


Below we’ve compiled events that will be held during the April school holidays.


Preston Northcote Angling Club are hosting a free fishing clinic on the Maribyrnong on April 13 for anyone who is interested in learning how to fish and for experienced anglers to share tips and experience.

With more than 100 years of club history, Preston Northcote Angling Club is an active, family friendly club. The club welcome visitors and invite you to join them for a great day of fishing!

Learn more and book your spot here.

VRFish Affiliated Organisations, Fishcare and That’s The Thing About Fishing, are hosting a range of kids fishing clinics through the school holidays for families.


Fishcare Victoria is a community based not-for-profit organisation promoting responsible and sustainable fishing practices. Fishcare typically run kids fishing clinics across the state throughout the school holidays. 

Over the Easter school holidays, Fishcare will be hosting fishing clinics at Mornington, Albert Park, and Geelong (Barwon River, Belmont).

Visit their website for more information and to book your spot.


That’s The Thing About Fishing is a not for profit organisation focused on helping to support people with disabilities, mental health issues, youth at risk, indigenous peoples, kids and families by using fishing as a therapeutic way to help people deal with day to day issues.

Over the Easter school holidays, That’s The Thing About Fishing will be hosting fishing clinics at Frankston Pier and Patterson Lakes.

Find out more on the That’s The Thing About Fishing Facebook Page.


For a family-friendly day out, you cannot go wrong with taking your family to a family fishing lake. These lakes are located throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria. When stocking the lakes prior to the school holidays, the Victorian Fisheries Authority stock ready-to-catch rainbow trout as they typically respond to a variety of baits and lures making it easy to reel in a fish. The lakes bode good access making them a great option for families looking to wet a line.

For more information on family fishing lakes, including where they are and what’s been stocked, visit school holiday trout stocking. The Victorian Fisheries Authority have also developed a handy Family Fishing Guide with further tips and tricks for fishing in Family Fishing Lakes.


VRFish have also developed a Code of Conduct for recreational boat, shore, river, stream and jetty fishers in Victoria.

We have a responsibility to look after our fisheries resources for the benefit of the environment and future generations of fishers and show respect for other users of the aquatic environment. We love fishing and encourage all fishers to adopt the below guidelines.


As the peak body for recreational fishing, we’re here to represent the interests of Victorian recfishers. Whether it’s fish habitat, water security and quality, fishing access and infrastructure or best practice, we aim to work in partnership to make sure Victoria’s fishing experiences continue to improve, be sustainable and more enjoyable for all generations of Victorians.

If you have any ideas on how we can make your fishing even better, get in contact with us! Let us know how your fishing is going, what the fishing is like at your favourite waterway, any stocking you’d like to see, and any other suggestions that can make your fishing better. You can send us an email via [email protected] 

When you are sharing your photos online, don’t forget to tag us in your photos on Instagram! Use #VRFish so we can see your photos – we just love to see where the fish are biting.

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