Central Victorian Gone Fishing Day events

CATCH: Among the events on Sunday is the Campaspe Carp Catch organised by the North Central Catchment Management Authority. Picture: SUPPLIED
CATCH: Among the events on Sunday is the Campaspe Carp Catch organised by the North Central Catchment Management Authority. Picture: SUPPLIED

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Victorians are being encouraged to take to the water on Sunday and cast a line to celebrate fishing.

October 15 marks the national Gone Fishing Day when across Victoria, a recreational fishing licence is not needed to wet a line.

The event was created by the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation and encourages newcomers to fishing to have a try.

Victorian Fisheries Authority chief executive Travis Dowling said the event was a chance to escape day-to-day tasks, get in touch with nature and spend time with the people that matter.

Angling clubs, community groups, Landcare groups and schools have been encouraged to host their own events on the day and a list of event can be found at vfa.vic.gov.au/recreational-fishing/featured/gone-fishing-day

Among the events is the Campaspe Carp Catch, organised by the North Central Catchment Management Authority, to be held at Kyneton, Rochester, Burnewang, Axedale, Strathallan and Echuca.

North Central CMA project manager Angela Gladman said the event was a fun way to highlight the scourge of the introduced species.

“Carp are the rabbits of our rivers,” she said. “They are a major component of the Murray-Darling Basin’s fish population and they cause significant damage to rivers, wetlands and the natural environment.”

CENTRAL VICTORIAN EVENTS

Are you hosting an event on Gone Fishing Day? Let us know and we’ll add it to our list – email ashley.fritsch@fairfaxmedia.com.au or call 5434 4432.

Kyneton: Fishing for carp in the Campaspe River, barbecue provided and prizes to be won. Kyneton Botanical Gardens, 12pm to 4pm, hosted by the Kyneton Angling Club.

Rochester: Fishing for carp in the Campaspe River, barbecue provided and prizes to be won. Campaspe River Reserve, next to water tower, 12pm to 4pm, hosted by the Rochester Angling Club.

Burnewang: Fishing for carp in the Campaspe River, barbecue provided and prizes to be won. Aysons Reserve, 799 Burnewang Road, 12pm to 4pm, hosted by the North Central CMA.

Axedale: Fishing for carp in the Campaspe River, barbecue provided and prizes to be won. Axedale River Reserve, access via William Street, 12pm to 3pm, hosted by the Longlea & District Landcare Group.

Echuca: Fishing for carp in the Campaspe River, barbecue provided and prizes to be won. Echuca Lions Park, Ogilvie Avenue, 12pm to 4pm, hosted by the Echuca Moama Landcare Group.

Strathallan: Fishing for carp in the Campaspe River, barbecue provided and prizes to be won. Strathallan Community Hall, Strathallan Road, 12pm to 3pm, hosted by the Strathallan Family Landcare Group.

Donald: Family fun day, Folletti Caravan Park Lake, 10am to 1pm, hosted by the Donald Angling Club.