Grab rod and sink line this Gone Fishing Day

Jo Palmer, Minister for Primary Industries and Water

No licence? No worries!

All Tasmanians are being encouraged to get out on the water with family and friends to celebrate this year’s National Gone Fishing Day on October 9.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is encouraging people of all ages to take up fishing so no angling licence will be required on Gone Fishing Day for anyone wanting to fish inland waters.

Tasmania is home to some of the best fishing destinations in the world and this fantastic initiative will give people the opportunity to grab a rod and head out with family and friends.

Events focusing on junior angling are being held at Ulverstone, Latrobe, Longford and Bushy Park, and are expected to attract about 500 junior anglers from across the state.

This a great opportunity for participants to enjoy themselves and spend time outdoors, which we know has huge benefits for both physical and mental health.

I was so excited to throw out a line with my family and I hope many Tasmanians were able to grab a rod and head out to one of our wonderful fishing destinations.

Getting out on the water with your kids is a wonderful experience and I’m proud that this Government has made junior angling licences free until the end of the 2024-25 season.

Junior anglers from 14, up to and including, 17 years of age can fish in Tasmania’s inland lakes and waterways by registering for a free angling licence. While junior anglers under 14 years of age do not require an angling licence.

Hopefully there’s plenty of action on the water throughout the day, however, there is no such thing as a bad day’s fishing when you’re surrounded by family and friends at Tasmania’s great fishing spots.

Gone Fishing Day is organised by Anglers Alliance Tasmania and the Inland Fisheries Service, with the cooperation of local angling clubs.

National Gone Fishing Day is an initiative of the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation, the peak national body and key voice for Australia’s recreational fishing community.

More details about Gone Fishing day, including the venues for the junior angling events, can be found on the Tasmanian Inland Fisheries Service (IFS) website.

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