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Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide 2006-2007

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Welcome to the Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide 2006-2007

Each year hundreds of thousands of Victorians enjoy dropping a line. Whether you’re spending some time on your own or out with friends and family, fishing remains a popular pastime. That’s why the Victorian Government continues to strongly support recreational fishing in Victoria.

The coming year will see some exciting new recreational fishing projects come online. We will invest $3.2 million to provide more opportunities for existing anglers, and to introduce people to fishing for the first time. This is the biggest single injection of funding to support recreational fishing in Victoria’s history.

As the Minister responsible for fisheries, I recognise how important recreational fishing is. Not only as a pastime, but also as an economic contributor to local economies – through either direct fishing or associated tourism activity, especially in regional Victoria.

To support this, a record 1.3 million fish were released through our stocking program last year – 30 per cent more than the average released under the previous Government. The stocking of trout, salmon and native fish ensures recreational anglers have access to good fishing opportunities throughout the state.

Importantly, this year’s Fishing Guide also lists the dozens of projects funded by the Recreational Fishing Grants Program. These worthwhile projects are your fishing licence fees at work, supporting the future of recreational fishing.
Bob Cameron fishing with his son
Bob Cameron and son Reuben

In response to requests from fishing groups, this year saw the introduction of a three-year fishing licence. The three-year licence provides anglers with a saving on the purchase of one-year licences for the same period and will also include a renewal reminder notice.

I’d also like to remind people to continue using our fisheries offence reporting line 13 FISH (13 3474). In the past year, reports of illegal activity or suspicious behaviour have resulted in enforcement activity by fisheries officers to protect the resource for legitimate users.

Finally, I would again like to thank the many volunteers and organisations for their contributions to recreational fishing, whether supporting ongoing activity or introducing new people to fishing. I trust the Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide 2006-2007 will be a valuable addition to the tackle box as you pursue fishing opportunities throughout the year.

Minister Bob Cameron Signature
Bob Cameron MP
Minister for Agriculture
Minister Responsible for Fisheries

Want to Get a Hard Copy?

The Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide is available in hard copy, free of charge, so that you can take it fishing with you or leave it in your tackle box or boat. Hard copies can be obtained from most fishing tackle shops that sell recreational fishing licences, Department of Primary Industry offices or by ringing the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

To view the attached PDF documents you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. A free copy can be downloaded from Adobe Acrobat (external link).
Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide Front Cover
Front Cover of the Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide 2006 - 2007

Recreational Fishing Guide 2006-2007 (in three parts):

Part One:

(PDF 1374kb)
Part Two:

(PDF 1.5M)
Part Three:

(PDF 637kb)

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Recreational Fishing Guide 2006-2007 (by chapter):

Message from the Minister
About the Guide
Changes to Regulations
Related Information
  • Wind Warnings and Forecasts
  • Safe Boating
  • Rock Fishing

(PDF 758kb)
Family Fishing (page 12)

(PDF 78kb)

Recreational Fishing Licence (pages 14-16)
  • Licence Information
  • Your Fishing Licence Fees at Work
(PDF 113kb)
Regulation Enforcement (page 19)
  • Fisheries Officers
  • Fines and Penalties
  • Reporting Offences
  • Offence Reporting Service
(PDF 26kb)
Restricted Areas or Closed Waters (pages 20-26)
  • Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries
  • Boundary Markers
  • Aquaculture Fisheries Reserves
  • Intertidal Restrictions
  • Scallops – Port Phillip Restrictions
  • Freshwater Restrictions
(PDF 602kb)
General Fishing – Rules and Tips (pages 28-30)
  • Bait and Berley
  • Measuring Your Catch
  • Cleaning/Filleting Your Fish
  • Definitions
  • Responsible Fishing Behaviours
(PDF 104kb)
Protected Fish (page 32)
Limits and Closed Seasons (pages 32-59)
  • Total Scale Fish Bag/Possession Limit
  • Marine and Estuarine Scale Fish
  • Sharks, Skates and Rays
  • Freshwater Scale Fish (native)
  • Freshwater Scale Fish (introduced)
  • Trout and Salmon Regulations
  • Family Fishing Lakes
  • Crustaceans
  • Molluscs
  • Other Invertebrates
In Two Parts:

Part One:
(PDF 821kb)

Part Two:
(PDF 1177kb)
Equipment (pages 61-63)
  • Permitted Use of Recreational Equipment
  • Recreational Equipment Not Permitted
  • Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries
  • Equipment Marine Waters
  • Equipment Inland Waters
(PDF 114kb)
Spearfishing (page 64)
Aquatic Pests (page 66)
Fish Habitat (page 67)
(PDF 181kb)

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