Recreational Fishing to be showcased in Ballarat 

Recreational Fishers from Ballarat and surrounds will be able to learn new tricks and tips from fishing experts next month at the Ballarat Fishing Festival on Saturday 2 September.

The free festival which will be held at Lake Wendouree will mark the opening of the trout fishing season and celebrate all that fishing in the Central Highlands has to offer.

The festival’s activities offer something for every angler, no-matter their experience level. A free fishing clinic will teach the next generation of anglers how to cast, bait up and net a fish, with free bait and tackle provided and experienced instructors will be on hand from the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) and Fishcare.

Fly casting lessons will also be on offer from the Ballarat Fly Fishers, giving more experienced fishers the opportunity to take their skills to the next level. They will also be teaching how to tie fur and feather to imitate local insects and tempt trout.

It will be an action-packed day for junior anglers, with face painting, games and a fishing simulator for kids to practise their newly found fishing skills. Fishers of all ages will be able to tour the Ballarat Trout Hatchery, with hundreds being stocked into Lake Wendouree throughout the fishing festival. 

Victorian rivers and streams will officially open to trout fishing on Saturday 2 September 2023. All lakes, including Wendouree, are open to trout fishing year-round.

Further information can be found here.

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