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01 July 2024

For the fourth consecutive year the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) will host 12 informative fishing forums at angling clubs across the state, beginning at Boort on 9 July.

The forums are an ideal opportunity for passionate anglers to hear from experts, discuss their much-loved pastime, and share ideas to make fishing even better.

Each forum will feature presentations from VFA staff on the latest in fishing, including updates on projects being delivered through the Victorian Government’s $96 million Fishing and Boating Plan.

The first of the 12 forums will be held at the Boort Angling Club on Tuesday 9 July with a further 11 evenings planned in July and August at Maryborough, Melton, Glen Waverley, Dartmouth, Seaholme, Geelong West, Horsham, Ouyen, Sale, Omeo and Inverloch.

The forums, all of which will be held on weeknights between 7 and 9pm will feature a comprehensive presentation before the audience gets the chance to talk with speakers directly, ask questions and exchange ideas.

Topics will be tailored to each region and include VFA efforts to recover native fish including Macquarie perch, wild trout populations, Gippsland’s embayment fisheries, and Port Phillip Bay’s diverse and productive net-free future.

VFA Acting CEO Luke O’Sullivan said he looked forward to sharing lots of great news with forum audiences this year and listening to suggestions about how we can further improve facilities and everyone’s time on the water.  

“These forums are the perfect place to ask that burning question that’s long been debated amongst family, friends and mates,” he said.

“We’re really keen to hear what matters to fishers in their neck of the woods because locals know their patch better than anyone.”


Forums are free and booking isn’t required. Find out more at


2024 Fishing Forum details

Date and time

Location and host club


Tuesday 9 July,


Boort - Boort Angling Club


Ring Road, Boort

Wednesday 10 July, 7-9pm

Maryborough - Maryborough Angling Club

Clubrooms at Reservoir Rd, Maryborough

Tuesday 16 July,


Melton – Melton Sportfishing Club and Didyabringyarodalong Angling Club

Melton Runabout and Speedboat Club, 1219 Exford Rd, Exford

Wednesday 17 July, 7-9pm

Glen Waverley – Southeast Anglers Association


Waverley RSL, 161 Coleman Parade, Glen Waverley

Tuesday 23 July,


Dartmouth – Dartmouth Angling and Boating Club


5 Oxford St, Dartmouth

Friday 26 July,


Seaholme – Hobsons Bay Sport & Game Fishing Club and Vic Bream Classics

17 Altona Road, Seaholme

Tuesday 30 July,


Geelong – Association of Geelong & District Angling Clubs

9 Yuille St, Geelong West

Wednesday 31 July, 7-9pm

Horsham - Horsham Angling Club/Wimmera Catchment Management Authority


Dixon Drive, Horsham (next to the Wimmera River)

Monday 5 August, 7-9pm

Ouyen – Ouyen Angling Club

9 Pickering St, Ouyen

Tuesday 6 August, 7-9pm

Sale – Sale Fly Fishing Club & Sale Angling and Sports Fishing Club

South Gippsland Hwy, Sale

Wednesday 7 August, 7-9pm

Omeo – Omeo Angling Club


Omeo Angling Clubhouse, Creek St, Ome

Thursday 8 August, 7-9pm

Inverloch – Anderson Inlet Angling Club

88 The Esplanade, Inverloch