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Living Here

Keep our lakes healthy and follow fishing guidelines for bag limits and catch sizes.

Fishing & Hunting

Fishing

The Gippsland Lakes are home to Victoria’s largest commercial fishing fleet and a major attraction for recreational fishers. The fishery is managed by established regulations, such as size limits, catch limits and equipment restrictions. A fishing license is required.

Some of the Gippsland Lakes most iconic species include the black bream and dusky flathead.

If you need more inspiration to get out and go fishing, as well as to learn about some of the region’s fishing hotspots, then head to Inspiring Gippsland Fishing.

Counting Fish for the Future

“Electro-fishing” is being trialled on the Gippsland Lakes as a method of assessing fish populations and to help manage the fishery for the future. No fish were harmed in the making of this video!

Hunting

The Lakes also offer some of the best game hunting opportunities in Australia.  There are open seasons and bag limits for game deer and duck. Check out the regulations in the link below.

 

Fishing & Hunting   Boating Guides   Weather Forecast

 

Top boating tips for looking after the Gippsland Lakes

  • Stay 100 metres away from dolphins in a boat and 300 metres away on a jet ski.
  • Do not approach dolphins in your vessel – it’s OK if they approach you!
  • Never drop rubbish into the lake.
  • Don’t leave fishing lines and hooks behind.
  • Don’t anchor in seagrass beds – they are some else’s home!
  • Regularly service your engine – no oil, no spoil.
  • Avoid beaching your boat near fragile shoreline vegetation.
  • Walk on designated paths across sand dunes.

 

…and tips for safe and people-friendly boating

  • Keep to 5 knots in designated areas.
  • Be extra careful within 50 metres of swimmers, shorelines and other boats.
  • Observe time limits on public jetties and wharves.
  • Reduce your wake in narrow waterways.
  • Re-fuel and dispose of sewage at designated locations.
  • Check the weather forecast before your trip.
  • Observe requirements for wearing life-jackets.
  • Don’t mix alcohol and boating.