Join the Party: Gone Fishing Day WA 2016

The first National Gone Fishing Day WA will be held on October 16 and Recfishwest is supporting the initiative.  More than five million Australians fish each year with an estimated 740,000 in WA alone. This event aims to highlight the social and economic value of recreational fishing and will incorporate events across the country.

Recfishwest requested a licence free day to give people the opportunity to participate in different types of fishing, without requiring a licence. Fisheries Minister Joe Francis, encouraged West Australians to join in and celebrate the inaugural national Gone Fishing Day and approved the request.  As a concession to the first-ever national Gone Fishing Day, the annual West Coast Bioregion demersal finfish closure, due to start on Saturday October 15, will be delayed for 48 hours.  All other applicable closures will remain in force, including the existing closure on fishing for Pink Snapper in Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds.


It is hoped more than a million people will enjoy the many positive benefits recreational fishing provides on the 16th , with families and kids at the forefront of this celebration.   Studies have shown fishing is good for health and fitness, mental health, and it is a historic and safe pastime accessible to just about anyone who lives near water .

On October 16, Recfishwest will be running a family fishing day  with clinics and other fun activities for kids on the Swan River. All levels of experience are welcome, don’t miss out on a fun family filled day. Register Now, your kids will love you for it!

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Across Australia, activities planned for the day include fishing clinics, family fishing events, fishing tournaments and waterway clean-ups.

Local clubs interested in getting involved can also contact Recfishwest, as we are happy to help facilitate activities.