Come Fish with Us

Looking to get into fishing but don’t know how to get started? Then join us at one of our many FREE Fish with us activities such as Fishing Workshops and Try Fishing Sessions that will teach you all the basics needed to fish for today and tomorrow.

Workshop participants smiling with fishing rods and bags recieved at the workshop. DPI Fishcare volunteer holding fish

Fishing Workshops

We run FREE workshops for everyone, including our target 8 – 14 year old groups, families and some dedicated adult community workshops. You will learn about fishing rules, how to cast, knot tying, baiting and rigging followed by a supervised fishing session with our Education Officers and Fishcare Volunteers.

Giveaways include a rod/reel combo, sunglasses, tackle box and goodie bag to use on the day and to take home to continue their fishing adventure.

What are you waiting for?
Check out workshop dates and freshwater or saltwater fishing locations below, with new locations being added to our workshop calendar all the time.

Fish for Life 'Try Fishing' sessions

Join us at one of our FREE community Try Fishing Sessions across the state, which are open to everyone and all ages. They are a great opportunity to learn the basics of fishing, talk fishing with our Education Officers and Fishcare Volunteers and try your hand at casting a line. We provide all the equipment, bait and fishing advice for the day. Check out dates and locations below with more sessions added during the year.

Fishing workshops timetable

*Please note our workshops use COVID-safe practices.

Venue/region

Workshop dates

Location

North Coast Region

Melanie Buhler

M: 0458 274 876

melanie.buhler@dpi.nsw.gov.au

11/01/2023

24/01/2023

Ballina (10am-12pm) - Book Here

Tweed Heads (10am-12pm) - Book Here

Central Region

Dee Payne

M: 0408 437 547

dee.payne@dpi.nsw.gov.au

  

Sydney Region

Dee Payne

M: 0408 437 547

dee.payne@dpi.nsw.gov.au

  

South Coast Region

Dee Payne

M: 0408 437 547

dee.payne@dpi.nsw.gov.au

  

South West Region

Brett Smith

M: 0447 219 618

brett.smith@dpi.nsw.gov.au
13/04/2023
14/04/2023
Narrandera Fisheries Centre

North West Region

Roger Cupples

M: 0419 662 508

roger.cupples@dpi.nsw.gov.au

11/03/2023Deano's Hatchery, Black Mountain - Fully Booked

Try Fishing Sessions

Note: Schools Holidays are the 21st December to the 26th January 2023 (*2nd February, 2023 - Western Division)

Venue/region

Workshop dates

Location

North Coast Region

Melanie Buhler

M: 0458 274 876

melanie.buhler@dpi.nsw.gov.au

24/01/2023

17/02/2023

Pioneer Park, Tweed Heads (1pm - 3:30pm)

Coffs Harbour

Central Region

Dee Payne

M: 0408 437 547

dee.payne@dpi.nsw.gov.au

  

Sydney Region

Dee Payne

M: 0408 437 547

dee.payne@dpi.nsw.gov.au

  

South Coast Region

Dee Payne

M: 0408 437 547

dee.payne@dpi.nsw.gov.au

  

South West Region

Brett Smith

M: 0447 219 618

brett.smith@dpi.nsw.gov.au

29/01/2023

05/03/2023

Lions Park, Forbes (9am - 2pm)

Apex Park, Lake Albert, Wagga (10am - 1pm)

(Bookings not required for these events)

North West Region

Roger Cupples

M: 0419 662 508

roger.cupples@dpi.nsw.gov.au

29/01/2023

25/02/2023

04/03/2023

05/03/2023

Lake Keepit Dam (10am - 1pm)

Lake Keepit Dam (10am - 12pm) - Fully Booked

Crossing Theatre Park, Narrabri (8am - 2pm)

Crossing Theatre Park, Narrabri (9am - 2pm)

Your safety on the day

DPI complies with current NSW Health COVID safety guidelines. In addition:

  • a parent/guardian must accompany all juniors (under 18 years) to help their child with baiting, knots, casting and during practical fishing. Parents/guardians are to ensure their child is appropriately dressed for the workshop activity, including enclosed shoes and a hat. Please bring a water bottle and ensure your sun safe.
  • All DPI staff and volunteers meet working with children checks and all sites used are risked assessed.

How do I get involved in these fishing workshops and fishing sessions?

Promotion for workshops and sessions open to the public is done this webpage with additional more promotion on our  NSW Fisheries Facebook page  and can also be found on Eventbrite. Bookings are essential and links will be provided in the table above before each event.

Groups/organisation

Not for profit groups and partner agencies/organisations can run dedicated group workshops with NSW DPI. For more information, contact your local Fisheries Education Officer (details above) to discuss workshop opportunities.

How can my school get involved

Schools can get involved through the “Get Hooked it’s Fun to Fish Fishing” Schools page

Contact information

For more information about the Department's fishing workshops contact fish.care@dpi.nsw.gov.au.

DPI workshops feedback

"Many of the students that I brought would never get the opportunity to learn about fish, fishing and conservation. As part of our outdoor educational program, it was a wonderful opportunity for our boys to develop knowledge and understanding about responsible fishing practices, fishing rules and regulations, fishing safety and fish anatomy. Our school cannot wait until next year, we would like to bring more! Once again, thanks."

Tracey, Canberra

"I'd like to thank you and all the people involved for the excellent workshop held at Tuross Head last Wednesday 15th April, 2015. I was informed of it through the local Tuross Head Fishing Club and its involvement with the Tuross Head Country Club. I am retired here and offered my grandchildren in Canberra the experience. 4 of them joined it enthusiastically. Aged from 9 to 14, 3 boys and 1 girl, all were delighted with their experiences. Not only did they learn sound basic skills but they remain keen to continue their fishing. The day was cleverly organised to teach the range of age groups and the fishing and safety gear they received served to cement their interest in fishing. What a great concept and adventure! Thanks."

Ian

"I just wanted to write to you to thank you for offering such a wonderful fishing program. Aaron had a wonderful day and came home reiterating all that he had learnt about fishing and its restrictions. He is now very keen to talk about his experience in an assessment task due next term. It is always a challenge as a parent to find engaging and educational activities during school holidays. I congratulate you and particularly the volunteers for providing such a memorable day. I will certainly be singing your praises."

Mary, Sydney

"As it's the last day of the school holidays I just wanted to tell what a great time fishing my boys have had these holidays. They have spent the best part of the holidays riding up and down river on their bikes to various fishing holes, fishing and swimming. All thanks to the workshop. They have become fishing obsessed and get up at 5.30, unheard of for most 14 yr olds!!, just to go fishing. Best of all they have caught some really big fish that they thrilled with. Cheers."

Michelle, Central West Tablelands