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. The Come Fish with Us timetable below covers all our locations across NSW, including both freshwater and saltwater fishing. To register a spot, simply click on the book here link in the table, which will take you to Eventbrite, where you can book a place for FREE.
Check out fishing dates and freshwater or saltwater fishing locations below, new locations are continually being added so if a day is booked out don't hesitate to give our Education Officer team a call.
|Venue / Region
North Coast Region
M: 0458 274 876
|08/03/2024 - Women's Fishing Day Boambee Bay - Book Here (Int'l Women's Day)
01/06/2024 - Community Fishing Day Fortem Australia - Fully Booked
M: 0455 553 988
|08/03/2024 - Women's Fishing Day Carrington - Book Here (Int'l Women's Day)
10/04/2024 - Kids Fishing Day Woy Woy
12/04/2024 - Try Fishing Session Gosford
17/04/2024 - Kids Fishing Workshop Nelson Bay
18/04/2024 - Try Fishing Session Nelson Bay
M: 0448 725 878
|08/03/2024 - Women's Fishing Workshop Birchgrove -
Fully Booked (Int'l Women's Day)
09/03/2024 - Women's Fishing Workshop Birchgrove - Book Here
21/04/2024 - Women's Fishing Workshop Clarke's Point
South Coast Region
M: 0408 437 547
|16/04/2024 - Women's Fishing Workshop Greenwell Point
South West Region
M: 0447 219 618
|08/03/2024 - Women's Fishing Workshop Forbes - Book Here (Int'l Women's Day)
27/03/2024 - Women's Fishing Workshop Forbes - Book Here (Int'l Women's Day)
18/04/2024 - Kids Fishing Workshop Narrandera Fisheries Centre - Book Here
19/04/2024 - Kids Fishing Workshop Narrandera Fisheries Centre - Book Here
North West Region
M: 0419 662 508
|02/03/2024 - Try Fishing Session Narrabri
03/03/2024 - Try Fishing Session Narrabri
08/03/2024 - Women's Fishing Workshop Lake Keepit - Book Here (Int'l Women's Day)
17/03/2024 - Kids Fishing Workshop Lake Keepit - Book Here
18/04/2024 - Kids Fishing Workshop Lake Keepit
23/04/2024 - Women's Fishing Workshop Lake Keepit - Fully Booked
05/05/2024 - Kids Fishing Workshop Black Mountain
12/07/2024 - Try Fishing Session Mudgee
13/07/2024 - Try Fishing Session Mudgee
A long session of over 2 hours, FREE workshops for all members of the community, and include workshops dedicated to kids (8 – 14 year old group) not-for-profit community groups (i.e. Fortem Australia, Casting For Recovery, Boys from the Bush, Anglicare), families and some dedicated women's workshops. Prior to fishing, 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.
Run FREE, they are aimed at juniors, encouraging them to take up a lifelong passion for fishing. A parent is to accompany each child/ren on the day and bookings are done via Eventbrite.
Run FREE for women, aimed at providing easily accessible and welcoming entry pathways for women to participate in fishing. Children are also welcome to attend the fishing days.
Run FREE and often in partnership with not-for-profit and disability groups, councils, clubs, etc to enhance access to the outdoors and fishing opportunities.
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. You may even get a goodie bag or a prize to take home on the day.
Safety and clear policies are paramount to NSW DPI, staff and volunteers, as such the following is standard for all our fishing days:
Promotion for workshops and sessions open to the public is done this webpage with additional more promotion on our NSW Fisheries Facebook and Instagram pages. Bookings are essential and links to Eventbrite are provided in the table above before each event.
Not-for-profit groups and partner agencies/organisations can get involved with dedicated group workshops with NSW DPI. For more information, contact your local Fisheries Education Officer (details above) to discuss workshop opportunities.
Schools can get involved through the “Get Hooked it’s Fun to Fish Fishing” Schools page
For more information about the Department's fishing workshops contact email@example.com.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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
Crab Gear Exchange Dates
North Coast Region
M: 0458 274 876
M: 0455 553 988
Lake Macquarie - Book Here
M: 0448 725 878
Drummoyne Park Boat Ramp