Fishing & boating NEWS | Melbourne & Victoria

Welcome to Fishing Mad “NEWS”. Where we keep you informed of breaking fishing news and headlines around our city and state. This may include emergency outbreaks, upgrades approved in your city, rules and regulation changes and much more. If you would like to contribute to a news post then let us know by emailing us at with specific details about your fishing news and we will gladly look into this for you.

COVID-19 Fishing Ban Victoria – Can I go fishing during the outbreak?

COVID-19 Fishing Ban Victoria – Can I go fishing in Melbourne during the outbreak? Last updated 12/05/2020 – this space is changing so frequently so keep an eye out for updates. Update 11/05/2020 Daniel Andrews has announced that starting on the 13/05 Victorians will be allowed to go fishing once again. […]

FishingMad Feedspot Top 100 fishing resources in the world

A pleasant surprise this week when FishingMad founder Alan Bonnici received notification from leading independent Youtube channel and website reviewer Feedspot. Feedspot has recognised FishingMads presence in the glocal fishing space. Ranking the FishingMad YouTube channel in top 100 fishing channels around the world. Also ranking our website in the […]

Snapper ban in South Australia for 3 years

It’s one of the most radical decisions we have seen around fishing in Australia for as long as I can remember. The SA state government has approved regulation changes to ban snapper fishing from November 1. Snapper is an iconic fish in South Australia and a primary target species for […]

GoFish Nagambie 2020 Fishing Competition April 2-5 & $500,000 in Prizes

GoFish Nagambie 2020 Fishing Festival and competition. It was such a huge success in 2019 that it’s back even bigger and better for 2020. In fact its the biggest fishing competition in Australia with amazing prizes on offer. A cool $500,000 worth of prizes. That’s right half a million reasons […]

Lakes open for kayak fishing Coliban, Hepburn, Malmsbury & Lauriston

Its been a good year for fishing in Victoria for 2019. We’re glad to announce that there is more good news for kayak fisherman across Victoria. An additional 4 lakes are now officially open to canoes, kayaks and boats with electric motors. This all part of the state government election […]

Trout season opening Victoria 2019 will be epic

That’s right, trout season opening in Victoria for 2019 will be epic. Local rivers around Victoria will officially be open from 11:59 pm on Friday 6 September for the trout season opening. Where better to celebrate than at Eildon. 7 tonnes of trophy-sized rainbow trout were released last year creating […]

Lake Wendouree Pressure to ban recreational fishing

Lake Wendouree is a wonderful fishing destination within the vibrant township of Ballarat. The lake is well known for exceptional trout and redfin fishing as well as its Olympic rowing facilities. You can see our guide here on Fishing Lake Wendouree. However, Lake Wendouree and the city of Ballarat has […]

Trout stocking schedule Victoria 2020

Please find the 2020 schedule for trout stocking around Victoria. Just before the school holidays, ‘ready-to-catch’ rainbow trout are stocked into lakes around Melbourne and Victoria. Please keep in mind that a daily bag limit of five trout applies, of which only two can exceed 35 centimetres. This is all part […]

Ferntree Gully Quarry Reserve fish stocking

June 2019 marks as a historic day for the Ferntree Gully Quarry Reserve.  The reserve was stocked with a large volume of rainbow trout, Murray cod and golden perch. This is fantastic news and part of the state governments target 1 million and target 10 million campaigns. The local mayor, […]

Tullaroop Reservoir open kayaks, canoes & electric boats

On the 21st of May 2019 Tullaroop reservoir has officially been open kayaks, canoes and electric boats. This is another huge win for kayak fisherman of Victoria. This is all part of the $34 million dollars Target One Million campaign by our State Government. To encourage more people to fish […]

Scuba diver tragically killed by speeding boat near Frankston

A scuba diver has been hit and tragically killed by a speeding boat in Port Phillip Bay. The incident happened between Frankston and Mornington on the afternoon of May the 5th. It happened around 1 pm the two scuba divers with flags were struck by a boat speeding past. The […]

Tornado hits Lake Purrumbete

A tornado has ravaged popular fishing destination Lake Purrumbete which is located in Koallah. It has caused an estimated 1 million dollars damage to the local holiday park. The team at FishingMad by coincidence were at the location only 48 hours earlier. Myself and good mate Mark were staying at […]

Port Fairy Seal attack causes knee jerk reaction for fishing

Earlier this week a woman in her 70’s was hospitalised after being bitten by a 100 kilogram seal. This all has taken place near the boat ramps along popular fishing destination Port Fairy. Paramedics on the scene reported that the bite was quite nasty and had indeed gone through the […]

Barkers Creek Reservoir open to Kayakers

April started with great news for local kayakers. On the 11th Barkers Creek Reservoir which is located near the township of Bendigo was officially opened up to Kayaks, Canoes and boats with electric motors. Those electric motors will need to travel below 5 knots. This is all part of the […]

Sanctuary Lakes illegal netting leads to hundreds of dead fish

On Sunday the 10th of February the Victorian Fisheries received a call around 6.30 am. The call was to go and investigate illegal catch nets within Sanctuary lakes estate. The call placed by a local who watched in horror as locals were planting multiple long fishing traps. Its a sad […]

State election impact on boating and fishing in Melbourne

State election impact on boating and fishing in Melbourne. Those who know me well would know that I have no tolerance for politics, a place I consider to be full of false promises. However, I did follow our recent state election that was decided on the 25th of November with […]

Yarra factory fire causes water pollution

Yarra factory fire causes water pollution. The EPA ( Environment Protection Authority ) has issued a substantial health warning to local anglers. Those fishing the Yarra river, Maribyrnong river, The Warmies, Hobsons Bay and Stoney creek. This after a Footscray factory full of containers, chemicals, asbestos and highly flammable products […]

Trout season is here, Thousands of stocked rainbows

Trout season is here, Thousands of stocked rainbows. Trout fishing season in Victorian rivers opens at midnight on Friday 31 August, 2018. This may just turn out to be the best trout season ever. Why? you ask. Well fisheries Victoria have been mighty busy in recent weeks. They have  undertaking […]

Fishing Monthly Magazine features FishingMad on cover

Fishing Monthly Magazine features FishingMad on cover. Sometimes it’s nice to pause for a moment and recognise personal accolades of those who work hard around you. This month were very pleased to see the founder of FishingMad Alan Bonnici feature on the cover of the Fishing Monthly Magazine Victoria and […]

Boat Rage in Melbourne at tipping point

It’s a staggering fact 27 million dollars is collected every year for boat registration and licences fees. Yet, only a fraction of that money is put back into boating and fishing for Melbourne and Victoria. In fact only 3 million of that 27 million goes back into boating and fishing. […]

Maribyrnong river upgrades approved

The Maribyrnong river is a truly underrated fishing system within Melbourne’s westerns suburbs. The team at Fishing Mad were very proud to feature in a local campaign to rebuild native fishing populations, and add key improvements along this river. The campaign celebrates the approval of a $815,000 fund to be […]