The Goulburn River and Nagambie Lakes will be home to Australia’s richest and largest freshwater fishing competition and outdoor lifestyle festival, GoFish Nagambie.
Tourism and Major Events Minister John Eren visited Nagambie’s Mitchelton Winery on Wednesday to make the announcement that the $500000 fishing bonanza would take place from April 25 to 28 next year and again in 2020.
The Victorian Government helped secure the festival through the $20million regional events fund, which is helping towns such as Nagambie attract major events that drive visitation.
Mr Eren said major events were a great way to drive economic development and jobs growth in regional Victoria.
‘‘GoFish Nagambie will keep local restaurants, cafes and motels busy, and that’s great news for local jobs, businesses and tourism operators,’’ Mr Eren said.
One of the unique features of the event is its ‘‘catch, measure, release’’ conditions and its environmentally friendly focus.
All fish caught are measured and lodged via a purpose-built GoFish Nagambie mobile phone application and are then safely returned to their environment.
The competition is spread across three different categories; boats, kayaks and bank fishing.
Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said the event was great news for the region and encouraged anglers to make their way to Nagambie for a fantastic competition and festival.
‘‘One of the biggest drawcards for the Strathbogie Shire is its natural beauty and one of the best things about fishing is getting outdoors and enjoying nature,’’ Cr McClaren said.
The GoFish Nagambie competition area stretches over 30km of waterways, with fishing focused on Murray cod, golden perch and European carp.
Anglers can register interest online at gofishnagambie.com.au