Please note that the Community Fishing program is currently on hold due to the current COVID-19 situation with the volunteers unable to conduct the program.
No fishing is permitted at the venue outside of this program. Keep an eye on our What's On page for information on when the program is able to resume again.
Be part of the Community ‘catch and release’ fishing program at Sydney International Regatta Centre.
Supervised by NSW Department of Primary Industries Fish Care volunteers, it’s a great way to learn about responsible catch and release practices, as well as the rules and regulations of inland fishing, fishing conservation, ethics and the environment. You’ll also learn about the adaptive management plan of Penrith Lakes, including the importance of native fish communities for thriving ecosystems and recreational fishing.
There are currently nine species of freshwater fish in Penrith Lakes, including Australian bass, freshwater catfish and long finned eel.
All participants must sign in and out of the venue to access the Island where fishing is allowed under supervision in a select area of the Warm-up lake. Fishing is never permitted in the Competition Lake. Ensure you check in with the Fishcare volunteers before you commence fishing.
Enter the Regatta Centre via Gate A, immediately turn left (Don't go right into the main carpark) and stop at the boom gate, enter the office to sign in and staff will direct you over to the Island to meet the volunteers.
BYO equipment, including barbless hooks
BYO bait such as corn, bread or worms. Live bait is prohibited
Children under 16 years MUST be supervised by a parent or adult guardian
Current NSW Fisheries recreation fishing licence essential. Purchase online here or at most BCF / K Mart stores.
The Community fishing program is held most Tuesdays (subject to other events) from gates open to approx 3pm. Check the What's On page for upcoming fishing dates.
Fishing is not permitted at the Regatta Centre any other time outside this program, or in locations not supervised by Fishcare volunteers. Those not following the rules, will be asked to leave the venue and not bbe able to participate in the program in the future