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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. Enter via Gate A, immediately turn left and stop at the boom gate, enter the office to sign in and staff will direct you to the volunteers.

Program details

  • Shore-based fishing
  • 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 from 9am to approx 3pm. Check the events calendar for upcoming fishing dates.
Fishing is not permitted at any other time outside this program.

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