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 with the Fish Care volunteers on arrival who can run you through where fishing is allowed in the Warm-Up Lake under supervision. You are not permitted to fish in the Competition Lake, or around other events that may be taking place at the venue.
Enter via Gate A, drive straight and stop at the boom gates, press the Venue button to speak to staff, let them know you are here for Community Fishing and they will direct you to the volunteers.
To check when the program is running, visit the Opening Hours page on the website. It will be listed on Tuesday if taking place. If not listed, then fishing is not permitted.
- Shore-based fishing, in the SIRC Warm-up Lake
- 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 Opening Hours page for upcoming fishing dates.
Fishing is not permitted under any circumstances at any other time outside of this supervised program.