Minister for Outdoor Recreation Sonya Kilkenny and Member for Yan Yean Lauren Kathage on the banks of Yarrambat Lake.

The State Government has officially opened the Stronger Fishing Clubs Grant Program, welcoming Victorian angling clubs and associations to apply for grants of up to $10,000.

Minister for Outdoor Recreation Sonya Kilkenny and Member for Yan Yean Lauren Kathage visited the Northern Suburbs Fly Fishing Club, on the shores of Yarrambat Lake last week to announce the new $1.2 million grants program.

Grants will be available to help strengthen and increase club membership and promote participation in recreational fishing.

Clubs from across Victoria can get a helping hand to boost participation in their patch. Applications for round one of the program open and close on December 6. 

Projects eligible for funding include events providing recreational fishing tuition for women, multicultural groups, Indigenous people and all-abilities, alongside open days, training and events, and guest speaker nights.

Projects involving information technology upgrades, website development, clubroom improvements, and equipment that will benefit all members are also eligible for funding. 

To apply online or learn more visit

“We want to help fishing clubs grow because they support newcomers to the pastime of fishing and share generations of knowledge amongst members,” Ms Kilkenny said.

“Our Stronger Fishing Clubs Grant Program will ensure local clubs can attract local members and support them to enjoy all the benefits that come with spending time on the water with family and friends.”

Ms Kilkenny and Ms Kathage also took the opportunity to oversee and participate in the restocking of rainbow trout in Yarrambat Lake, in time for the September school holidays.

“Fishing club members have vast knowledge and experience to share, so new anglers who get involved in a club can learn tips and tricks from those who have spent countless hours wetting a line,” Ms Kathage said.