Fishing isn’t just a way to pass the time; it’s a perfect family activity that provides invaluable bonding time.

An outdoor hobby like fishing can help kids gain valuable physical and technical skills including balance and coordination; it can increase their appreciation of nature and may even teach them to be patient. Fishing is not only measured by how many fish are caught, but about the satisfaction and challenge.

Get 'em hooked early is a great read if you are interested in introducing your kids to fishing.

A handy hint is to always have some additional activities up your sleeve if there is nothing biting to ensure children don't get too restless or bored. You will find plenty of ideas on our Activity Finder page including:

  • Stone skimming.
  • Boat race - make a leaf boat and float it.
  • Capture the creek - take pictures of your favourite things about the water.
  • Practice tying knots.

Canberra is fortunate to have a variety of great fishing spots. The best locations to start with the kids are lakes Burley Griffin, Ginninderra or Tuggeranong. You've got a good chance to catch a fish even with some corn or bread on a small hook. Once the kids gain some confidence why not pack a picnic lunch and head out to one of the three rivers surrounding the ACT - the Murrumbidgee, Molonglo or Queanbeyan rivers.

Before heading out on your next fishing adventure, it's best to refresh yourself with current information on Recreational Fishing in the ACT . A suggestion is to open this up in the PDF version to familiarise yourself with the protected species of the ACT as well as reviewing the map of permitted fishing waters.


If you would like further information on fishing in the ACT head to Capital Region Fishing Alliance.

Alternatively, if you would like to share your fishing experiences with others why not write for us? Click the GET INVOLVED TODAY button on the top right hand side of this page to post an article or share a great fishing location.


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