Gone Fishing NSW Day will be held on October 18

DROP A LINE: Gone Fishing Day is an initiative of the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation, the recreational fishing community's peak national body.
DROP A LINE: Gone Fishing Day is an initiative of the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation, the recreational fishing community's peak national body.

IF you're casting around for something to do on Sunday, log into your computer and get hooked ... on fishing.

October 18 is the annual Gone Fishing NSW Day and organisers of the event, the Department of Primary Industries, have organised a virtual event to complement outdoors activities in the light of pandemic restrictions.

If you download the Gone Fishing Day App, you could snag a number of prizes, including $20 BCF instant giftcards which will be given out every five minutes between 6am and 6pm on the day.

Submit a photo or video and 25 words on why organisers should focus on our local waterway and you could win a $500 BCF giftcard courtesy of OzFish Unlimited.

Or upload a clip of a video you have shot, along with 25 words of an underwater fish habitat and you could stand a chance of winning a Navico Sounder.

Begun five years ago, Gone Fishing Day is an initiative of the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation, the recreational fishing community's peak national body.

The annual event is aimed at celebrating all things fishing.

It is estimated that more than five million Australians enjoy fishing. It could simply be dropping a line over a tinny, cracking a beer and waiting for the fish to bite.

For others, angling is a sport.

Whichever way you choose to enjoy fishing, the activity is a chance to discover and connect with nature our marine environment and rivers. In and around Lithgow, we are blessed with waterways to fish, from Lake Lyell to Lake Wallace.

Best bait for lake fishing includes worms and dough balls.

When casting, look for areas along the shoreline with lily pads or reeds, or other aquatic vegetation. Those areas where there's a change in the type or thickness of vegetation are good spots to fish.

Lake Lyell is known for its rainbow trout, while you could also lure brown trout and Australian bass in Lake Wallace.

Pack your swimming costume and take a dip. Or pitch a tent near Lake Lyell and watch the sun set as you wait to hitch that fish.

Keep your distance from other anglers and visitors.

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