Take your boat on the water or head out on a fishing charter with the likes of Renegade Charters or Kraken Boat Hire to try to reel in some of the 280-odd species of fish in Lake Macquarie, including bream, flathead, mulloway, snapper, tailor and whiting as well as Australian salmon.

Staying on dry land? Cast your line from the lake foreshore, a public jetty, the banks of the Swansea Channel or any of Lake Macquarie’s public beaches.

And if you’re visiting in November, try for the big prize in the popular annual catch-and-release fishing competition Let’s Fish Lake Mac.