Native Sportfish Angling Opens


The annual three-month closure of the Australian Bass and Estuary Perch fisheries is ending on 1 September 2016.
Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Senior Recreational Fisheries Manager, Cameron Westaway, said both species are sought-after native sportfish found in coastal rivers and lakes.
“The annual zero bag limit for Australian Bass and Estuary Perch is in place from 1 June to 31 August in all rivers and estuaries, except in impoundments and in rivers above impoundments, to protect them during spawning,” he said.

During the autumn and early winter both species migrate to the downstream sections of estuaries, where salinity levels trigger spawning activity. Australian Bass and Estuary Perch can be vulnerable to fishing pressure when gathered in these large spawning aggregations.
Mr Westaway said the spawning period for these fish has now finished, with most returning to their spring and summer feeding ground higher up in the catchment.
“From 1 September anglers can once again take these native species; however, they are reminded that strict bag limits do apply,” he said.
A total bag limit of two Australian Bass or Estuary Perch per person or a combination of both with a possession limit of four is in place.
Only one fish is permitted to be over 35 centimetres in length when fishing in rivers.estuary perch

Recreational fishers who are unsure of the fisheries rules should check before they go fishing. Fishing laws are designed to protect, conserve and improve our fisheries resources for our future generations.

Information on freshwater fishing rules can be found in the NSW Recreational Freshwater Fishing Guide from DPI Fisheries offices, online, at fishing licence agents and at bait and tackle shops.


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