Changes to recreational fishing regulations
From 1 February 2020, some recreational fishing regulations are changing.
They include changes to the Murray cod closed season, barbed flying gaffs, hand-held spears, family fishing lakes, tethering of live fish and catch limits for bass yabbies, sea urchins, river blackfish, goatfish and Macquarie perch.
To download a fact sheet on the changes, use the links below:
|Seasonal or area restrictions|
|The salmonid closed season for Mt Emu Creek and the Moyne River will be removed to allow fishing year-round.|
|Offences relating to fishing in or on Ryan’s Creek between Loombah Weir and McCallsay Weir (near Tatong) will be removed (access to these areas may be restricted by the relevant land manager).|
|The closed season for Murray cod south of the Great Dividing Range has been removed to allow fishing for this species year-round, except for the Yarra River where the closed season still applies. The closed season north of the Great Dividing Range (except for Lake Eildon) also continues to apply.|
|The use of barbed flying gaffs (with a hook) for game fishing will be allowed.|
|Hand-held spears with more than 2 prongs and barbs will be allowed to be used (in locations where hand-held spears are currently permitted).|
|A number of rules currently set out in Fisheries Notices have been transferred into the new regulations, including those relevant the management of Murray cod, Murray spiny freshwater crayfish, rays, golden perch, trout cod and trout. The rules specified in each notice (e.g. daily catch limits and size limits) will not change.|