2020 Recreational Guide changes

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.

Read about the regulation changes here.

General guide updates

We have made some adjustments and improvements to the guide, listed below.

Change from 2019Page in hard copy guide

Anchovy, pilchard and other clupeiods bag limit now inclusive of all species

Page 10

Boarfish (all species) bag limit now inclusive of all species


Estuary perch (including Australian bass and hybrids) bag limits and waterways clarified

Page 12

Mackerel (all species of Trachurus and Scomber except yellowtail scad) species and corresponding bag limits clarified

Page 15

Tuna (southern bluefin, yellowfin and big eye) possession limit clarified

Page 18

Warehou (haddock) (all species) species clarified

Page 18

Squid (including calamari), octopus and cuttlefish (all species) species clarified

Page 33

Australian bass (including estuary perch and hybrids) species and bag limit clarified

Page 47

Australian smelt, broad-finned galaxias, common galaxias, flat-headed galaxias, mountain galaxias, spotted galaxias species and bag limits clarified

Page 47

Murray hardyhead and unspecked hardyhead are prohibited to take

Page 49

Western carp gudgeon has been added

Page 53

Cheetah trout has been added

Page 54

Yabby (freshwater) possession limits clarified

Page 66

Glenelg freshwater mussel are prohibited to take

Page 68

Mouth definition clarified

Page 86

Crabs (all species except giant crabs* and European green shore crabs) bag limit clarified

Page 23

Want a hard copy?

The Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide is available in three key formats: hard copy, via our VicFishing app and here on our website.

Hard copies can be obtained from most fishing tackle shops that sell recreational fishing licences, by ringing the Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or from most regional offices of The Victorian Fisheries Authority.

You may also email improving.fishing@vfa.vic.gov.au to obtain a hard copy of the latest Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide.

Please be advised it will take approximately 10 - 14 working days for the guides to arrive after ordering.