Yabby (freshwater)

Vic Fishing Rec Guide 2015

Yabbie

Common Name/s: Yabby
Scientific Name: Cherax spp.
Minimum legal size: no minimum
Possession limit in, on or next to Victorian waters:

- 20 litres whole yabby; or 
- 150 whole yabby; or 
- 5 litres of yabby meat in any form not exceeding 150 tails (including claws or other parts). 

Possession limit anywhere else in Victoria:You must not possess:
- more than 60 litres of whole yabby; or
- more than 400 whole yabby; or
- more than 10 litres of yabby (other than whole yabby) not exceeding 400 tails.
Note:Berried female yabbies must be returned to the water.
Collection methods for yabbies:- Not more than 10 baited lines (no hooks) (see Permitted Use of Equipment); or

- Not more than 2 bait traps (labelled) (see Using Equipment in Inland Waters); or

- Not more than 5 hoop nets in the waters and tributaries of specified waters (see Using Equipment in Inland Waters); or

- No open lift top nets in the waters and tributaries of specified waters (see Using Equipment in Inland Waters); or

- A combination of 10 nets (labelled) that are hoop nets or open top lift nets in other waters including Lake Eildon, Rocklands Reservoir and Lake Darthmouth.
Opera house nets:

The use of possession of opera house nets (see diagram) is prohibited in, on or next to Victorian public waters.  

Opera house net


Opera house nets can only be used in private inland waters such as farm dams where a maximum of 3 pots applies.

Labelling:Hoop nets, bait traps and open top lift nets must be attached to a tag that remains above the water's surface with the recreational fisher's full name and place of residence clearly and legibly written.  For detailed information concerning equipment see Using Equipment in Inland Waters.