Fish by the Rules This Summer

If you’re planning on taking the kids for a fish these holidays, or throwing the line in yourself there’s a timely reminder for you.

fishing-at-sunset-3Minister for Fisheries Bill Byrne says everyone must follow the rules that are in place to ensure sustainable fisheries for future generations.

“All fishers, regardless of whether they are experienced or first timers, should take the time to familiarise themselves with the regulations.”

“This includes size and possession limits, how to correctly measure fish, fishing gear restrictions and closed seasons.

“Different rules apply to fishing in tidal and fresh waters, marine parks and interstate.

Fishing tips and responsibilities

    • Check your limits    For a complete list of size and possession limits, visit or download the Qld Fishing app.
    • Measuring devices    Use a sturdy ruler with an end stop to measure the length of your fish or a crab gauge to measure your crabs.
    • Identify your catch    Always carry a fish identification guide or download the Qld Fishing app (available for IOS and Android). Remember, fish that look similar may in fact be different species with different size and possession limits. If you can’t ID it, free it.
    • Gently does it    When a fish is hooked, avoid playing it on the line for too long. The stressed fish will become exhausted quickly and have less chance of survival if required to be released.
    • Check your gear    A number of restrictions apply to fishing gear in Queensland. Check the rules online at
    • If it’s not yours, don’t touch it    Interfering with crab apparatus you didn’t set is illegal. If you’re concerned apparatus has been abandoned, report it to Fishwatch on 1800 017 116.

Minister Byrne reminded fishers to purchase a Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) before fishing in any of the State’s 63 stocked dams and weirs.

SIPs cost $10.00 for a weekly permit, $50.00 for a yearly permit and $36.00 for a yearly concession permit, covering all 63 dams on the Scheme.

Fishers can purchase a SIP online at, over the phone at 1300 575 359 or at Australia Post outlets and sub-agents.