Don’t be a fishing fool – know your rules

Just like fresh Queensland prawns for Christmas lunch, fishing and summer are a perfect match.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said taking your children out fishing over the summer holidays, or just going out on the water with friends, created lifetime memories.

“But if you are planning a fishing trip this holiday season, don’t forget to check the rules before you drop a line in the water,” Minister Furner said.

”It’s important that everyone is aware of and follows the rules, which ensure sustainable fisheries for future generations of Queensland fishers.

“Everybody, regardless of whether they are experienced or first timers, should familiarise themselves with the relevant rules that apply, including size and possession limits, how to correctly measure fish, fishing gear restrictions and closed seasons.

“There are different rules for fishing in tidal and fresh waters, marine parks and interstate.”

Fishing tips and responsibilities 

Check your limits

For a list of size and possession limits, visit or download the Qld Fishing app.

Measuring devices

Use a 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. Fish that look similar can actually 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. A stressed fish will quickly become exhausted and have less chance of survival if required to be released.

Check your gear

A number of restrictions apply to fishing gear. Check the rules at

If it’s not yours, don’t touch it

Interfering with crab apparatus you didn’t set is illegal. If you see apparatus that may have been abandoned, report it to Fishwatch on 1800 017 116.

The Minister said anglers could also purchase a Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) before fishing in any of our 63 stocked dams and weirs.

“Stocked impoundments are replenished regularly making them the perfect sustainable fishing option,” he said.

“Species stocked include barramundi, golden perch, silver perch, Australian bass, Mary River cod, Murray River cod and saratoga.”

The cost of an annual permit is $50 per person, $36 for concession card holders or $10 for a weekly permit. Permits are available at, by calling 1300 575 359, or at any Australia Post outlet in Queensland.

To report any suspected illegal fishing activity, call the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116.

For more information on Queensland fishing rules including fish identification and SIPs, visit, call 13 25 23 or download the free ‘Qld Fishing’ app from Apple and Google app stores.

Follow Fisheries Queensland on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@FisheriesQld).

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