Hunter River & Tributaries

Area affected

Species of fish that must not be taken

Methods of fishing prohibited

Period

Hunter River (South Channel) - Shellfish

The whole of the waters of South Channel, Hunter River, downstream from the northernmost extremity of Hexham Island to a line across the river from the southernmost extremity of Walsh Point to the eastern side of Selwyn Street.

Any species of shellfish (Class: GASTROPODA / BIVALVIA).

Any method.

All year.

Hunter River - Nets and Traps

The whole of the waters of the Hunter River and its tributaries, from the Fitzgerald Bridge at Raymond Terrace, upstream to the junction of the Hunter and Paterson Rivers.

Any species of fish.

Any method involving the use of a net or trap, other than the following:
(a) a dip or scoop net (prawns),
(b)  a landing net,
(c)  a bait trap.

All year.

Hunter River - Prawn Nets

The whole of the waters of Hunter River and its tributaries, from a line drawn southwesterly from the boat ramp adjacent to Punt Road, Stockton to the eastern extremity of the State Dockyard (Dyke Point) upstream to its junction with Williams River.

Any species of fish.

Any method involving the use of the following:
(a) a hand-hauled prawn net,
(b)  a push or scissors net (prawns).

June to October (inclusive) in each year.

Hunter River (Upper Reaches) and Paterson River

The whole of the tidal waters of Hunter and Paterson Rivers and their tributaries, upstream from a line drawn across Hunter River at the junction of those rivers to the railway bridge crossing at Oakhampton on Hunter River and to Gostwyck Bridge near Martins Creek on Paterson River.

Any species of fish.

Any method involving the use of a net or trap, other than the following:

(a)  a dip or scoop net (prawns),

(b)  a landing net,

(c)  a bait trap.

All year.

Hunter River (Lower Reaches) - Nets

The whole of the waters of the Hunter River from its confluence with the South Pacific Ocean, upstream to a line drawn south-westerly from the boat ramp adjacent to Punt Road, Stockton, to the eastern extremity of the State Dockyard (Dyke Point), including Throsby and Carrington Basins.

Any species of fish.

Any method involving the use of a net, other than the following:
(a)  a dip or scoop net (prawns),
(b)  a landing net.

All year.

Williams River (Lower Reaches) - Nets and Traps

The whole of the tidal waters of the lower Williams River and its tributaries, upstream to the Seaham Weir at Seaham.

Any species of fish.

Any method involving the use of a net or trap, other than the following:
(a)  a dip or scoop net (prawns),
(b)  a landing net,
(c)  a bait trap.

All year.

Williams River (Upper Reaches) - Nets and Traps

The whole of the waters of the Williams River and its tributaries, from the James Scott Bridge at Seaham, upstream to its source.

Any species of fish.

Any method, other than the following:
(a)  a hand held line,
(b)  a dip or scoop net (prawns),
(c)  a landing net.

All year.

Throsby Creek - Shellfish

The whole of the waters of Throsby Creek and its tributaries, upstream from the Cowper Street road bridge.

Any species of the following:
(a)  shellfish (Class: GASTROPODA / BIVALVIA),
(b)  crustaceans (Phylum: CRUSTACEA).

Any method.

All year.

Throsby Creek - Nets and Traps

The whole of the waters of Throsby Creek and its tributaries, upstream from the Cowper Street road bridge.

Any species of fish.

Any method, other than the following:
(a)  a hand held line,
(b)  a landing net,
(c)  a bait trap.

All year.

The above closures are generated from the Fisheries Management (General) Regulation 2010 unless otherwise specified.

For more detailed local information see the Lake Macquarie and Hunter River Recreational Fishing Guide