Freshwater bag and size limits

Bag limit: The maximum number of fish per person per day.

Possession Limit: The possession limit is the maximum number of fish per person if you have been fishing for more than one day, which is equal to twice the daily bag limit, unless otherwise stated in the table. The possession limit also applies to the transport and storage of fish but does not apply to the purchase of fish from a registered fish receiver, such as a fish shop.

Summary of freshwater fishing rules

Species

Legal length

Daily limit

Possession limit

Open fishing season

Australian BassAustralian Bass

* Only catch and release fishing is permitted in the Snowy catchment

-

2 (one or more species), only
1 over 35 cm in rivers

4 (one or more species) , only 1 over 35 cm in rivers

September to April in rivers below freshwater impoundments (catch and release fishing permitted from May to August). All year in freshwater impoundments and rivers above freshwater impoundments

Estuary Perch
Estuary Perch

* Only catch and release fishing is permitted in the Snowy catchment

Crayfish, Murray
Murray crayfish

10 cm to 12 cm

2

4

June to August in the following waters: (a) Murrumbidgee River and its tributaries excluding Old Man Creek from the Hume Highway road bridge at Gundagai to a line 100m upstream of the weir face at Berembed Weir near Ganmain (b) Murray River and its tributaries from 130 below Hume Weir near Albury to the Newell Highway road bridge at Tocumwal, All other waters in NSW are closed to Murray crayfish fishing.

Crayfish, other spiny except Fitzroy Falls Spiny Crayfish

Picture of a Spiny Crayfish

9 cm

5 (one or more species), only
1 over 12cm

10 (one or more species), only 1 over 12 cm

All year

Eel , Southern Short-fin
Eels (short and longfinned)

30 cm

10

10

All year

Eel, Long-fin
Eels (short and longfinned)

58 cm

10

10

All year

Freshwater Catfish (Eel-tailed)
Catfish

30 cm in listed dams, eastern dams and eastern rivers

5 in listed dams and eastern dams, 2 in eastern rivers

10 in listed dams and eastern dams, 4 in eastern rivers

All year in eastern rivers, eastern dams and listed dams

Golden Perch
Golden perch

30 cm

5

10

All year

Murray Cod
Murray cod

55 cm to 75 cm

2

4

December to August each year. All year Copeton Dam

Silver Perch
Silver perch

25 cm in listed dams

5 in listed dams

10 in listed dams

All year in listed dams

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

Brown Trout

Brown trout

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

Brook Trout

Brook trout

25 cm in artificial fly and lure streams and dams  2 (one or more species) in artificial fly and lure streams and dams  4 (one or more species) in artificial fly and lure streams and dams  From start of October long weekend to end of June long weekend in artificial fly and lure streams. Artificial fly and lure dams are open to fishing all year 
 50 cm in trout spawning streams 1 (one or more species) in trout spawning streams  2 (one or more species) in trout spawning streams  From 1 May to end of June long weekend. Rules for artificial fly and lure streams apply from start of October long weekend to 30 April. 
 25 cm in general trout streams, general trout dams and  all other waters 5 (one or more species)  10 (one or more species)   From start of October long weekend to end of June long weekend in general trout streams. General trout dams and all other waters are open to fishing all year 

Yabbies - Freshwater
Yabbies - freshwater

-

200

200

All year

Other native fin fish species

-

10, one or more species, other than invertebrates

10, one or more species, other than invertebrates

All year

Non native fin fish species (excluding trout & salmon)

-

-

-

All year

In the above table, the terms "eastern dams" & "eastern rivers" refer to waters located within the eastern drainages of NSW. Listed dams are shown in the table below: The daily limit is the maximum number of fish taken per person per day. The possession limit is the maximum number of fish per person if you have been fishing for more than one day, which is equal to twice the daily bag limit, unless otherwise stated in the table. The possession limit also applies to the transport and storage of fish but does not apply to the purchase of fish from a registered fish receiver, such as a fish shop. Finfish are measured from the tip of the snout to tip of the tail. Crayfish are measured from the rear of the eye socket to the centre rear of the carapace.

The taking of any fish species in general trout streams, artificial fly and lure streams and trout spawning streams from the end of the June long weekend to the start of the October long weekend is prohibited. Refer to the NSW Government Gazette for more information on trout and salmon fishing rules. Seasonal fishing closures may apply in other waters. Refer to Schedule 4 of the Fisheries Management (General) Regulation 2010.

Western dams where Silver Perch & Catfish may be taken

Dam/Weir Species permitted
Ben Chifley Silver Perch, Catfish
Blowering Silver Perch
Burrendong Silver Perch, Catfish
Burrinjuck Silver Perch
Chaffey Silver Perch, Catfish
Copeton Silver Perch, Catfish
Googong Silver Perch
Jounama Silver Perch
Keepit Silver Perch, Catfish
Lake Albert Silver Perch
Lake Wyangan Silver Perch
Pindari Silver Perch, Catfish
Split Rock Silver Perch, Catfish
Windamere Silver Perch, Catfish
Wyangala Silver Perch, Catfish
Yass Silver Perch

Eastern dams where Silver Perch & Catfish may be taken

Dam/Weir Species permitted
Glenbawn Silver Perch, Catfish
Glennies Creek Silver Perch, Catfish
All other eastern dams *Catfish

*Note: Catfish may also be taken from eastern flowing streams.