Trout Spawning Stream Rules Now in Place in Thredbo and Eucumbene Rivers

26 Apr 2023

Recreational fishers are reminded that the annual trout fishing spawning stream rules commence from Monday 1 May 2023 in the region’s two declared spawning streams.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Deputy Director General Fisheries, Sean Sloan said the annual trout spawning stream fishing rules apply to the Thredbo River and its tributaries and the Eucumbene River and its tributaries (upstream of the backed-up waters of Lake Eucumbene and including Providence Portal).

“While this is a great opportunity to target trophy trout in the Thredbo and Eucumbene rivers, there are some special rules in place to provide protection for spawning trout,” Mr Sloan said.

"A minimum size limit of 50cm, daily bag limit of one and possession limit of two trout applies to the Thredbo and Eucumbene rivers from 1 May to the end of the King’s Birthday long weekend on Monday, June 12, 2023.

“Fishers can only use one rod and line at a time, rigged with up to two artificial flies or lures and they can possess up to three rods, rigged with artificial flies or lures, however the use and possession of handlines is not permitted, and any fishing gear rigged for bait fishing is also prohibited.

“DPI Fisheries Officers will be patrolling the Thredbo and Eucumbene rivers to ensure that fishers abide by the rules and fishers are encouraged to respect each other and be sure to leave the area as pristine as it was found.”

The public is urged to report illegal or suspected illegal fishing activities to the Fishers Watch Phoneline on 1800 043 536 or via the online report form.

For more information on fishing rules and bag limits, please visit the DPI website.

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