No leniency for fishing licence offences

Recreational fishers are reminded that they must be in possession of a current NSW recreational fishing licence when fishing in any waters within the state. 

NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) Fisheries Compliance Director, Glenn Tritton, said a recreational fishing licence is necessary for all types of freshwater and saltwater fishing activity, including angling, spear fishing, shellfish gathering and prawn netting. 

“Fishers must hold a current recreational fishing licence unless exempt and the licence must be carried at all times while fishing or in possession of fishing gear,” Mr Tritton said. 

“Fisheries officers are finding some fishers are still not aware of the requirement to purchase and at all times carry the licence when engaged in all forms of fishing. 

“A $200 on the spot fine applies for fishing without a current licence and a penalty of $75 applies for licence holders failing to immediately produce their licence or receipt on request by a Fisheries Officer. 

“There are no exceptions – produce a current licence on the spot, or you are likely to receive a fine. 

“Fishing licences have been in place for more than a decade and the requirement to carry a licence or receipt has applied for over a year. 

“Fishers must also comply with a range of rules and regulations, including size and bag limits, gear restrictions and areas closed to fishing.” 

NSW recreational fishing licences are available at more than 1000 outlets, including bait and tackle shops, some Kmart stores and NSW DPI offices. 

Licences are also available online at or by calling 1300 369 365. 

NSW Recreational Fishing Licence fees:

  • $6 for three days 
  • $12 for one month 
  • $30 for one year 
  • $75 for three years 

All money raised by the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee is placed in Recreational Fishing Trusts and spent on improving recreational fishing in NSW, including the funding of fisheries officer positions. 

More information on fishing rules and regulations, fishing licences and how licence fees are used is available from fisheries offices and at