Summary of fishing closures for major freshwater fish species

The fish species listed in column 1 cannot be taken in waters listed in column 2 during the period specified in column 3.

Fish species

Closure

Period

Australian bass

All rivers except rivers above impoundments

1 May to 31 August

Australian grayling

All waters

All year

Eastern freshwater cod

All waters

All year

Estuary perch

All rivers except rivers above impoundments

1 May to 31 August

Fitzroy Falls spiny crayfish

All waters

All year

Freshwater catfish

All rivers and dams west of the Great Dividing Range except the backed up waters of the following impoundments: Ben Chifley Dam, Burrendong Dam, Chaffey Dam, Copeton Dam, Keepit Dam, Pindari Dam, Split Rock Dam, Windamere Dam, Wyangala Dam

All year

Macquarie perch

All waters

All year

Murray cod

All waters

1 September to 31 November, except Copeton Dam

Murray crayfish

All waters other than the following waters between 1 June and 31 August each year inclusive: (a) Murrumbidgee River between the Hume Highway road bridge, Gundagai and Berembed Weir near Ganmain and (b) Murray River from 130 below Hume Weir near Albury to the Newell Highway road bridge at Tocumwal

All year

River blackfish and Two-Spined Blackfish

All waters

All year

Silver perch

All rivers and dams east and west of the Great Dividing Range except the backed up waters of the following impoundments: Ben Chifley Dam, Blowering Dam, Burrendong Dam, Burrinjuck Dam, Chaffey Dam, Copeton Dam, Glenbawn Dam, Glennies Creek Dam, Googong Dam, Jounama Pondage, Keepit Dam, Lake Albert, Lake Wyangan, Pindari Dam, Split Rock Dam, Windamere Dam, Wyangala Dam, Yass Weir

All year

Spiny crayfish (other than Murray crayfish and Fitzroy Falls spiny crayfish)

Trout waters

All year

Trout cod

All waters.  All fishing is prohibited in the Murray River and its tributaries between Yarrawonga Weir and the Tocumwal Road Bridge from September to November, to protect breeding populations.

All year

Trout and Salmon

General trout streams, artificial fly and lure streams (refer to the NSW Recreational Freshwater Fishing Guide for the location of these waters)

Trout spawning streams (refer to the NSW Recreational Freshwater Fishing Guide for the location of these waters)

Tuesday after the June long weekend to the last Friday prior to the start of the October long weekend

Tuesday after the June long weekend until midnight 30 April the following year. Rules for artificial fly and lure streams apply from the start of the October long weekend until 30 April

Note. Many waterways are temporarily or permanently closed to fishing or to certain fishing methods.  Refer to the NSW Recreational Freshwater Fishing Guide for more information.