Recreational fishing rules

If you intend to fish recreationally in our waterways it is important you are fully aware of the rules and regulations in place that protect fish species and the sustainability of the industry.

You do not require a licence to fish recreationally in Queensland, except if fishing in some stocked impoundments where a stocked impoundment permit is required.

You should make sure you are fully aware of the rules that apply to the area you are intending to fish. Restrictions can vary (either interstate, or even on the opposite side of a river) so ensuring you are familiar with the rules in place will help protect our fisheries resources and save you from receiving a fine.

Other local, state and federal regulations may apply – you will need to check with the relevant local authorities.

Recreational fishing rules

In this guide:

  1. Fishing equipment
  2. Catch limits and closures
  3. Size and possession limits - tidal waters
  4. Size and possession limits - fresh waters

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