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Recreational fishing rules and regulations

Catch limits and closures

There are limits on the size (length) of a species you can take and the amount of a certain species you can have in your possession. Size limits generally allow a fish to spawn at least once in order to add to the species numbers. Some fish have a maximum and a minimum size limit because it is the larger individuals who may contribute more to their population.

Possession limits are in place to conserve heavily sought after species, species that are easily captured, share more catch, reduce illegal fish marketing and promote responsible fishing. Possession limits do not apply on a per day basis. Any fish you have caught previously and may be keeping at home in your freezer, for example, are included in your possession limit for a fish species.

Certain waterways are regulated, or closed for a period of time due to a population of endangered or threatened species living there, fish spawning in the location, potential overfishing of a species or to support the successful migration of a fish through the waterway. You aren’t allowed to fish during closed seasons or in regulated waters because of the impact it could have on a particular species and their lifecycle.

Find out more about size and possession limits in tidal waters or size and possession limits in fresh waters.

Detailed information is available about recreational fishing closures in your area.

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