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Recreational fishing rules and regulations

Size and possession limits - fresh waters

Check other freshwater species with a possession limit of 20.

Australian bass

Species

Size and possession limits

All

30cm min

Possession limit of 2

Australian lungfish

Species

Size and possession limits

All

No take

Barramundi †

Species

Size and possession limits

All

58cm min 120cm max (1 greater than 120cm from some dams)

Possession limit of 5 (1 during closed season from some dams)

Read note 1

Cherabins

Species

Size and possession limits

All

No size limit

Combined limit of 10 in total of Macrobrachium lar and M. rosenbergii species

Cod †

Species

Size and possession limits

Bloomfield River cod

No take

Mary River cod

(upstream of the walls of Cressbrook, Hinze, Maroon, Moogerah, North Pine, Somerset and Wivenhoe dams, and lakes Dyer (Bill Gunn Dam) and Clarendon)

50cm min

Possession limit of 1

Mary River cod

(elsewhere in Queensland)

No take

Murray cod  

(Queensland part of Murray-Darling Drainage Division)

60cm min 110cm max

Possession limit of 2

Read note 1

Eels

Species

Size and possession limits

Longfin, Pacific shortfin (south Pacific) and Southern shortfin

30cm min

Combined limit of 10 in total of all species

Freshwater catfish (eel-tailed catfish, Tandanus tandanus)

Species

Size and possession limits

All

35cm min

Combined limit of 5 in total of fish in the general Neosilurus, Tandanus and Neosiluroides families (e.g. black, Cooper Creek, eel-tailed, false spine, short-finned and Hyrtl’s tandan)

Freshwater sawfish

 

Size and possession limits

All

No take

Garfish

Species

Size and possession limits

All

No size limit

Possession limit of 50

Mangrove jack

Species

Size and possession limits

All

35cm min

Possession limit of 5

Bivalve molluscs and gastropods (excluding oysters)

Species

Size and possession limits

All

No size limit

Possession limit of 50

Perch and grunter

Species

Size and possession limits

Golden perch (yellowbelly)

30cm min

Possession limit of 10

Jungle perch and Spotted flagtail (northern jungle perch)

35cm max

Combined limit of 1 in total of jungle perch and spotted flagtail

Silver perch, Barcoo grunter and Welch’s grunter

30cm min

Combined limit of 5 in total of these species (no more than 2 of these fish can be silver perch)

Silver perch in Paroo and Warrego River basins are a no take species

Sooty grunter

28cm min

Combined limit of 10 in total for Sooty grunter and Khaki grunter species

Khaki grunter (khaki bream)

No size limit

Combined limit of 10 in total for Sooty grunter and Khaki grunter species

Rainbowfish (Melanotaenia sp.)

Species

Size and possession limits

All

No size limit

Combined limit of 20 per species

Redclaw ± 

In its natural range including Gulf of Carpentaria Drainage Division and from the Jacky Jacky River basin south to the Normanby River basin on the east coast of Queensland.

Species

Size and possession limits

All

No size limit

Possession limit of 40

River blackfish

Species

Size and possession limits

All

No take

Saratoga

Species

Size and possession limits

Northern and Southern

50cm min

Combined limit of 1 in total of these species

Sea mullet

Species

Size and possession limits

All

30cm min

Possession limit of 20

Spiny crayfish

Species

Size and possession limits

All

No take

Yabby ± (blueclaw crayfish, Cherax destructor)

Species

Size and possession limits

All

No size limit

Possession limit of 100

Read note 2

Freshwater species with a possession limit of 20

  • Aggassiz’s glassfish (perchlet) 
  • Aru gudgeon 
  • Australian smelt 
  • Banded grunter (barred grunter)
  • Blackmast (strawman) 
  • Blue catfish (lessor salmon catfish) 
  • Bony bream 
  • Boofhead catfish (triangular shield catfish)
  • Celebes flathead goby 
  • Coal grunter 
  • Concave flathead goby 
  • Delicate blueeye
  • Desert goby 
  • Elongate glassfish (yellowfin perchlet) 
  • Empire gudgeon 
  • Fimbriate gudgeon
  • Firetail gudgeon 
  • Flagtail gudgeon (flagtail perchlet) 
  • Flathead gudgeon (bigheaded gudgeon) 
  • Flyspecked hardyhead
  • Freshwater longtom 
  • Gilbert’s grunter 
  • Golden flathead goby 
  • Golden goby (dwarf goby)
  • Highfin catfish (Berney’s catfish) 
  • Lake’s carp gudgeon 
  • Leathery grunter 
  • Lorentz’s grunter
  • Macleay’s glassfish (reticulated perchlet) 
  • Marjorie’s hardyhead 
  • Midgley’s carp gudgeon 
  • Mueller’s glassfish
  • Mulgrave goby 
  • Northern purplespotted gudgeon (trout gudgeon) 
  • Obbes’ catfish 
  • Pacific blueeye
  • Penny fish 
  • Poreless gudgeon 
  • Rendahl’s catfish 
  • Roman nose goby
  • Sailfin flassfish (sailfin perchlet) 
  • Scaleless goby 
  • Sevenspot archer fish (common archer fish) 
  • Silver catfish (silver tandan)
  • Silver cobbler (shovel nosed catfish) 
  • Sleepy cod 
  • Small headed grunter 
  • Snakehead gudgeon
  • Southern purplespotted gudgeon 
  • Spangled perch 
  • Speckled goby 
  • Spotted blueeye
  • Square blotch goby 
  • Striped gudgeon 
  • Tank goby (flathead goby) 
  • Western carp gudgeon
 

Notes:

  1.  A closed season applies to these species.
  2. ± Females carrying eggs or young must be returned to the water within their natural range.
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Last updated
15 July 2016
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