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Recreational fishing rules and regulations

Size and possession limits - fresh waters

General possession limit

There is a general possession limit of 20 for all species without a prescribed possession limit (excluding some bait species).

Freshwater species

Australian bass

Species

Size and possession limits

All
(in all dams and weirs under the Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme)

30cm min

Possession limit of 5

All 
(elsewhere in Queensland)

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 per person / 10 per boat (with 2 or more people on board

Possession limit of 1 per person / 2 per boat (with 2 or more people on board) during the closed season for 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

(no take except upstream of the walls within Cressbrook, Ewan Maddock, Hinze, Maroon, Moogerah, North Pine, Somerset, Wivenhoe and Wyaralong dams; lakes Dyer (Bill Gunn Dam), Clarendon, Manchester and Kurwongbah (Sideling Creek Dam); Caboolture River Weir; Enoggera Reservoir and Robina Lakes)

60cm min

Possession limit of 1

Mary River cod

(elsewhere in Queensland)

No take

Murray cod

(Queensland part of Murray-Darling Drainage Division)

60cm min

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

Goby

Species

Size and possession limits

Cling goby (of the subfamily Sicydiinae)

No take

Edgbaston hardyhead, Myross hardyhead

Species

Size and possession limits

Edgbaston hardyhead, Myross hardyhead

No take (Thomson river)

Mangrove jack

Species

Size and possession limits

All

35cm min

Possession limit of 5

Bivalve molluscs and gastropods

Includes pipis, mud whelks and cockles. Excludes oysters

Species

Size and possession limits

All

No size limit

Combined possession limit of 30 except in Moreton Bay where bivalve molluscs and gastropods (excluding pipis) are no take.

Mullet

Species

Size and possession limits

Freshwater 30 cm min

Possession limit of 20 

Diamonscale

30cm min

Possession limit of 20

Sea 30 cm min
 
Possession limit of 20
Mullet exceptions (all other mullet except diamondscale, sea and freshwater) 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

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

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.

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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