Freshwater Fishing And Stocking Association of Queensland

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  • Size, take and possession limits for fresh waters *Check QLD Rec Fishing Guide for change

    * as correct at time inserted

    The following legal limits apply to fish taken in Queensland waters. A take and possession limit is the total number of fish a person may take or possess at any one time.

    Freshwater species size and possession limits*
    Species Legal size limit (cm) Take and possession limit
    Australian bass*
    Australian bass* 30 min 2
    Australian lungfish
    Australian lungfish - No take
    Barramundi*
    East Coast 58 min 120 max (one greater than 120 cm from some dams) 5 (one during closed season
    for some dams)
    Gulf of Carpentaria 58 min 120 max (one greater than 120 cm from some dams) 5 (one during closed season for some dams)
    Cherabins
    Cherabins No limit Combined limit of 10 in total of both species: Macrobrachium lar and M. rosenbergii
    Cod
    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 50 min 1
    Mary River cod - elsewhere in Queensland - No take
    Murray cod# (Queensland part of Murray-Darling Drainage Division) 60 min 110 max 2
    Eels
    Longfin 30 min Combined limit
    Pacific shortfin (south Pacific) 30 min of 10 in total
    Southern shortfin 30 min of all eel species
    Freshwater catfish
    Freshwater catfish (eel-tailed catfish) (Tandanus tandanus) 35 min Combined limit of 5 in total of fish in the genera Neosilurus, Tandanus and Neosiluroides (e.g. black, Cooper Creek, eel-tailed, false spine, shortfinned catfish and Hyrtl's tandan)
    Freshwater sawfish
    Freshwater sawfish - No take
    Garfish
    Garfish No limit 50
    Mangrove jack
    Mangrove jack 35 min 5
    Molluscs
    Molluscs (excluding oysters) No limit 50
    Perch and grunter
    Golden perch (yellowbelly) 30 min 10
    Jungle perch 35 max Combined limit of 1 in total of jungle perch and spotted flagtail
    Spotted flagtail (northern jungle perch) 35 max Combined limit of 1 in total of jungle perch and spotted flagtail
    Silver perch 30 min Combined limit of 5 in total for silver perch, Welch's grunter and Barcoo grunter. Silver perch in Paroo and Warrego River basins are catch and release only
    Barcoo grunter 30 min Combined limit of 5 in total for silver perch, Welch's grunter and Barcoo grunter
    Welch's grunter 30 min Combined limit of 5 in total for silver perch, Welch's grunter and Barcoo grunter
    Sooty grunter 28 min Combined limit of 10 in total for sooty grunter and khaki grunter
    Khaki grunter (Khaki bream) No limit Combined limit of 10 in total for sooty grunter and khaki grunter
    Rainbow fish
    Rainbow fish (Melanotaenia sp.) No limit 20 per species
    Redclaw (redclaw crayfish in its natural range)
    Gulf of Carpentaria Drainage Division and from the Jacky Jacky River basin south to the Normanby River basin on the east coast of Queensland No limit 40 (females carrying eggs or young must be returned to the water within their natural range)
    River blackfish
    River blackfish - No take
    Saratoga
    Northern 50 min Combined limit of 1 in total of northern and southern saratoga
    Southern 50 min Combined limit of 1 in total of northern and southern saratoga
    Sea mullet
    Sea mullet 30 min 20
    Spiny crayfish
    Spiny crayfish - No take
    Yabby or blueclaw crayfish
    Yabby or blueclaw crayfish (cherax destructor) No limit 100 (females carrying eggs or young must be returned to the water within their natural range)

    *A closed season applies to these species.

    #Murray cod cannot be taken from the Barwon, Macintyre or Dumaresq rivers from 1 September to 30 November. See Closed waters - freshwater areas for more information on closed waters in Queensland.

    The following freshwater species have a take and 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 blue eye Penny fish Poreless gudgeon
    Rendahl's catfish Roman nose goby Sailfin glassfish (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  

    No-take species




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