The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is reminding recreational fishers that the annual Murray cod and Murray crayfish season for NSW waters closed on Friday, September 1.
DPI’s Inland Recreational Fisheries senior manager Cameron Westaway said the three-month fishing closure for Murray cod aimed to protect the native species during its breeding season.
‘‘The native Murray cod is a prized catch for freshwater anglers, as they can grow up to 1.8m and weigh up to 100kg,’’ Mr Westaway said.
‘‘From 1 September until 1 December, 2017, fishing for Murray cod in NSW waters is prohibited.’’
Anglers are also reminded the trout cod, found in parts of the Murray-Murrumbidgee rivers, are totally protected year-round.
‘‘The trout cod protection area on the Murray River, between Yarrawonga Weir and Tocumwal Road Bridge, is closed to all forms of fishing during the Murray cod closed season from September to December,’’ Mr Westaway said.
‘‘The Murray crayfish fishery is also closed all year as they are a vulnerable species and can only be legally taken in specified waters of the Murray and Murrumbidgee rivers from June 1 to August 31.’’
Anyone who is unsure of the rules and regulations should contact their local Fisheries Office before they go fishing.
People can report suspected illegal fishing to the Fishers Watch phone line on 1800043536.