Australian bass and estuary perch season opens

The bass fishing season opens on September 1 in both NSW and Queensland.

THE three-month fishing closure for Australian bass and estuary perch in NSW will draw to a close on Friday, allowing anglers to get back to targeting some of Australia’s great native sportsfish from September 1. The fishing season for bass also opens in Queensland.

New South  Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Senior Recreational Fisheries Manager, Cameron Westaway, said the annual zero bag limit for Australian Bass and Estuary Perch aims to protect these species during spawning.

“Over late autumn and early winter, Australian Bass and Estuary Perch form schools and migrate to parts of estuaries with the correct salinity, to trigger spawning,” Mr Westaway said.

“When they are in these large groups they can be vulnerable to fishing, so a zero bag limit applies to these fish from 1 June to 1 September each year.”

Mr Westaway said the spawning period for Australian Bass and estuary perch is finished at the end of winter, with most returning to their spring and summer feeding ground higher up in the catchment.

“From 1 September, anglers can once again take these native species, however they are reminded that strict bag limits do apply,” Mr Westaway said.

“The total bag limit of two Australian Bass or Estuary Perch per person or a combination of both with a possession limit of four will be in place.

“Only one fish is permitted to be over 35 centimetres in length when fishing in rivers.”

Recreational fishers who are unsure of the fisheries rules should check before they go fishing.  

Information on freshwater fishing rules can be found in the NSW Recreational Freshwater Fishing Guide from DPI Fisheries offices, at fishing licence agents and bait and tackle shops, and online at

Fishing laws are designed to protect, conserve and improve our fisheries resources for our future generations.

People can report suspected illegal fishing to the Fishers Watch Phoneline on 1800 043 536.

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