MURRAY cod season opened on Friday 1 December 2023, following the annual three-month breeding closure.
NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) deputy director general Fisheries Sean Sloan said, Murray cod are Australia’s largest freshwater fish and an icon of our inland waterways, so there is no doubt that many anglers will be excited about the new fishing season opening.
“Now that the Murray cod have completed their breeding over the three-month fishing closure, we’re expecting plenty of anglers to enjoy spending some time fishing for this iconic native species,” Sloan said.
“Record numbers of Murray cod produced and stocked during the 2022/23 season has helped bolster populations in NSW lakes and rivers after years of drought, bushfires and floods.
“More than 1.28 million Murray Cod were stocked into waterways across inland NSW during the 2022/23 stocking season.
“This amazing achievement by our flagship Narrandera native fish hatchery is only the beginning, with solidnumbers of juvenile Murray Cod currently in the hatchery pointing to a bumper year of production and stocking set to commence for the new season from 30 November.”
With the Murray cod season commencing, and a big summer of fishing expected, NSW DPI fisheries officers will be out on the water to ensure that recreational fishers adhere to the bag and size limits along with all other fishing rules that apply.
“Fisheries Officers patrolling during the annual three-month closure have said that anglers have respected the closure during this period,” Sloan said.
“Now that the season is underway again for another year, we ask all fishers to continue doing the right thing to ensure we protect, conserve and improve our fisheries resources for future generations.
“A daily bag limit of two Murray cod per person and a total possession limit of four applies when fishing in any inland waters.
“Fishers are required to release Murray Cod which are smaller than 55cm, or bigger than 75cm, with the least possible harm.
“I encourage the public to report suspected illegal fishing to the Fishers Watch Phoneline on 1800 043 536 or via the online form located on NSW DPI Fisheries website here – https://bit.ly/38lU4OB.”