Murray cod season set to re-open

THE Murray cod fishing season in NSW re-opens on Thursday December 1, following the annual three-month breeding closure.

“Since the closure was first introduced more than a decade ago there have been numerous reports of significant increases in Murray cod numbers,” said NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) Inland Fisheries Manager, Cameron Westaway.

“Murray cod numbers have also been boosted through the NSW Government’s fish stocking program and the community’s Dollar for Dollar scheme, funded through the sale of recreational fishing fee receipts in NSW and community groups.”

NSW DPI Director Fisheries Compliance, Glenn Tritton said fisheries officers will continue to regularly patrol inland waterways to ensure fishers are complying with the rules when fishing for Murray cod and other species.

A daily bag limit of two Murray cod per person per day applies as does a total possession limit of four fish from either rivers or dams. The minimum legal length of Murray cod is 60 cm, with only one fish over 100cm allowed in possession. Set lines are prohibited in inland waters and anglers may use only two attended lines.

More information can be found in the NSW recreational fishing freshwater fishing guide, available from NSW DPI offices and wherever NSW recreational fishing licences are sold.

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