NSW cod and cray fishing closures


NSW DPI is reminding anglers that fishing for Murray cod and Murray crayfish has closed.

The annual closure – from September 1 until December 1 – aims to protect the fish during their breeding season, while the Murray crayfish closure is implemented to protect this vulnerable species.

Anglers can still target these iconic native sportfish in Blowering Dam and Copeton Dam during the closed season as DPI research indicates there is minimal natural recruitment in these impoundments.

Anglers are reminded that bag (two per day) and slot size limits (55cm and 75cm) still apply in Blowering and Copeton.

The Murray crayfish season will be closed until June 2021. DPI says its strict size, geographic and seasonal rules protect this species, which has suffered historic declines throughout the Murray-Darling Basin and is listed as a vulnerable species.

During the closure, all Murray crayfish accidentally caught must be returned to the water immediately.

More information on freshwater fishing rules can be found at

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