Online map helps anglers access new fishing spots

THE NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has unveiled its Angler Access website, providing recreational fishers with thousands of locations across inland NSW where rivers, streams and lakes can be legally accessed for fishing.

DPI program leader Stocking & Fisheries Enhancement Operations, Jim Harnwell said DPI has worked tirelessly with stakeholders, including the NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers, over the past six months to fine tune the site and ensure it is user friendly and informative for the general recreational fishing community.

“The website provides recreational fishers an easy-to-use map showing more than 4,000 verified sites to fish for native species including Murray cod, golden perch and Australian bass, as well as other freshwater sportfish such as brown trout and rainbow trout,” Harnwell said.

“Finding a new spot to fish is now at the fingertips of any angler with a smartphone and network coverage.

“No need to worry about getting lost while searching for a new spot, as the Angler Access map gives you Google map directions to each fishing spot and the ability to download maps for when you are in an area with no mobile service.

“This online map service is a game changer for our recreational fishing sector and is yet another great example of fishers’ fishing fees at work.”

Harnwell said the Angler Access map makes it easy to discover fishing spots by allowing anglers to search by species, reserve type, recommended vehicle for access and even suitability for disabled access.

“Over coming months, even more sites will be added to the access map, providing recreational fishers with additional opportunities to explore new and exciting opportunities across our great State,” Harnwell said.

“Identifying these fishing spots and securing them for current and future generations is not only extremely beneficial for recreational fishers, but also for the regional businesses that rely on fishing tourism.

“Anglers are reminded when discovering a new fishing spot to always respect private property and obey the fishing rules.”

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