Trout season opening this weekend

This long weekend in NSW sees the state’s trout waterways in some of the best condition for years thanks to substantial winter rains – just in time for the opening of the trout season.

Minister for Primary Industries, Steve Whan, said the season opens on Saturday 2 October following the end of the annual spawning period.

“The four month annual closure allows trout to travel up rivers and streams to breed uninterrupted,” Minister Whan said.

“Many of our rivers and streams have also benefited from our fish stocking program with a total of 2.98 million rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout and Atlantic salmon released across NSW last season.”

Whan encouraged anglers to enjoy their fishing over the long weekend, however, warned anglers to obey rules and regulations.

“Our recreational fishing regulations and guidelines have been put in place to safeguard our fish stocks for present and future generations,” he said.

All anglers fishing in NSW this long weekend require a current NSW Recreational Fishing Fee receipt, which must be carried at all times.

NSW Recreational Fishing Fee receipts can be purchased from local Industry & Investment NSW offices, at fishing fee agents, by calling 1300 369 365 or online at

A summary of the rules and regulations is provided in the freshwater fishing guide available from local Industry & Investment NSW offices or fishing fee agents or by visiting the website

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