Trout season opens over long weekend

THE trout season officially opens in all NSW trout rivers on Saturday 5 October.

Department of Primary Industries (DPI), Senior Fisheries Manager Inland, Cameron Westaway, said it is expected to be a busy long weekend for thousands of fishers across NSW.

“We are expecting a great opening weekend to the NSW trout season thanks to good conditions and the extensive DPI fish stocking program which will provide plenty of productive fishing opportunities for anglers who will be eager to hit their local waterways this long weekend,” Mr Westaway said.

“The opening marks the end of the annual spawning period which began on the June long weekend and allows trout to travel up rivers and streams to breed uninterrupted.

“All trout dams remained open to fishing all year round which provided the trout enthusiasts with some great fishing.

“Fishers are expected to flock to their favourite fishing spots in the Snowy Mountains and the southern, central and northern NSW tablelands.

“During the 2012/13 season, around 2.8 million trout and salmon were stocked in NSW waterways including 1.8 million rainbow trout, 633,150 brown trout, 156,185 Atlantic salmon and 114,875 brook trout.

“The October long weekend is also a great opportunity to throw a line in and spend some time in the great outdoors with family and friends.”

DPI Fisheries Compliance Director, Glenn Tritton, said fishers must hold a NSW fishing licence and they must carry it with them when fishing.

“Fisheries officers will be out across the State throughout the October long weekend ensuring fishers are following the rules to help safeguard our fish stocks for present and future generations,” Mr Tritton said.

“In addition to having a current recreational fishing licence, fishers must make sure they comply with a range of fish size, bag and possession limits.

“Only one fishing rod and line can be used in trout rivers and streams whilst two attended fishing rods and lines can be used in general trout dams. Some rivers are restricted to flies or lures only, so anglers should check the rules before fishing.”

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NSW Recreational Fishing Licenses can be purchased from local DPI offices, at fishing licence agents, by calling 1300 369 365 or online at

Information on the fishing rules can be found at


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