Vic cray season just around the corner

THIS year’s three-month freshwater cray fishing season will begin Thursday, 1 June, with recreational fishers north of the Great Dividing Range already setting their sights on catching the Murray spiny crayfish.

Victorian Fisheries Authority CEO Travis Dowling said catching Murray crays is a fun pastime for the entire family and a great way to get youngsters off technology and breathing in some crisp winter air in the great outdoors.

The Goulburn is one of Victoria’s most popular catchments for locals and visitors to fish for Murray crays. This region includes the river above Lake Eildon, in the lake itself, and downstream through Seymour and Nagambie to Shepparton.

The Ovens and Kiewa rivers are also fruitful waters, along with Waranga Basin.

To stay up to date with size and bag limits for Murray crays, and permitted equipment, grab a free Recreational Fishing Guide from your local tackle shop or get online at

There is a statewide possession limit for Murray spiny freshwater crayfish of four crayfish per person. This is the maximum number that a person can possess at any one time anywhere in Victoria, including your home.

Alternatively, download the free Vic Fishing app on your smartphone to access the most up-to-date information.

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