SUNDAY December 1 marks the re-opening of the Murray cod season, following the annual three-month breeding closure.
"A three month ban on taking or attempting to take Murray cod is in place each year from September to November inclusive to protect this important native species during its breeding season,” said NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Inland Fisheries Manager, Cameron Westaway.
“Since the breeding closure was first introduced many years ago there have been significant increases in Murray cod numbers.
“Murray cod is a prized catch of freshwater anglers as they are one of Australia’s largest freshwater fish, growing up to 1.8 metres and weighing more than 100 kilograms.”
DPI Director Fisheries Compliance, Glenn Tritton said fisheries officers will continue to regularly patrol inland waterways including the upcoming holiday season to ensure fishers are complying with the rules when fishing for all species of fish including the iconic Murray cod.
“There is a daily bag limit of two Murray cod per person per day and a total possession limit of four when fishing in any inland waters,” Mr Tritton said.
“The minimum legal length of Murray cod is 60 cm, however, fishers may only retain one over 100 cm.
“It is important that freshwater fishers are fully aware of the fishing rules in relation to Murray cod before dropping a line.
“Fishers are encouraged to report illegal fishing by contacting your local fisheries office or by phoning the Fishers Watch Phoneline on 1800 043 536.”
Other rules relating to the Murray cod include:
Set lines can no longer be used in any inland waters and are totally prohibited. Two attended lines may be used in all inland waters except some trout and closed waters, but these lines must be within 50 m and in your line of sight. Live finfish including carp, birds and mammals cannot be used as bait.
More information can be found in the NSW Recreational Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guide, which is available from DPI offices and most places where NSW recreational fishing licences are sold.