You must purcase a recreational fishing licence from the Department of Fisheries.You can obtain an application form from any Department of Fisheries Office or online.
Licences and fees: for Rock Lobster $32.00, Abalone $38.00, Marron $22.00, Freshwater Angling $22.00, Net fishing (gill, haul, throw) $27.00 or all of the above for $75.00 . All pricing is in Australian Dollars.
Persons under the age of 16 years and some categories of people can obtain a recreational fishing licence for only one half of the fee. An Aboriginal person is not required to hold a recreational fishing licence to the extent that the person takes fish from any waters in accordance with continuing Aboriginal tradition if the fish are taken for the purposes of the person or his or her family and not for a commercial purpose. Recreational licences are not required for prawning, crabbing or saltwater angling, however gear restrictions, bag limits, size limits and seasons may still apply.
Bag and Size Limits for freshwater angling:
For Rainbow and Brown Trout the daily combined limit of 4 bags and the minimum legal size limit is 30 cm. At Logue Brook Dam and Waroona Dam the daily bag limit for trout is two per angler, only artificial lures to be used and no line fishing is permitted during the closed trout season (May 1 - August 31).
For the Freshwater Cobbler the daily bag limit of 40 per fisher. For Redfin Perch there is no size limit or daily bag limit. If caught, Redfin Perch should not be returned to the water.
Open and closed seasons apply to trout only, generally starting on 1 September and ending on the 30 of April. A closed season for spawning applies to all streams and tributaries of major rivers, and some major waters where trout breed. However, some waters are open all year round like Serpentine River, Murray River, Blackwood River, Donnelly River and Warren River.
For more info visit Department of Fisheries WA.
You're required to pay the Recreational Fishing Fee and have receipt for payment in your possession, when you're fishing in NSW waters, both freshwater and saltwater. This also applies for hand gathering, spear fishing, hand lining, trapping and bait collection and prawn netting or when in possession of fishing gear when you are adjacent to waters.
The fee is $6 for 3 days , $12 for one month, $30 a year or $75 for three years. A 50% concession applies to people who only fish in the tidal waters of the Tweed River and the adjacent beach areas. If you have a valid freshwater licence, you can use it to fish in all waters, including saltwater. If you're planning to fish from a charter boat or go with a fishing guide, and the operator has paid the annual fee, you may not need to pay your own fishing fee receipt.
Freshwater Bag and Size Limits, closed seasons:
For more info visit Fishing and aquaculture, NSW Department of Primary Industries.
Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries
Northern Territory Government
Tasmania Department of Primary Industries
Victoria Department of Primary Industries
South Australia Fisheries
Note: page last updated: December 15, 2006