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Freshwater fishers
Wednesday 16 October 2019

Fish licence-free on Gone Fishing Day - Sunday 20 Oct

Keen West Aussies can give fishing a go without having to buy a recreational fishing licence on national Gone Fishing Day, this Sunday 20 October.

Licences are normally required in Western Australia if you are fishing from a powered boat, fishing for rock lobster, abalone or marron, freshwater fishing, or net fishing.

On Sunday 20 October you won’t require a licence to fish, however you must comply with all other fishing rules such as size and possession limits, seasonal closures and closed areas.

You can check the rules on our online rules website or in our recreational fishing guides.

Don’t forget that the annual closure for demersal finfish (including pink snapper, dhufish and baldchin groper) in the West Coast Bioregion started on 15 October and continues to 15 December (inclusive). 

You can view a list of the demersal species subject to the closure on our website.

There is also currently a seasonal closure in place for blue swimmers crabs between the Swan River and Minninup Beach, 15km south of Bunbury. 

Details of the current seasonal closures in the West Coast Bioregion are on our website.

Fishing for demersal finfish in the West Coast Bioregion resumes on 16 December.

Last modified: 22/11/2019 10:07 AM

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