Trout season closes after June Long Weekend
The annual trout season in NSW will close in streams and rivers at midnight on Monday, June 8 to allow brown, rainbow and brook trout a chance to breed on their annual spawning run, NSW Primary Industries Minister, Ian Macdonald, said today.
"Designated trout streams will be closed to recreational fishing after the June long weekend and will reopen on the October long weekend on Saturday, October 3, enabling trout fishers to fish during both long weekends,” Minister Macdonald said.
"All trout dams remain open to fishing, which will allow fishers to continue their sport throughout the year.”
Minister Macdonald said NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in conjunction with the acclimatisation societies have been stocking trout dams and rivers for many years.
"During the previous 12 months, about three million trout have been stocked into our waterways,” Mr Macdonald said.
"The recreational fishing industry is a major part of many local economies and in the Snowy Mountains region alone, it is estimated to inject $70 million a year into the local economy and support 700 jobs.
"Other renowned trout fishing centres include the New England region and the Central and Southern Highlands.
"Keen anglers will continue to flock to popular winter fishing spots such as Lakes Jindabyne and Eucumbene, Oberon Dam near Bathurst, Tantangara and Talbingo Dams near Tumut and Lake Wallace and Thompson’s Creek Dam near Lithgow.”
NSW DPI Supervising Fisheries Officer at Albury, Peter Tilbrook, said any rain in the mountain areas would assist with the natural breeding of trout and warned that Murray crayfish cannot be taken from trout waters at any time.
“People found fishing in notified trout waters during the closed season can be issued with on the spot penalties of $500,” Mr Tilbrook said.
“Detailed information on trout fishing rules can be found in the NSW DPI Freshwater Fishing Guide, NSW DPI fisheries offices, the website
www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/recreational/regulations and most bait and tackle stores.
"NSW DPI fisheries officers will be out in force during the June long weekend to advise anglers on the fishing laws, enforce size and bag limits and ensure NSW fishing rules were being obeyed.”
All anglers should check they have a current NSW Recreational Fishing Licence, available from more than 1000 agents including bait and tackle stores, online at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au or on 1300 369 365.