Try your luck fishing for mulloway, tailor or black bream - visit the Department of Primary Industiries and Regional Development (Fisheries) website for information including bag and size limits, Recfishwest or the Australian Anglers Association Club.
Fishing to keep our rivers healthy:
1. Fish need healthy foreshore vegetation to breed. Find a spot where you don’t have to trample vegetation to get there, or fish from jetties or platforms.
2. Take your rubbish home with you and fish responsibly - dolphins, particularly calves, can get tangled in fishing line. Dispose of unwanted fishing line in a rubbish bin or specially designed fishing line bins. Locations of fishing line bins.
3. Launch boats, tenders or dinghies from designated sites and keep your speed down. Boatwash can damage and erode the shoreline.
4. Report activities which may be harmful to the rivers and foreshores by calling Parks and Wildlife on (08) 9219 9000 or after hours 0419 192 845. Report illegal fishing activities to FishWatch on 1800 815 507.
5. When fishing from the foreshore, make sure you are on public land. There are harsh penalties for trespassing which are not worth any type or size of fish.
6. Check where you can and can’t dig for bait worms. You can receive an on-the-spot fine if you are in a protected area. Never remove reeds or riverbank material.
7. Fish for the future by knowing the fishing regulations, including bag and size limits.
8. Remember to throw any unwanted or undersized fish back in the water. Even blowfish are part of the river ecosystem and can poison dogs if eaten.
9. Four-wheel drives can chew up foreshore vegetation. Leave your vehicle on the road and protect habitat for fish and other wildlife.
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