THE Murray Cod and Murray Crayfish season closed on Friday, September 1.
Department of Primary Industries (DPI) senior inland recreational fisheries manager Cameron Westaway said the three-month fishing closure for Murray Cod protected the native species during its breeding season.
‘‘The native Murray Cod is a prized catch for freshwater anglers, as they can grow up to 1.8m and weigh up to 100kg,’’ Mr Westaway said.
‘‘From September 1 until December 1 2017, fishing for Murray Cod in NSW waters is prohibited.
‘‘However, fishers can continue to take Murray Cod within the legal size limit of 55cm to 75cm from Copeton Dam during the closure, as the fishery is maintained by stocking and research shows very low natural recruitment within the dam.’’
Anglers are also reminded the Trout Cod, found in parts of the Murray-Murrumbidgee Rivers, are protected all year round.
‘‘The Trout Cod protection area on the Murray River, between Yarrawonga Weir and Tocumwal Road Bridge, is closed to all forms of fishing during the Murray Cod closed season from September to December,” Mr Westaway said.
“The Murray Crayfish fishery is also closed all year as they are a vulnerable species and can only be legally taken in specified waters of the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers from June 1 to August 31.’’
Information on freshwater fishing rules can be found online at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/recreational/freshwater
People can report suspected illegal fishing to the Fishers Watch Phoneline on 1800043536.