Ban on bass from June 1
ANGLERS have been warned that a three-month ban on taking bass and estuary perch from all rivers and estuaries in NSW will commence on June 1.
Fishers caught with the native fish during the spawning season face on-the-spot $500 fines.
Industry and Investment NSW Senior Inland Fisheries manager Cameron Westaway said the zero bag limit was introduced because of community feedback during the three-year review into recreational fishing rules.
“The zero bag limit is designed to protect these important recreational species while they spawn,” Mr Westaway said.
“Both Australian bass and estuary perch form schools and migrate to parts of estuaries with the correct salinity to trigger spawning.
“These great native sports fish are vulnerable to fishing when they are in large groups,” he said.
Mr Westaway said the three-month ban did not close any waters to fishing and would not affect anglers fishing for other estuary species such as bream or flathead.
“Any Australian bass or estuary perch caught must be immediately returned to the water with the least possible harm,” Mr Westaway said.
“Fisheries officers will be increasing their patrols of bass and estuary perch waters to advise anglers on fishing rules and to enforce size and bag limits for other species,” he said.
The zero bag limit does not apply to Australian bass and estuary perch caught in freshwater impoundments and dams, as they will not breed in these areas.