Fish responsibly to avoid fines this Easter

April 16, 2014

As fishers across the State prepare for one of the busiest periods on the water this year, they are being reminded to ensure they have a licence, are aware of the current bag and size limits and fish safely.

Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Acting Director Fisheries Compliance, Tony Andrews, said fisheries officers will be patrolling popular coastal and inland fishing areas.

“Easter is one of the most popular times of the year to drop a line but I would like to remind everyone who is fishing, just because you’re on holidays – it doesn’t mean our fisheries officers are,” Mr Andrews said.

“Anyone found without a current NSW recreational fishing licence faces a $200 on the spot fine. Additionally, a penalty of $75 can apply if you do not have the licence in your immediate possession.

NSW recreational fishing licences are available at more than 1000 outlets including bait and tackle shops, online at or by calling 1300 369 365.

Licence fees are:

  • Three days – $7;
  • One month – $14; one year – $35;
  • Three years – $85

Details of bag and size limits can be seen in the 2013 NSW Recreational Fishing Guides, which are available on the DPI website www.fisheries.