Anglers looking to catch a trout are reminded that the June long weekend is their last opportunity to fish in designated trout streams and rivers across NSW, as the fishing season closes in these waters over winter.
Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Senior Fisheries Manager Inland Cameron Westaway said the annual closure will start on Tuesday 10 June and re-open for the October long weekend on Saturday 4 October 2014.
“This closure allows brown and rainbow trout to breed uninterrupted during their annual spawning run while also allowing trout fishers to fish over the June and October long weekends,” Mr Westaway said.
“Anglers can continue fishing for trout during the annual closure without breaking the rules at any of the trout dams within NSW.
“Popular winter fishing spots include Lakes Jindabyne and Eucumbene near Jindabyne and Adaminaby, Oberon Dam near Oberon, Tantangara Reservoir near Kiandra, Talbingo Dam near Talbingo and Lake Wallace and Thompsons Creek Dam near Wallerawang and Lithgow.
“DPI, in conjunction with local acclimatisation societies, has been stocking trout dams and rivers in NSW for many years.
“During the 2013/14 season, around 2.7 million trout and salmon were stocked in NSW waterways.”
DPI Director of Fisheries Compliance Glenn Tritton said it is an offence to fish in trout rivers and streams during the closed season for any species of fish and any persons found fishing or in possession of fishing gear adjacent to trout rivers and streams can be issued with on-the-spot fines of $500.
“Fisheries officers will be patrolling the State’s waterways to ensure that fishers are adhering to the trout closure,” Mr Tritton said.
"Fishers heading to one of the trout dams this winter are reminded that they are required to have a current NSW recreational fishing fee receipt on them at all times while fishing.”
Illegal fishing activity or suspected illegal fishing activity can be reported to the Fishers Watch Phoneline on free call 1800 043 536. This is an automated 24/7 system and the relevant fisheries officers will receive the report within minutes of it being made.
Detailed information on the fishing rules can be found at www.fisheries.nsw.gov.au or in the NSW Freshwater Fishing Guide which is available from DPI fisheries offices and most bait and tackle stores.