There is a definite limit to the number of fish which can be caught before we start to reduce fish breeding stocks and future catches. Bag and size limits are vital conservation measures to protect the future of wa s recreational fish stocks.
Bag and size limits can be found in our recreational fishing guide or accessed through the online recreational fishing rules website rules fish wa gov au.
Recreational fishing wa bag limits. A fisher who does not hold a recreational fishing from boat licence rfbl can fish with the use of a powered boat if at least one person on board the boat has an rfbl. Bag limit 5 boat limit 20 geographe bay bag limit 10 of which a maximum of 5 may be female boat limit 20 of which a maximum. In addition to bag limits there are also boat limits.
Consider tuning in to two upcoming public meetings to discuss season structure and proposed dates for the 2021 sport halibut season. In addition to the general fishing rules that can be found online and in our statewide recreational fishing guide please be aware of specifc rules in this bioregion covering restricted and closed areas such as those below. This species does not have a specific boat limit so bag limits apply when fishing from a boat.
A boat limit is the maximum number of fish of a species or group of species that may be on a boat or attached to a boat at any one time. The gascoyne coast bioregion runs from the zuytdorp cliffs north of kalbarri to the ashburton river south of onslow 27 s to 21 46 s. The state government contributes a similar amount.
By following the rules you will help maintain the fantastic fishing opportunities here in wa ensuring there are fish for the future for you and the generations to come. The revenue from recreational fishing licences is. Recreational fishing seasons and regulations in washington s waters for bottomfish and halibut including weekly updates.
Most of the key statewide fishing rules can be found online and in our recreational fishing guide which includes bag and size limits tables for the main species you are. You can search for recreational fishing rules on the rules website by species and location. On day trips in powered boats there must be two or more recreational fishing from boat licence rfbl holders on board to take a boat limit.
F r om 12 january 2019 applications for online recreational fishing licences and renewals are processed through the department of transport s dotdirect website this won t result in any changes to licence fees and we will still be issuing you with your licences. Western australia boasts a wide range of fantastic recreational fishing opportunities. With increasing fishing pressure and environmental changes we need to manage our natural resources carefully to ensure there are fish for the future.
Recreational fishing in western australia. It is one of the state s most popular pastimes with an estimated third of the population fishing recreationally. The improved system is easy to use with new features making buying or renewing your licence simple.