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Recreational fishing rules and regulations for Queensland

The 2017-18 edition of the Queensland Recreational Boating and Fishing Guide is now available. Single copies of the guide can be ordered from the department's Customer Service Centre. Bulk orders of the guide can be ordered direct from the publisher by calling 07 3891 7793 or online at www.transtasmanmediagroup.com (P&H fees apply). A digital copy of the guide is also available for download.

The 'Qld Fishing' smartphone app which features fishing rules in Queensland, including size and possession limits, is also available for download from Google play and the Apple App Store.

Anglers do not require a licence to fish recreationally in Queensland, except if fishing in some stocked impoundments. The content below provides detailed information on anglers' responsibilities when fishing in fresh waters and tidal waters. Fishing rules apply to all ages but children should be of an age where they can be responsible for the use of their own fishing gear.

Tidal waters

Freshwater & stocked impoundments/dams

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Fisheries Queensland advises that the summarised information on this website should not be relied on as a complete or accurate representation of the legislative requirements. Users may access copies of the Fisheries Act 1994, regulations and management plans and should seek their own legal advice. Fisheries Queensland disclaims all liability for all claims, loss, damages, cost or expense of whatever nature, howsoever occurring as a result of reliance upon the information contained on this website.