Closed waters - freshwater areas

This page provides information on closed waters in freshwater areas. For information on tidal closures, see Closed waters - tidal waters.

Why do we have closed waters?

Closed waters (regulated waters) prevent people from fishing in certain areas and these may be:

  • where a population of endangered or threatened species live
  • where fish congregate during or before spawning
  • where fish may mass or be stranded near artificial barriers and be susceptible to overfishing
  • to separate incompatible uses, for example spearfishing in a bathing area
  • to enable successful migration of fish through fishways.

Closed waters in freshwater areas

Taking or possessing freshwater fish from closed waters is prohibited.

Murray cod cannot be taken from the waters of the Murray Darling drainage division from 1 September to 30 November.

No fish can be taken from Obi Obi Creek all year round between the Baroon Pocket Dam wall and the shortest line across the creek at the downstream side of Obi Obi Creek crossing 4 (Manuel Hornibrook Bridge). The use and possession of any fishing equipment in this section of Obi Obi Creek is not permitted.

Waters closed to all forms of fishing

Fishing, which includes collecting, is not allowed in the following areas:

Albert River: from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Luscombe Weir.

Balonne River: from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Surat Weir; 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of the Beardmore Dam wall; and 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Jack Taylor Weir.

Barwon River: from Mungindi Weir to 100 m downstream of Mungindi Weir.

Boyne River (Auburn River basin): from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of the Boondooma Dam wall.

Boyne River (Boyne River basin): from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of the Awoonga Dam wall.

Brisbane River: from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Old Mt Crosby Weir; from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Mt Crosby Weir; from 100 m upstream to 600 m downstream of the Wivenhoe Dam wall.

Burdekin River: from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Clare Weir.

Burnett Creek: from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of the Maroon Dam wall.

Burnett River: from 400 m upstream to 400 m downstream of the Burnett River Barrage; from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of the Kirar Weir; from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Ned Churchward (Walla) Weir; from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Claude Wharton Weir; and from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of the Paradise Dam wall.

Condamine River: from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Chinchilla Weir; from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Loudon Weir; from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Lemon Tree Weir; from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Yarramalong Weir; from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Cecil Plains Weir; and from 27º02.24' south, 149º57.12' east (approximately 14 km upstream from the weir) to 200 m downstream of Reilly's Weir.

Dawson River: from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of the Glebe Weir; from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Gyranda Weir; from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Orange Creek Weir; from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Theodore Weir; from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Moura Weir; from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Neville Hewitt Weir.

Dogwood Creek: from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Gil Weir (formerly Miles Weir).

Dumaresq River: from Bonshaw Weir to 100 m downstream of Bonshaw Weir.

Fitzroy River: from 400 m upstream to 400 m downstream of the Fitzroy River Barrage; from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Eden Bann Weir; from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Wattlebank Control Weir.

Kolan River: from 400 m upstream to 400 m downstream of Kolan Barrage.

Logan River: from 100m upstream to 200 m downstream of South Maclean Weir; and 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Cedar Grove Weir..

Macintyre Brook: 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of the Coolmunda Dam spillway wall; 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Whetstone Weir; and 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Bendor Weir.

Macintyre River: from 150 m upstream to 150 m downstream of Goondiwindi Weir.

Mary River: from 400 m upstream to 400 m downstream of Mary River Barrage.

Nerang River: from 100 m upstream to 600 m downstream of the Hinze Dam wall.

Nogo River: from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of the Wuruma Dam wall.

Nogoa River: from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of the Fairbairn Dam wall.

North Pine River: from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of the North Pine Dam wall.

Pike Creek: from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of the Glenlyon Dam wall.

Pioneer River: from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Marian Weir; 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Mirani Weir; and 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Dumbleton Weir.

Quart Pot Creek: from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of the Storm King Dam wall.

Reynolds Creek: from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of the Moogerah Dam wall.

Sandy Creek: from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of the Leslie Dam wall.

Severn River: the part of the Severn River commonly known as Queen Mine waterhole, about 6 km west of Ballandean.

Sideling Creek: from 100 metres upstream to 200 metres downstream of the Sideling Creek dam (Lake Kurwongbah)

Six Mile Creek: from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of the Lake Macdonald dam wall.

Stuart River: from 750 m upstream to 200 m downstream of the Gordonbrook Dam wall.

Teviot Brook: from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Wyaralong Dam wall.

Three Moon Creek: from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Cania Dam wall.

Thomson River: from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream of Fairmount Weir.

Tinana Creek: from 400 m upstream to 400 m downstream of Tinana Creek Barrage.

Yabba Creek: from 100 m upstream to 200 m downstream from Borumba Dam wall.

Waters closed to taking fish

In Queensland there are a number of areas closed to taking some fish or all fish, or the use of certain fishing apparatus. For more information refer to the Fisheries Regulation 2008 or management plans.

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Last updated 02 February 2015