Cod closures coming up

News release | 28-Jul-2022

Fishers are reminded of upcoming closures

Murray cod

Fisheries Queensland is reminding anglers that closures for Murray cod come into effect next week from 1 August to 31 October.

Removing a cod from its nest during the breeding season can result in the loss of that year’s eggs, and future generations of these river giants. Any cod caught accidentally must be immediately returned to the water unharmed.

The only exception during the closure is in certain stocked impoundments: Beardmore, Connolly, Cooby, Coolmunda, Glenlyon, Leslie and Storm King dams.

Mary River cod

In addition, closed waters also apply from 1 August to 31 October to allow Mary River cod to breed.

Wild Mary River cod are a nationally listed endangered species and can only be taken in certain stocked dams or weirs outside of the Mary River catchment. A possession limit of one and a minimum size of 60 cm applies in these impoundments.

To protect Mary River cod during breeding, you must not possess or use a fishing line from 1 August to 31 October at:

  • Albert River (upstream from the junction of Canungra Creek and Albert River –includes Canungra Creek)
  • Christmas Creek
  • Coomera River (upstream from the junction of Guanaba Creek and Coomera River – includes Guanaba Creek)
  • Mary River and adjoining waterways (upstream of the junction with Six Mile Creek at the creek’s northern bank, other than waters up to the full supply level of Baroon Pocket Dam, Borumba Dam and Lake MacDonald)
  • Running Creek Stanley River (above Neurum Creek and Stanley River junction.
  • You must not possess or use a fishing line at any time of the year at Obi Obi Creek – 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).

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