Fines for freshwater fishing without a permit: Fisheries blitz continues

News release | 21-Dec-2020

A Fisheries Queensland blitz on illegal fishing in stocked freshwater impoundments has netted fines of almost $10,000 and will continue over summer.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Manager Far North Queensland Tony Loader said 97 Fisheries Infringement Notices with fines totalling $9,717 have been issued since the blitz began in September.

“Fisheries officers have been on patrol at stocked impoundments across Queensland and the majority of infringements issued so far have been for fishing the dams and weirs without a permit,” Mr Loader said.

“All fishers over 18 years must hold a permit to line fish, including catch and release fishing in Queensland’s 63 stocked dams and weirs, and they must produce it when requested by fisheries officers.

“An annual permit costs $50 per person, an annual concession permit is $36 and a weekly permit is $10. It’s quick and simple to purchase permits online at, at any Australia Post outlet or sub-agent in Queensland.”

Mr Loader said freshwater fishers can expect to see fisheries officers on patrol at any stocked impoundment, at any time in the coming months.

“It’s important that everyone does the right thing to ensure Queensland continues to have world-leading, sustainable freshwater fisheries,” he said.

“The message is, if you don’t buy a stocked impoundment permit (SIP), you will be caught and pay the price of a $266 fine.”

Stocked impoundments are ‘put, grow and take’ fisheries, with nearly all of the funds raised from permits going back to local fish stocking groups to re-stock the impoundment.

The Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme has been supporting the stocking of Queensland’s impoundments to enhance fishing and maintain fish stocks for future generations since 2000.

In 2018/19, more than 44,000 permits were sold to recreational fishers to fish in Queensland’s stocked impoundments, generating more than $1 million to re-invest in fish stocking.

More than two million fingerlings, including iconic species like barramundi, Australian bass, golden perch and Murray cod are expected to be stocked in 2020/21 to provide access to some of the best freshwater fishing around.

Visit to find the nearest stocked waterway and buy a permit. For more information call 13 25 23.

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