Recreational fishing rules for Queensland - A brief guide
Fisheries Queensland and Maritime Safety Queensland have joined together to create a single boating and fishing guide. Download the Queensland Recreational Boating and Fishing Guide 2012-2013, or the recreational bag and size limits below.
- Recreational fishing size and bag limits for tidal waters in Queensland - August 2012 (PDF, 92 kB)
- Recreational fishing size and bag limits for fresh waters in Queensland - August 2012 (PDF, 148 kB)
- Order single copies from the Customer Service Centre.
- Bulk orders are currently unavailable, however will be back online in the coming weeks. Please check back for updates.
The zoning plan for Moreton Bay Marine Park is available from the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing.
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 (updated July 2012)
- Size, take and possession limits
- Protected and no-take species
- Fishing gear - tidal waters
- Spearfishing, spear guns and underwater breathing apparatus
- Collecting bait - see 'Closed waters'
- Skin and fillet removal
- Closed seasons
- Closed waters
- Grey nurse shark protection areas
- Noxious fish
- Marine plants
- Tagged fish
- Sale of fish and other prohibitions
- Crabs and lobsters
Freshwater & stocked impoundments/dams (updated July 2012)
For more information about fisheries regulations and other fisheries issues, contact:
Relevant legislation, regulations and management plans may be accessed from:
- Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel (Fisheries Act, regulations and management plans)
- Australian Fisheries Management Authority (Commonwealth legislation)
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
- Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing (Queensland marine parks)
- Freshwater Fishes of the Greater Brisbane Region (Queensland Museum)
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.