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Recreational Fishing Guidelines for Queensland, Australia

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Total fishing prohibitions exist in the following areas:
(For precise boundaries consult the Regulation or contact Qld Boating & Fisheries Patrol. For Marine Park Boundaries contact the National Parks & Wildlife Services (EPA) or Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority), (GBRMPA).

  • Certain areas within marine parks
  • Coombabah Lake and tidal of Coombabah Creek upstream from the lake
  • Swan Bay and tidal waters of the un-named creek joining the Bay's northern end
  • Mary River from 400m upstream to 400m downstream of the Mary River Barrage
  • Tinana creek from 400m upstream to 400m downstream of the Tinana Creek Barrage
  • Eastern foreshore waters of Frazer island and waters within 400m out to sea from eastern shore at low water, between 400m north of Waddy Point and 400m South of Indian Head. Closed from midday 1 September to midday 30 September every year.
  • Burnett River from 400m upstream to 400m downstream of the Burnett River Barrage
  • Kolan River from 400m upstream to 400m downstream of the Kolan Barrage
  • Fitzroy River from 400m upstream to 400m downstream of the Fitzroy Barrage
  • Keppel Bay within a 150m radius of the Middle Island Underwater Observatory
  • Waters within a 100m radius of the Hook Island Observatory
  • Waters under or within 100m of Yanks Jetty at Orpheus Island
  • Saltwater Creek, Lily Creek and lakes joining the creeks, between Greenslopes Street and Collins Avenue, Cairns
  • Barron River, at the place commonly known as Barron waters, between F T signs on opposite sides of the River near its junction with Stony Creek and its junction with Camp Over Creek.
  • Mission Bay south of a line between Cape Grafton and False Cape and waters flowing into that part of the bay
  • South Mitchell River and waters joining it, between F B signs near opposite banks of the river and F B signs where it joins Surprise Creek
  • German Bar Lagoon, of the Bizant River from the road crossing commonly known as German Bar downstream for 2 km

Waters in Torres Strait within the following boundary:-

  • From Turtle Head, Hammond Island, to Hammond Rock
  • to 1 n mile east of Menmuir Point, Hammond Island
  • to the northern tip of Kapuda Island
  • to Bruce Point, Hammond Island
  • along the eastern shore of Hammond Island to Turtle Head



  • Platypus Bay, Frazer Island, and waterways joining the Bay east of a line between F B signs at Rooney Point and Coongul Point, Frazer Island. This applies only to narrow-barred Spanish Mackerel, Slender Barracuda and fish with the scientific name Agrioposphyaena barracuda.
  • Eurimbula Creek and water ways joining it. This applies only to Mud Crabs
  • Waters south of latitude 20 south or waters west of longitude 143 east. This applies only to beche-de-mer
  • The foreshore waters of Fitzroy Island and High Island and waters within 400m out to sea from the shore of each island at low water. This applies only to fish other than fin fish
  • Darnley Island foreshore waters west of longitude 143 46'4" east. This applies only to Pearl Oysters

Spear guns and spears must not be used to take fish while using or wearing underwater breathing apparatus other than a snorkel. Spear fishing is prohibited in all fresh waters. Spear fishing is prohibited in the following tidal areas (for precise boundaries consult the Regulation):

  • Tallebudgera Creek upstream of a straight line between the eastern extremity of Burleigh Heads and the seaward extremity of the rock groyne on the southern bank of the creek mouth
  • Jumpinpin and the Southern Broadwater including the seaway
  • Vicinity of the artificial reef off Moreton Island near Cowan Cowan
  • Pumicestone Strait, south of Elimbah Creek
  • Pumicestone Strait, north of Bell's Creek
  • Mooloolah River downstream of the Nicklin Way Bridge
  • Maroochy River downstream of and including The Cod Hole
  • Within 100m of all public jetties in and south of the Noosa River
  • Noosa River downstream of Parkyn's Jetty at Tewantin
  • Vicinity of the artificial reef off Woodgate, north Hervey Bay
  • Vicinity of the artificial of the reef near Woody Island, northern end of Great Sandy Strait
  • "The Basin" at Bargara Beach
  • The north western, western and southern sides of Great Keppel Island
  • The western and southern sides of North Keppel Island
  • Waters between Brampton and Carlisle Islands
  • Seaforth Island
  • The western and southern sides of Lindeman Island
  • The western side of Long Island
  • The northern side of South Molle Island
  • Daydream Island
  • The eastern, south eastern and southern sides of Hook Island
  • The southern and western sides of Hayman Island
  • Waters under, or within 100m of:
    a) the main wharf at Port Dennison, Bowen and
    b) a structure attached to the wharf
  • The foreshores and waters seaward 50m from low water mark from the boat ramp in Grey's Bay around Cape Edgecumbe to the eastern headland of Horseshoe Bay
  • Within 100m of the public jetties of Dungeness and Lucinda Point
  • The north western and northern side of Bedarra Island
  • The north western and western sides of Dunk Island
  • Within 100m of the main wharf and pontoons at Cooktown

The following activities are illegal throughout Queensland:

  • Jagging or foul hooking fish
  • Using explosives, poisons or electrical devices to take fish. (Divers may use a power-head on a spear gun for protection against sharks)
  • Interfering with authorised aquaculture activities
  • Removing Oysters from any ground. However a person may consume Oysters on the spot in any public Oyster reserve or on unlicensed Oyster grounds
  • Obstructing lawful netting operations, damaging or interfering with fishing apparatus, or removing fish from apparatus without lawful authority
  • Possession or carriage of prohibited apparatus in closed waters unless the apparatus is dismantled, stowed and secured
  • Collection of coral without lawful authority
  • Interfering with marine life in a Fish Habitat Area. (Note: line fishing is allowed in certain areas of marine park, and there is no specific prohibition on fishing in a Fish Habitat Area. Digging of Yabbies with a hand pump or worms taken by hand capture is also allowed in Fish Habitat Area)
  • Removing, damaging or interfering with markers of signs erect under authority of fisheries legislation

A number of research programs involving the tagging of fish are conducted. There is no prohibition on taking tagged unregulated fish. Should you catch a fish with the tag attached, please phone 1800 077 001 TOLLFREE or return the tag and following information to:

The Tagging Co-ordinator
  • Tag number
  • Date and place of capture
  • Fork and/or total length
  • Whether the fish was kept or released
  • If the fish has two tags, please record both tag details
Mr. Bill Sawynok
42 Venables Street
Rockhampton Q 4701


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