Rules & Regulations

Rules & Regulations

QLD Size & Possession Limits - Click image below

Closed Seasons

Closed seasons (regulated waters) prevent people from fishing at certain times of the year to protect species at vulnerable times in their life cycle, such as during spawning seasons.

Fraser Island

Eastern foreshore waters and waters within 400 m out to sea from the eastern shore at low water, between 400 m north of Waddy Point and 400 m south of Indian Head. Closed from midday 1 August to midday 30 September every year. The closure applies to the taking of fin fish only. Fishers can collect worms and pipis by hand in this area during the closure.

Australian bass

A closed season applies to Australian bass throughout Queensland tidal waters from 1 June to 31 August.


Throughout the Queensland east coast, a closed season applies to barramundi from midday 1 November to midday 1 February.

Throughout the Gulf of Carpentaria and adjoining waterways west and south of the intersection of longitude 142°09'E with the shore at high tide, a closed season applies to barramundi.

The Gulf of Carpentaria closed season for barramundi for is midday 7 October to midday 1 February (but possession on boats allowed to midday 17 October).

It is also prohibited to deliberately target barramundi for catch and release during these closed seasons, as the stress of capture may prevent a fish from spawning.

Waters Closed to Netting (eg Cast Nets)

Hervey Bay: From the eastern tip of Point Vernon to the seaward end of the Scarness Jetty to the seaward end of the Urangan Pier to the seaward end of the rock wall of the Urangan Boat Harbour then west to the mainland shore.

Coral reef fin fish


















Coral reef fin fish closure dates for 2019 to 2023 are:

2019   25 to 29 October & 24 to 28 November

2020   14 to 18 October & 12 to 16 November

2021   3 to 7 October & 2 to 6 November

2022   22 to 26 October & 21 to 25 November

2023   12 to 16 October & 10 to 14 November




Tidal waters within the following boundary are closed waters for coral reef fin fish:

  • from the northern tip of Cape York along latitude 10°41' south
  • to longitude 145° east
  • to latitude 13° south, longitude 145° east
  • to latitude 15° south, longitude 146° east
  • to latitude 17°30' south, longitude 147° east
  • to latitude 21° south, longitude 152°55' east
  • to latitude 24°30' south, longitude 154° east
  • to latitude 24°50' south, longitude 154° east along latitude 24°50' south to the mainland shore along the shore to the northern tip of Cape York at latitude 10°41' south.

Spanner crabs

Throughout Queensland a closed season (regulated period) applies to spanner crabs from midnight 20 November to midnight 20 December inclusive.

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