Bass off limits for 3 months

ANGLERS have been reminded Australian bass is now mostly off limits throughout the state.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Rob McDonald said the closure, which came into effect yesterday, would be in place until August 31 and was essential to protect Australian bass during their breeding cycle.

"The annual closure period is vital to protecting Australian bass during vulnerable times," he said.

"The closed season allows stocks to replenish to ensure there are healthy fish stores for current and future generations of Queensland anglers."

Mr McDonald said exceptions to the closed season applied in - and from waterways upstream of - Baroon Pocket Dam, Borumba Dam, Somerset Dam, Lake MacDonald and Wivenhoe Dam.

"Anglers are reminded that size and possession limits still apply to Aussie bass taken from these waterways," Mr McDonald said.

"The minimum size is 30cm and the possession limit is two.

"QBFP officers conduct regular patrols during closed seasons and those found doing the wrong thing are risking an on-the-spot fine of $440 and a maximum penalty of $110,000."

Visit fisheries.qld.gov.au for details.



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