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  • Trout season opens this weekend
  • September 27, 2016

NSW fishers are in for a great long weekend on the water, with the official opening of the

State’s trout season set for Saturday, 1 October.

Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Senior Fisheries Manager Inland Cameron

Westaway said fishing restrictions during the spawning period had allowed the species to

travel up rivers and streams to breed and replenish numbers.

“Following excellent seasonal rains, creeks and rivers are flowing well and many dams

are now at full storage capacity. The spring weather and well-stocked waterways will no

doubt see fishers flocking to their favourite fishing spots,” he said.


“Many keen anglers are expected to head to popular fishing destinations, such as the

Thredbo and Eucumbene rivers in the Snowy Mountains, Fish River near Bathurst,

Goobarragandra and Goodradigbee Rivers near Tumut and Yass, as well as many other

streams in the Central and New England areas.”


Mr Westaway said wild trout numbers would also be boosted by a series of planned

releases during the 2016-17 fish stocking season, with approximately 2.9 million trout

and salmon to be released across the state.


“By the end of the October long weekend, more than 1,000,000 juvenile rainbow trout

and 42,000 juvenile brown trout will have been released into the rivers and streams

across the Central and New England region,” he said.

“These releases are conducted by DPI in conjunction with the Central and New England

Trout Acclimatisation Societies, and fish stocking will continue over the coming months in

the Southern Highlands and Monaro regions and in the various trout dams.”

Stocking locations include the Apsley, Barnard, Barrington, Bielsdown, Cobrabald,

Deepwater, Gloucester, Gwydir, MacDonald, Manning, McIntyre, Nowendoc, Nymboida,

Tia and Wollomombi Rivers in northern NSW, and the Belubula, Campbells, Coxs,

Crudine, Duckmaloi, Fish, Isabella, and Turon Rivers in central NSW.

The open season for recreational fishing in trout streams closes on Monday, 12 June

2017, following the June long weekend, but all trout dams remain open to fishing all year.

DPI Director Fisheries Compliance Patrick Tully said while most fishers were aware of

size and bag limits and would abide by the rules, fisheries officers would be in the field to

ensure all fishers obeyed the law.

“It’s important all anglers check they have a current and valid NSW Recreational Fishing

Licence prior to fishing this weekend,” he said.

Information on trout fishing rules is available from

NSW Recreational Fishing Fee information is available from


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