Targeted patrols by NSW DPI Fisheries Officers over recent weeks across inland NSW have unfortunately uncovered a number of serious offences involving Murray cod.
At Nangiloc on the Murray River near Mildura, two men were detected in possession of five Murray cod measuring between 33.8cm and 44cm in size leading to the issue of penalty notices totalling $2200 for a range of offences.
At Swan Hill on the Murray River a man was issued multiple penalty notices after being found in possession of a Murray cod measuring 26.5cm.
Near Barmah on the Murray River a man was issued multiple penalty notices after being found in possession of a Murray Cod measuring 50cm.
At Darlington Point on the Murrumbidgee River, 2 men were issued multiple penalty notices after being found in possession of several prohibited size Murray cod.
At Bedgerebong on the Lachlan River, 2 men were issued penalty notices after being found in possession of 3 Murray Cod measuring between 47cm am 49.5cm.
This iconic inland species is completely protected from fishing each year in the months of September, October and November except in Blowering and Copeton Dams where there is very little recruitment and which rely upon stocked fish to sustain the fishery.
This annual closure ensures natural recruitment and protects this important species during its breeding season. If accidentally caught whilst fishing for other species during this time they must be immediately returned to the water with minimal harm. It is an offence to target Murray Cod during the closed season.
The Murray River and its NSW tributaries from the Yarrawonga Weir downstream to the Newell Highway road bridge at Tocumwal is also completely closed to fishing for all species during this time.
During the open season Murray Cod have a size limit of 55cm to 75cm, a daily bag limit of 2 per day and possession limit of 4.
Report illegal fishing via the Fishers Watch phone line on 1800 043 536