Recreational Fishing Seasons
Fisheries may be closed at spawning times to protect breeding stock or to limit the catch for a fishery.
They may also be closed for public health reasons - see Biotoxin Fishery Events.
If not listed, no recreational season applies.
For changes to published fishing seasons, check public notices in Tasmanian newspapers, follow the
Fisheries Tasmania Facebook page or download the
Tas Fish Guide app. You can also phone Recreational Fishing Enquiries on 1300 720 647.
See also:Commercial Fishing Seasons
Rock Lobster and
CHECK BIOTOXIN OPEN/CLOSED STATUS
Females - open from 5 November 2016 to 30 April 2017 inclusive.
Males - open from 5 November 2016 to 31 August 2017 inclusive.
Open from 19 November 2016 to 30 April 2017 inclusive.
Females - open from 4 November 2017 to 30 April 2018 inclusive.
Males - open from 4 November 2017 to 31 August 2018 inclusive.
Season dates to be announced.
|Squid / Calamari||North Coast|
Two areas on the north coast are closed from 6 October to 22 October 2017 inclusive as follows:
North west closure: From Woolnorth Point west to Table Cape - see map
Central north closure: From Point Sorell to Stony Head - see map
More information about the northern closure.
Upper south east coast waters including Great Oyster Bay and Mercury Passage from 15 October to 14 November inclusive each year.
|Striped Trumpeter||Closed from 1 September to 31 October inclusive each year.|
|Scallops||Open to fishing from the Saturday before Easter, 24 March 2018 to 31 July 2018 inclusive. The
D'Entrecasteaux Channel is closed to scallop fishing until further notice to protect scallop stocks. See the
scallop page for more information.|
|Banded Morwong||Closed from 1 March to 30 April inclusive each year.|
|Abalone||Open all year round. |
|Octopus||Open to fishing all year round.|
for inland fishing seasons.