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. 

Rock Lobster and Giant Crab

Western Region
Females - open from 4 November 2017 to 30 April 2018 inclusive.
Males - open from 4 November 2017 to 31 August 2018 inclusive.
Eastern Region
Open from 18 November 2017 to 30 April 2018.

Squid / Calamari
East Coast
Upper south east coast waters including Great Oyster Bay and Mercury Passage from 15 October to 14 November inclusive each year.​
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​.
Striped TrumpeterClosed from 1 September to 31 October inclusive each year.
ScallopsOpen 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.
AbaloneOpen all year round.
OctopusOpen to fishing all year round.
See also:
Commercial Fishing Seasons
See Inland Fisheries for inland fishing seasons.


Recreational Fishing Enquiries
Recreational Fisheries Section
1 Franklin Wharf
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3233, 1300 720 647

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