If a fish is under the legal minimum size it must be returned to the water even if it no longer alive when landed. It is illegal to use undersized fish for bait.
It is an offence to use any part of the following species for bait:
- rock lobster;
- abalone; and
- any species listed as protected, including limpets.
Only the heads and frames of the following highly valued fish species may be used for baiting rock lobster pots and rings, unless you have a receipt for purchasing the fis
- bastard or striped trumpeter;
- banded morwong;
- tuna other than skipjack;
- trout; and
- school, gummy, blue and mako shark;
- yellowtail kingfish.
Recreational Baitfish Species
There is a bag limit of 50 and a possession limit of 100 bait fish (combined) including anchovies, sardines, sprats and hardyheads, unless you have a receipt. There is no minimum size for bait fish species.
Baitfish InvertebratesThere is a bag limit of 50 and a possession limit of 100 bait
invertebrates (combined) including soldier crabs, marine worms and
burrowing shrimp. There is no minimum size for bait invertebrates.
For information on the whitebait fishery contact the Inland Fisheries Service
on (03) 6165 3080.
Imported Bait - Be Biosecure
Only buy bait from locally supplied sources. Bringing dead or live bait to Tasmania is prohibited in most instances. Bait originating from other states or countries may contain pests and diseases that do not occur in Tasmania. Call Quarantine Tasmania
on 1800 084 881 for more information.
If you catch your own bait, try to source it from the same area where you fish. Moving fish including frames, offal and shells, between locations can spread diseases and marine pests.
Animal Bait and Berley
Only native animals that have been lawfully taken (eg. by licensed shooters) can be used for bait. Road kill may not be used. Phone DPIPWE's Wildlife Management Branch on 1300 368 550 for more information. Mammal flesh, blood or offal other than pellets cannot be used as berley.
Read more about bait nets
and bait pumps
their specifications. Sort your catch quickly and release unwanted fish in good condition.