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
2018-19 Season currently closed.

2019-20 Season Dates  

All Waters outside the East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone (ECSRZ):
- Open from 2 November 2019.
East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone (ECSRZ):
- Open from 7 December 2019.

Information about transiting between seasonally closed waters.

Eastern Region (including ECSRZ)
- Closes 30 April 2020.
Western Region (Females)
- Closes 30 April 2020.
Western Region (Males)
- Closes 31 August 2020.
Squid / Calamari Spawning Closures
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
2019: Tasmania's north coast will be closed from 1 - 31 October 2019 inclusive from Cape Grim east to Cape Naturaliste - 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, 4 April to 31 July 2020 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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