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The Austackle Bluefin Country Fishing Classic will be held at Bjelke-Petersen Dam on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

January 13, 2016

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Greg Bowness says anglers coming to fish at South Burnett dams should familiarise themselves with changes to freshwater fishing rules which came into effect last year.

“No more than six fishing lines can be used per person at any one time. Only one hook, artificial fly or lure can be attached to each line,” he said.

“When using a fishing line, you must stay within 50m of the line at all times. You should also check the fishing line regularly to allow any undersized or non-target species to be released safely.

“All traps must be tagged clearly, ensuring the owner’s surname and address is visible.”

Freshwater traps must be marked with a solid, light-coloured float that is at least 15cm in any dimension, if not fixed to something stationary above the water.

Mr Bowness said anglers should also be aware of the rules surrounding bait.

“Any bait caught must comply with size and possession limits,” he said.

“The use of freshwater fish and crustaceans, such as spangled perch, redclaw, freshwater prawns and yabbies as bait (dead or alive), is banned outside of their natural environment or range. ‘No-take’ species are also not able to be used as bait.

“Fish caught that are not native to the area must not be returned to the water, even as bait.

“This includes pest fish such as tilapia and carp which affect native species and marine environments.”

He said unlawful or suspicious fishing activities could be reported by calling the Fishwatch hotline on 1800-017-116.

For more information on Queensland’s freshwater fishing rules, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13-25-23 or download the free “Qld Fishing” app.

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