Environment and Sustainable Development are letting us know that you’ll need to get out in the snow if you want to catch another Murray Cod this season:
Anglers are reminded that the Murray Cod fishing season closes at midnight on 31 August 2012.
“To maintain our Murray cod stocks and allow the fish to spawn, the ACT has a closed season in which it is prohibited to fish for Murray cod,” Daniel Walters, acting Director of Environment Protection and Water Regulation said today.
“The closed season commences on 31 August at midnight and will remain in effect until midnight 30 November.”
Anglers are still permitted to fish the Murrumbidgee River within the ACT (downstream from the junction with the Gudgenby River); the Molonglo River downstream from Scrivener Dam; and Canberra’s urban lakes, which remain open to fishing all year round.
“If you catch a Murray cod in these waterways, you must return it to the water with the least amount of injury possible,” Mr Walters said.
“The closure provides additional protection to Murray cod during their spawning season, when the fish are more aggressive and easier to catch. Protection of spawning fish is essential if Murray cod are to be managed in a sustainable way,” Mr Walters said.