Permitted fishing gear

Bow and arrow

A bow and arrow can only be used to take European carp.

Bow and arrow fishing can only take place:

  • during daylight
  • in the River Murray outside of the main stream
  • at least 50 metres from all other persons not involved in the bow and arrow fishing.

Cockle net

Cockle nets are used for taking Pipis. They have a mesh net attached to a pole.

Cockle net 

Crab rake

Crab rakes are used for scraping the water-bed. They have a pole and a rake. Nets and mesh bags may be attached.

Crab rake

Dip tin

A perforated metal basket with a handle used to catch freshwater shrimp.

  • Maximum length: 40 cm
  • Maximum width: 30 cm
  • Maximum depth: 20 cm
  • Perforations: 0.8 cm diameter
  • Maximum number of devices: 1 per person. Gear combination rules may exist.

A perforated metal basket with a handle used to catch freshwater shrimp.

Drop net

A drop net is made of 2 hoops joined by a cylindrical or cone-shaped net bag. Drop nets do not need to be registered.

Specifications

  • Maximum hoop diameter: 107 cm
  • Maximum depth: 92 cm
  • Maximum number: 3 drop nets per person. Gear combination rules may exist. Anyone using drop nets to catch rock lobster cannot use any fishing gear other than rods or handlines.

Marking

Any unattended net must have a tag showing the name and address of the owner.

Nets that are set by boat, kayak or other flotation device in:

  • the River Murray and Lakes and Coorong must have 1 white buoy that is 2 litres in volume
  • all other waters (marine and inland) must have 1 white buoy that is 4 litres in volume.

Learn how to mark your gear correctly.


Drop net

Fish spear or hand spear

Fishing with a hand fish spear or spear gun is not permitted:

Other restrictions

  • Use of fish spears and spear guns while using any underwater breathing apparatus like hookahs or SCUBA is prohibited.
  • It is an offence to take or attempt to take rock lobster with a spear gun or any other pointed instrument.
  • Divers are not allowed to carry a hand spear or spear gun that uses an explosive cartridge.
  • Devices that operate with an explosive cartridge can be used for protection only. They cannot be attached to a fish spear or spear gun. Any fish injured or killed with the device must be left in the water.
  • Powerheads can be carried but must not be used for fishing. Powerheads are for protection only and must not be attached to a spear.

Hand net

A hand net is made of conical-shaped netting joined to a hoop and attached to a handle. Only 1 hand net can be used per person. Hand nets do not need to be registered.

Specifications

  • Maximum hoop diameter: 100 cm
  • Maximum depth of net: 100 cm
  • Maximum number permitted: 1 per person. Gear combination rules may exist.

Hand net

Hoop net

Hoop nets are made of 1 hoop holding a cone-shaped net bag. Hoop nets do not need to be registered but must be buoyed and tagged correctly.

Specifications

  • Maximum hoop diameter: 107 cm
  • Maximum depth of net bag: 92 cm

Number permitted

Maximum number permitted for marine waters:

  • up to 10 hoop nets if no other fishing device is being used
  • up to 3 hoop nets if other fishing gear is being used
  • Gear combination rules exist.

Maximum number permitted for inland waters:

  • up to 10 hoop nets, in addition to permitted rod and handlines
  • up to 3 hoop nets if other fishing gear is being used
  • Gear combination rules exist.

Maximum number permitted when fishing for crab:

  • up to 10 hoop nets if no other device is being used
  • up to 3 hoop nets if other fishing gear is being used.

Maximum number permitted with fishing for rock lobster:

  • up to 3 hoop nets if other fishing gear is being used.

Marking

Any unattended net must have a tag showing the name and address of the owner.

Nets that are set by boat, kayak or other flotation device in:

  • the River Murray and Lakes and Coorong must have 1 white buoy that is 2 litres in volume
  • all other waters (marine and inland) must have 1 white buoy that is 4 litres in volume.

Learn how to mark your gear correctly.

Hoop net

Mesh nets

Mesh nets cannot be used in the marine coastal waters of South Australia.

New temporary arrangements are in place regarding the use of mesh nets in the Lakes and Coorong – view the latest information. All recreational mesh nets must be registered before they can be used.

No new registrations are being issued for the Coorong, Lake Albert and Lake Alexandrina.

Mesh net specifications: Coorong

  • Maximum length: 75 metres.
  • Minimum mesh size: 50 mm.
  • Maximum mesh size: 64 mm.
  • Mesh panel: no more than 1 metre in depth.
  • Marking:
    • 2 black buoys at 1 end
    • 1 yellow buoy at the other end
    • floating red buoys at intervals of no more than 50 metres if the net is more than 50 metres long.
  • Setting:
    • The net must float when set.
    • The operator must be within 50 metres of the net at all times.
    • The net must not be set within 200 metres of any other net.

Permitted devices

Gear combination rules exist.

Netting closures

There are some restrictions on the use of mesh nets in some areas of the waters of the Coorong, For the purpose of using a mesh net, the waters of the Coorong have been divided into Area 1 and Area 2.

Download the Coorong mesh net areas map (PDF 618.4 KB)

Area 1: Defined as the waters of the Coorong separated from the Lower Murray and Lake Alexandrina by the Goolwa, Mundoo, Boundary Creek, Ewe Island and Tauwitchere Barrages and by a straight line drawn westerly from Pelican Point to Gnurlung Point and separated from the ocean by the Murray mouth.

Area 1 Closure: The use of a mesh net in Coorong Area 1 is prohibited from 1 November to 31 March inclusive.

Area 2: Defined as the waters of the Coorong commencing from a straight line drawn westerly from Pelican Point to Gnurlung Point, then extending south easterly to the most southerly limit of the lagoon proper.

Area 2 Closure: You can use a registered mesh net in Coorong Area 2 at all times of the year.

Other permanent netting closures

Mesh nets are prohibited:

  1. in all coastal marine waters
  2. within a 500 metre radius of the Murray Mouth
  3. within 100 metres of any jetty, pier or wharf
  4. within 150 metres of all barrages
  5. in the Goolwa channel
  6. from A.G.A. light on Mundoo Island across to Hindmarsh Island then upstream to the south east corner of Allotment 109, section 601 Hundred of Nangkita then across the Murray Mouth to Younghusband Peninsula then back to the A.G.A. light
  7. between midnight Friday and midnight Sunday in Goolwa channel in the waters between the Goolwa barrage and the area described in (6) above.

Mesh net specifications: Lake Albert and Lake Alexandrina

  • Maximum length: 75 metres.
  • Minimum mesh size: 150 mm.
  • Mesh panel: nets must have a mesh panel so it floats. No part of the net can be more than 2 metres below the surface.
  • Marking:
    • 2 black buoys at 1 end
    • 1 yellow buoy at the other end
    • floating red buoys at intervals of no more than 50 metres if the net is more than 50 metres long.
  • Setting:
    • The net must only be set from the water’s edge.
    • The net must float when set.
    • The operator must be within 50 metres of the net at all times.
    • The net must not be set within 200 metres of any other net.

Permitted devices

Gear combination rules exist.

Lakes Albert and Alexandrina closures

Mesh nets are prohibited:

  • within 100 metres of any jetty, pier or wharf
  • within 150 metres of all barrages

Mesh nets specifications: Lake George

  • Maximum length: 75 metres.
  • Minimum mesh size: 70 mm.
  • Maximum height: 2.5 metres. Net must float on the surface and be no more than 2.5 metres below the surface of the water

Marking:

All mesh nets must be marked with:

  • 2 black buoys at 1 end
  • 1 yellow buoy at the other end.

Buoys must be a minimum volume of 4 litres.

A current PIRSA issued registration tag must be attached to the top of the yellow buoy.

Setting:

  • The mesh net must be attended by the registered owner between 1.5 hours after sunrise and 1.5 hours before sunset the same day. The net does not need to be attended outside of these times.
  • Attendance of your net means the registered owner must be no more than 50 metres from the landward boundary of the Lake.

Permitted devices

Gear combination rules exist (see inland waters).

Tags

All registered nets must be marked with a PIRSA tag and this PIRSA tag must be attached to the yellow buoy. The tag shows the:

  • registered owner's name
  • registration number

If your tag is lost or stolen:

There is a fee for the replacement of a mesh net tag.

Lake George Netting Closures

The following netting closures continue to apply to the Lake George region:

  • The Southern Lagoon
  • The drainage channel connecting Lake George to Rivoli Bay; and
  • Any other waters that feed into Lake George

Line fishing – using rods, handlines and hand nets is permitted in these closed areas.

Register or renew your Lake George mesh net

Go to our instructions on how to register or renew registration of your Lake George mesh net.

Mussel dredge

A mussel dredge can only be used by hand.

Maximum width: 1 metre.

Maximum depth of net: 1 metre.

Rock lobster pots in northern zone

Maximum width: 1.5 metres

Maximum height: 1.2 metres

Maximum number permitted: 2

Marking:

  • 1 red buoy that is 4 litres in volume
  • a current registration tag.

Mouth of the pot: must be at the top.

Escape gaps:

  • there must be 2 on opposite sides of the pot
  • must have the top no more than 11 cm from the base of the pot.
  • must be at least 28 cm wide and 5.7 cm high.

Sea lion exclusion device

Sea lion exclusion devices prevent Australian sea lions from entering lobster pots. They are mandatory for pots set in water less than 100 metres deep.

Devices are made of a metal rod that:

  • is fastened to the centre point of the base of the pot
  • stands vertically
  • extends up to be level with the base of the pot neck or higher.

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Register or renew Rock Lobster Pots

Go to our instructions on how to register or renew registration of your Rock Lobster pot

Rock lobster pots in southern zone

All rock lobster pots must be registered before they can be used. Learn more about registering lobster pots (link).

Lobster pots are only for personal use.

Specifications

Maximum width: 1.5 metres.

Maximum height: 1.2 metres

Maximum number of pots: 2

Marking:

  • 1 red buoy that is 4 litres in volume
  • a current registration tag.

Mouth of the pot: must be at the top.

Escape gaps:

  • there must be 2 escape gaps on opposite sides of the pot
  • the tops of the escape gaps must be no more than 11 cm from the base of the pot.
  • must be a minimum 15 cm wide and 5.5 cm high
  • OR if there are no escape gaps, the pot must be covered in a mesh that will allow a cylindrical rod 5 cm in diameter to easily pass through if there are no escape gaps.

Rock lobster potTag

Register or renew Rock Lobster Pots

Go to our instructions on how to register or renew registration of your Rock Lobster pot.

Rod and handline

Each person can use 1 of the following combinations of rods and handlines:

  • up to 2 rods
  • up to 2 handlines
  • 1 of each.

Each line can have 1 of the following:

  • up to 3 hooks attached
  • up to 5 hooks joined eye to shank or threaded together.

Each person can use 1 teaserline that is baited without hooks.

Shrimp trap

Specifications

A fish trap designed for the taking of shrimp. Shrimp traps do not need to be registered but must be buoyed and tagged correctly.

  • Maximum dimension: 40 cm
  • Maximum height: 20 cm
  • Minimum mesh hole size: 5 mm
  • Maximum funnel diameter: 3 cm
  • Maximum number permitted: 1 per person. Gear combination rules may exist.

Marking

Any unattended trap must have a tag showing the name and address of the owner.

Traps that are set by boat, kayak or other flotation device in:

  • the River Murray and Lakes and Coorong must have 1 white buoy that is 2 litres in volume
  • all other waters (marine and inland) must have 1 white buoy that is 4 litres in volume.

Learn how to mark your gear correctly.

Shrimp trap

Yabby pot (including Opera House)

A fish trap designed for the taking of yabbies. Yabby pots do not need to be registered but must be buoyed and tagged correctly.

Specifications

  • Maximum dimensions: 1 metre
  • Maximum funnel diameter: 7.5 cm
  • Maximum number permitted: 3 per person (gear combination rules may exist)
  • Structure: No more than 2 fixed entrance funnels allowed.

Marking

Any unattended trap must have a tag showing the name and address of the owner.

Traps that are set by boat, kayak or other flotation device in:

  • the River Murray and Lakes and Coorong must have 1 white buoy that is 2 litres in volume
  • all other waters (marine and inland) must have 1 white buoy that is 4 litres in volume.

Learn how to mark your gear correctly.

Yabbie pots

Page Last Reviewed: 27 Jul 2017
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