Bait RestrictionsIf a fish is under the legal minimum size it must be returned to the water even if it no longer alive when landed, You must not use undersized fish for bait.
It is an offence to use any part of the following species for bait:
There is no minimum size for bait fish species, which includes anchovies, sardines, sprats and hardyheads. There is a possession limit of 5kg of bait fish (all bait fish species combined).
For information on the whitebait fishery contact the Inland Fisheries Service on (03) 6261 8050.
Imported Bait – Be Biosecure
If you buy bait, it should be from locally supplied sources. Bringing dead or live bait to Tasmania is prohibited in most instances. Bait originating from other countries or other Australian states may contain pests and diseases that do not occur in Tasmania. Call Quarantine Tasmania on (03) 6233 9032 for more information.
If you catch your own bait, try to source it from the same area where you fish. Moving fish and fish products, including frames, offal and shells, between locations can spread diseases and marine pests.
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 (03) 6233 6556 for more information.
Read more about bait nets and their specifications. Sort your catch quickly and release unwanted fish in good condition.
See for following pages for more information on recreational fishing rules and regulations:
Rock Lobster Gear and How to Mark it
Bag and Possession Limits
Contact: Recreational Fishing EnquiriesRecreational Fisheries Section
1 Franklin Wharf
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6233 7042 or 1300 720 647
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