Fishing - Size & Bag Limits

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PLEASE NOTE!

Fishers should note that the size and possession limits are correct at the time of publishing this page.

For cross reference please see Size limits

The following are the legal minimum and maximum size limits.
Coral reef finfish bag and size limits*
Species Legal size (cm) Take and possession limit
All cods and groupers 38 min Combined limit of 5 in total of all cod species

Cod exceptions

Camouflage rockcod 50 min 100 max
  Estuary cod see listing in following table
  Flowery cod 50 min 100 max
Greasy rockcod 38 min 100 max
Maori cod 45 min
Barramundi cod No take
  Potato cod No take
Queensland grouper No take
All coral trout 38 min Combined limit of 7 in total of all trout species

Coral trout exceptions

  Chinese footballer trout (blue spot trout) 50 min 80 max
All emperors 25 min 5 per species

Emperor exceptions

Red-throat sweetlip 38 min 8
  Long nose emperor 38 min 5
  Spangled emperor 45 min 5
  Red emperor 55 min 5
All fusiliers No limit No limit
All parrotfishes 25 min 5 per species
All surgeonfishes 25 min 5 per species
All sweetlips
(excluding red throat sweetlip)
25 min 5 per species
All tropical snappers and sea perches 25 min 5 per species
Tropical snappers and sea perch exceptions
Crimson (rosy) jobfish and lavender jobfish 38 min Combined limit of 8 in total for both species
  Chinaman fish No take
  Crimson seaperch (small mouth nannygai) and saddletail seaperch (large mouth nannygai) 40 min Combined limit of 9 in total for both species
Flame snapper 38 min 5
Goldband snapper 38 min 5
  Hussar 25 min 10
Green jobfish 38 min 5
Paddletail No take
  Red bass No take
Red emperor 55 min 5
Ruby snapper 38 min 5
Small-toothed jobfish 38 min 5
All wrasse 25 min 5 per species
Wrasse exceptions
Hump-headed Maori No take
  Tuskfish (all species) 30 min Combined limit of 6 in total for all tuskfish species
A closed season applies to coral reef fin fish. For a more information see the
Queensland - Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries website

Other tidal species bag and size limits*
Species Legal size (cm) Take and possession limit
Australian bass* 30 min 2
Barramundi*
  East coast 58 min 120 max 5
  Gulf of Carpentaria 60 min 120 max 5
Bêche de mer (sea cucumber) excluding black teatfish (take and possession limit of 0) No limit 5
Bream (pikey and yellow finned) 23 min No limit
Black lipped pearl oyster 9 min No limit
Cod (estuary) 35 min 120 max 10
Crab
  Blue swimmer 11.5 No limit
  Mud 15 min 10
Spanner* 10 min 20
Dolphin fish 45 min No limit
Eels
Long-finned 30 min Combined limit of 10 in total of all species
  Short-finned 30 min
  South Pacific 30 min
Flathead
  Bar-tailed 30 min No limit
  Dusky (mud) 40 min 70 max 5
  Sand 30 min No limit
Giant trevally
  East coast No limit No limit
  Gulf of Carpentaria 35 min No limit
Gold lipped pearl oyster 13 min 23 max No limit
Grass emperor (grass sweetlip) 30 min No limit
Grunter bream (small spotted and spotted)
  East coast 30 min No limit
  Gulf of Carpentaria 40 min 10 whole fish or 20 fillets
Jewel fish
  Gulf of Carpentaria 45 min No limit
Jewfish
  Silver 45 min No limit
  Black (east coast) 45 min 10
  Black (Gulf of Carpentaria) 60 min 120 max 5 with no more than 2 over 100 cm
Kingfish
  Black 75 min 10
  Yellowtail 50 min No limit
Large-scale sea perch (fingermark) 35 min 10
Luderick 23 min No limit
Mackerel
  Grey/broad-barred  60 min  5
  Spanish/narrow-barred  75 min  3
  Queensland school (east coast)  50 min  30
  Queensland school (Gulf of Carpentaria)  50 min  10
  Shark  50 min  no limit
  Spotted (east coast)  60 min  5
  Spotted (Gulf of Carpentaria)  50 min  10
Mangrove jack
  East coast 35 min No limit
  Gulf of Carpentaria 35 min 5
Molluscs any—excluding oysters No limit 50
Mulloway 45 min 10
Perch pearl 35 min 5
Prawns No limit 10 litres?
? No more than 10 prawns with their heads or any other part removed, unless the removal was to process the prawns for immediate consumption.
Queenfish
  East coast No limit No limit
  Gulf of Carpentaria 45 min No limit
Salmon
  King/Burnett (east coast) 40 min No limit
  King/Burnett (Gulf of Carpentaria) 60 min 5
  Blue/Cooktown (east coast) 40 min No limit
  Blue/Cooktown (Gulf of Carpentaria) 40 min 20
Snapper 35 min 5
Tailor 30 min 20
  72 hours or more on Fraser Island 30 min 30
Tarwhine 23 min No limit
Teraglin
  Silver 30 min No limit
  Jew 38 min 5
Trochus 8 min 12.5 max 50
Tropical rock lobster* (painted crayfish Panulirus ornatus) 115 mm tail min
90 mm carapace min
Above 14° south lat.
3 per person/6 per boat
Below 14° south lat.
5 per person/10 per boat
All other Panulirus species No limit As above
Wahoo 75 min 10
Whiting (golden lined and sand) 23 min Combined limit of 30 for both species
Worms (including part thereof)
  Beach No limit 30
  Blood No limit 50
*A closed season applies to these species. For a more information see the
Queensland - Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries website
No-take species
Barramundi cod Chinaman fish Hump-headed Maori wrasse Paddletail
Potato cod

Queensland grouper

Red bass  
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