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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Thursday 24 August 2017

Catch a freshwater fishing bonus on Father’s Day weekend

  • Freshwater fishing season opens on September 1, 2017
  • Try freshwater fishing licence-free in the South-West on September 2 and 3
  • More than 637,000 trout stocked annually in the South-West

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly today announced Western Australians can go freshwater fishing in the State’s South-West, licence-free next weekend (September 2-3, 2017).

The special weekend will celebrate the opening of the freshwater fishing season on September 1 and give people the chance to try their hand at freshwater angling for free.

Outside this special weekend, licences are required, except for those aged under 16. About 10,000 freshwater fishing licences were issued in 2016-17.

Normal bag and size limits will still apply.

On Saturday, September 2, Recfishwest will hold a community stocking day at Drakesbrook Weir in Waroona to celebrate the work done by Fisheries to grow and supply rainbow trout and brown trout for South-West waterways. For more information, visit

Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly:

“Fishing for trout or redfin perch on a karri-lined river near Pemberton, or at one of the stocked irrigation dams in the Waroona-Harvey area, provides a great opportunity for families to spend quality time together outdoors.

“That is why the State Government is giving Western Australians the chance to go fishing in the South-West on September 2 and 3 without the need for a licence.

“There is also an opportunity on September 2 for kids to take part in free fishing clinics or the release of thousands of trout into the Drakesbrook Weir, as part of Recfishwest’s community stocking day festivities.

“The release of the trout is part of Fisheries’ plan to distribute more than 637,000 trout this year, including fry, yearlings and ex-broodstock, to support and enhance the recreational freshwater fishing experience in WA’s South-West.

“The State Government is committed to supporting the recreational fishing industry which is an important economic driver for WA.”

Fisheries Minister's office: 6552 6100

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