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​Fisher throw netting for bait at Cape Leveque. Photo: Maddi McDonald

Monday 13 March 2017

Licensed to throw

Small fish species used for bait can be caught with a throw net in some Western Australian waters, but you require a recreational net fishing licence.

However, recreational nettingincluding throw netting – is banned in the Swan and Canning rivers to protect the juvenile fish that inhabit them.

Some fishers who holiday in the north at this time of year use local species, such as bony bream and greenback mullet, as bait when fishing for barramundi, mangrove jack or fingermark, so it’s important to know how many of these fish you can legally take for bait.

Bony bream (family Clupeidae) is classified as a baitfish, for which the daily bag limit is nine litres of all baitfish species combined. In contrast, greenback mullet (family Mugilidae) is in a finfish category that has an individual species/total mixed species bag limit of 30 per day.

All protected species, including undersize fish, must not be kept for use as bait.

For more information see our recreational fishing rules.

You can also download our recreational net fishing guide or pick up a copy from our offices and participating information outlets.

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