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The season extension is the result of our ongoing research and stock monitoring, which has identified the environmental and economic benefits of removing the annual season closure.​

Saturday 2 September 2017

Popular South West freshwater angling spots open all year round

​Western Australia’s recreational freshwater anglers can now enjoy their sport all year round following a major change to the seasonal closure.

The removal of the annual two-month closure on select dams will open up opportunities for anglers who take out a freshwater fishing licence.

Removing the July/August closure, from 2018 and onwards, has a number of economic and social benefits, including supporting regional tourism and providing opportunities for families to spend quality time together outdoors.

The extended season will also support the environment by reducing the numbers of feral redfin perch – a species that is known to predate on juvenile marrontrout and native fish.

This year, more than 637,000 trout, grown at our hatchery and research centre near Pemberton, are being relea​​sed​ into selected rivers and dams to help maintain WA’s popular freshwater fishing activity.

For more information see our recreational fishing rules.

You can also download our Recreational freshwater angling guide or pick up a copy from our offices and participating information outlets.​​

More details.​​

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