Australian herring are small but highly acrobatic fish and a favourite among both novice and experienced recreational fishers.
A herring school can be ‘berlied up’ into a feeding frenzy by using a berley of pollard and fish oils.
Australian herring stocks are considered to be at a sustainable level. However, the status of breeding stocks is uncertain. To help conserve fish stocks, recreational fishers are required to stick to daily bag limits. 'Daily’ means from midnight to midnight.
In addition, you require a Recreational Fishing from Boat Licence for any general fishing activity conducted with the use of a powered boat.
Herring can be taken as part of a mixed bag of finfish species.
For example, on one day one fisher could take 30 Australian herring OR 10 herring and 20 other fish of the species listed.
As part of the mixed bag, you may also take all species not listed in the categories: demersal finfish; large pelagic finfish; nearshore/estuarine finfish; freshwater finfish; baitfish and feral freshwater species; or the protected species table.
For these other species, see the 'all other species of finfish' bag and size limit table.
As well as bag limits, possession limits apply. For more information about possession limits and general fishing rules, see our Statewide Recreational fishing guide 2013.