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Trout recreational fishing

Recreational anglers fish for rainbow trout – and also brown trout – in rivers and other freshwater bodies in the south-west of Western Australia.

Both species were introduced to Australia. Through our Pemberton Freshwater Research Centre​ we annually restock south-west waterways with trout, following consultation with peak recreational fishing body, Recfishwest, and a range of non-fisher stakeholders. You can find more information on the stocked waterways listed here.

We manage recreational fishing for trout through size and bag limits, among other measures. Anglers aged 16 and over need a freshwater angling licence to fish for freshwater finfish in all inland waters south of Greenough (29°S latitude) and above the tidal influence, including all lakes, dams, rivers and their tributaries.

Please note: Redfin perch is a feral species – don’t return it to the water as it preys on juvenile marron and trout fry (young trout). 

Information on fishing rules for trout including size and bag limits can be found online or in our Recreational freshwater angling guide

Last modified: 24/03/2022 2:04 PM

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