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Cod and crayfish seasons close Sunday

The Murray Cod season will come to a close this weekend, but anglers will still be able to throw a line in for their favourite fish at specified locations which remain open all year round.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Senior Fisheries Manager – Inland, Cameron Westaway, said the Murray Cod season will close on Sunday, 1 September to protect the iconic sportsfish species during its annual breeding season.

“While most waterways will be closed for fishing Murray Cod, Blowering Dam in Southern NSW, as well as Copeton Dam in northern NSW are open for Murray Cod fishing year round."

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For crayfish, all NSW waters will be closed to fishing for Murray crayfish, as the annual Southern NSW season comes to a close.

According to Mr. Westaway, “The Murray Crayfish fishery in NSW is closed all year as they are a vulnerable species, except in specified waters of the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers during June, July and August."

Information on freshwater fishing rules can be found in the NSW Recreational Freshwater Fishing Guide from DPI Fisheries offices, at fishing licence agents and bait and tackle shops, and online at

People can report suspected illegal fishing to the Fishers Watch Phoneline on 1800 043 536 or report via the FishSmart app.

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