Legal angling methods include fishing with bait, and artificial lure and fly. All methods are allowed in most inland waters. However, bait fishing is not permitted in waters reserved for artificial lure and fly fishing, and lure fishing is not allowed in waters reserved for fly fishing only.
Angling is restricted to one rod and line per licence holder unless that person is licensed for two rods or when fishing for bream in specified bream waters. The exceptions are lakes Mackenzie and Augusta, which are restricted to one hand held rod and line.
An angler must be within eight metres of his or her set rod and able to see it at all times, and it is illegal for a licence holder to look after another person’s rod and line at any time. A single line must have no more than two lures or two baits or one lure and one bait or no more than three artificial flies. In waters restricted to fly fishing, generally accepted fly fishing practices apply.
Bait fishing is not permitted in waters restricted to artificial lure or fly fishing, and in lakes and rivers in a National Park or World Heritage Area (except lakes Mackenzie and Augusta). It is an offence to use or possess bait at these waters, including frogs and ground bait (berley) with penalties up to $6000.
The use of fish and fish products is prohibited in all inland waters other than sections of rivers subject to tidal movement. You can catch live bait in tidal inland waters from one week before the opening of the brown trout season until the end of the season, using a seine net that is not more than six metres long and one metre deep, and has a mesh between 12 and 30 mm.
You may only use a purpose-built strike indicator or one made from natural products like wood, to warn of movement in the rod and line. Bottles, jars, cans or similar objects made of plastic, glass, aluminium or any other metal are not permitted, as they create a serious litter problem.