COVID-19 Recreational Fishing in Tasmania - Inland Fishing- FAQs, updated Wednesday 20 October 2021. To help slow the spread of COVID-19, please download the government's COVIDSafe app.

2020 whitebait season soon to start

Whitebait in its natural form

The 2020 whitebait season is almost upon us, and opens on Thursday 1st October. The season will run for 6 weeks before closing on Wednesday 11th November.

A whitebait licence is required to fish for whitebait. Licences are available for $32 from the IFS website, Service Tasmania outlets and selected tackle shops.

A whitebait licence permits anglers to take a maximum of 2 kilograms of whitebait per day, and a total of 10 kilograms for the season. Please check the 2020-21 Tasmanian Inland Fishing Code for the regulations relating to whitebait fishing. 

The following waters are open to whitebait fishing this year:

    • Duck River (except 50m above or below the weir)
    • Great Forester River
    • Henty River
    • Huon River
    • Inglis River
    • Mersey River
    • Montagu River
    • Pieman River
    • River Derwent
    • River Forth
    • kanamaluka/River Tamar
    • Rubicon River (except 50m above or below the weir)

With the weather warming up why not purchase a whitebait licence and go and catch a feed!

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