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2020 whitebait season soon to start

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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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