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Whitebait season 2021

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Whitebait season is almost upon us once again

The 2021 whitebait season is almost upon us, and opens on Friday 1 October. The season will run for 6 weeks before closing on Thursday 11 November.

A whitebait licence is required to fish for whitebait. Licences are available for $33 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 2021-22 Inland Fishing Code for the regulations relating to whitebait fishing. 

The following waters are open to whitebait fishing this year:

  • Black River
  • Brid River
  • Don River
  • Duck River (except 50m above or below the weir)
  • Henty River
  • Huon River
  • Inglis River
  • Little Forester River
  • Pieman River
  • River Derwent
  • River Forth
  • River Leven
  • kanamaluka/River Tamar
  • Rubicon River (except 50m above or below the weir)

With the weather warming up why not purchase a licence and go catch a feed of whitebait, or any number of the sea-run trout chasing the bait upstream around the State at the moment! 

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