FIRST POP: This quality summer or sand whiting (Sillago ciliata) was taken on a popper.
FIRST POP: This quality summer or sand whiting (Sillago ciliata) was taken on a popper. Contributed

Check gear, rules before heading out fishing this Easter

EASTER is almost upon us and there will be plenty of recreational fishers of all ages wetting a line for the first time in a while.

So the word is to check your gear and also check the rules and regulations for fishing in the area you are visiting. More people tend to get away, often camping at a favourite spot, at Easter, than at any other time of the year.

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website has all you need to know if you are fishing in Queensland during these holidays; go to daff.qld.gov.au and follow the links.

And if you see an interstate or international visitor who may be unsure, give them a bit of a clue - of course if they are blatantly breaking the law and ignoring your advice you can contact the Fishwatch Hotline on 1800 017 116.

If the weather is good and you are heading outside make sure your measuring mat or rule is up to date and double check bag limits and no-take species.

For the estuary fishers the same thing applies and there should be a few good mangrove jack, whiting, flatties and mud crabs taken this Easter.

If you are heading to one of the lakes or dams that come under the Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme, such as Callide Dam, Fairbairn Dam, Lake Monduran or Cania Dam, make sure you have your correct permit.

They too can be obtained online at the Fisheries website.

Queensland Fisheries district officer Coby Walker said a current permit to fish in freshwater lakes and dams on the Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS) was required.

"The Easter long weekend is an ideal time for families and friends to enjoy some outdoor fun and this year is set to be a particularly good season with fish stocks thriving in many dams after the floods," Mr Walker said.

"You only need one permit per couple and those under 18 years of age can fish for free.

"Before packing up the family though, check the date on your permit and renew it if needed."



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