Permitted Devices

Bow and arrow

A bow and arrow can only be used to take European carp.

Bow and arrow fishing can only take place:

  • during daylight
  • in the River Murray outside of the main stream
  • at least 50 metres from all other persons not involved in the bow and arrow fishing.

Cockle net

Cockle nets are used for taking Pipis. They have a mesh net attached to a pole.

Cockle net 

Crab rake

Crab rakes are used for scraping the water-bed. They have a pole and a rake. Nets and mesh bags may be attached.

Crab rake

Drop net

A drop net is made of 2 hoops joined by a cylindrical or cone-shaped net bag. Drop nets do not need to be registered.

Specifications

  • Maximum hoop diameter: 107 cm
  • Maximum depth: 92 cm
  • Maximum number: 3 drop nets per person. Anyone using drop nets to catch rock lobster cannot use any fishing gear other than rods or handlines.
  • Marking in marine waters: 1 white buoy that is 4 litres in volume. Net must have a tag with the name and address of the owner if left unattended.
  • Marking in the Lakes and Coorong: 1 white buoy that is 2 litres in volume. Net must have a tag with the name and address of the owner if left unattended.
  • Marking in the River Murray: 1 white buoy that is 2 litres in volume. Net must have a tag with the name and address of the owner if left unattended.

Drop net

Fish spear or hand spear

Fishing with a hand fish spear or spear gun is not permitted:

  • Within 200 metres of the Hindmarsh and Inman River mouths.
  • In the Gulf of Saint Vincent within 600 metres of the high water mark between the southern most breakwater at Outer Harbour and Gulf View Road, Christies Beach. Spears are only allowed to be used south of Onkaparinga Head.
  • Within 100 metres of:
    • jetties
    • landings
    • wharves

      including the adjacent foreshore areas.
  • In the waters of Second Valley Bay.
You can carry a fish spear or unloaded spear to or from a boat in the waters listed above.

You cannot carry or use a hand fish spear gun in:

  • Freshwater rivers and streams in South Australia. This includes all land up to 100 metres from freshwater rivers and streams.
  • Aquatic reserves. The only exception is Blanche Harbour-Douglas Band where hand fish spears can be used to take scale fish and shark only.
  • All waters in the West Lakes system and the foreshore areas next to those waters.

Other restrictions

  • Use of fish spears and spear guns while using any underwater breathing apparatus like hookahs or SCUBA is prohibited.
  • It is an offence to take or attempt to take rock lobster with a spear gun or any other pointed instrument.
  • Divers are not allowed to carry a handspear or spear gun that uses an explosive cartridge. 
  • Devices that operate with an explosive cartridge can be used for protection only. They cannot be attached to a fish spear or spear gun. Any fish injured or killed with the device must be left in the water.
  • Powerheads can be carried but must not be used for fishing. Powerheads are for protection only and must not be attached to a spear.

Hand net

A hand net is made of conical-shaped netting joined to a hoop and attached to a handle. Only 1 hand net can be used per person. Hand nets do not need to be registered.

Specifications

  • Maximum hoop diameter: 100 cm.
  • Maximum depth of net: 100 cm.

Hand net

Hoop net

Hoop nets are made of 1 hoop holding a cone-shaped net bag. Hoop nets do not need to be registered but must be buoyed and tagged correctly.

Specifications

  • Maximum hoop diameter: 107 cm
  • Maximum depth of net bag: 92 cm

Maximum number permitted for marine fish and inland waters:

  • up to 10 hoop nets if no other fishing device is being used
  • up to 3 hoop nets if other fishing gear is being used.

Maximum number permitted when fishing for crab:

  • up to 10 hoop nets if no other device is being used
  • up to 3 hoop nets if other fishing gear is being used.

Maximum number permitted with fishing for rock lobster:

  • up to 3 hoop nets if other fishing gear is being used.

Marking

  • Marking in marine waters: 1 white buoy that is 4 litres in volume. Net must have a tag with the name and address of the owner if left unattended.
  • Marking in the Lakes and Coorong: 1 white buoy that is 2 litres in volume. Net must have a tag with the name and address of the owner if left unattended. 
  • Marking in the River Murray: 1 white buoy, 2 litres in volume. Net must have a tag with the name and address of the owner if left unattended.

Hoop net

Mesh nets

Mesh nets cannot be used in the marine coastal waters of South Australia.

Mesh nets can be used in the Lakes and Coorong region. All recreational mesh nets must be registered before they can be used. No new registrations are being issued.

Mesh net specifications: Coorong

Maximum length: 75 metres.

Minimum mesh size: 50 mm.

Maximum mesh size: 64 mm.

Mesh panel: no more than 1 metre in depth.

Marking:

  • 2 black buoys at 1 end
  • 1 yellow buoy at the other end
  • floating red buoys at intervals of no more than 50 metres if the net is more than 50 metres long.

Setting:

  • The net must float when set.
  • The operator must be within 50 metres of the net at all times.
  • The net must not be set within 200 metres of any other net.

Mesh net specification: Lake Albert and Lake Alexandrina

Maximum length: 75 metres.

Minimum mesh size: 110 mm.

Mesh panel: nets must have a mesh panel so it floats. No part of the net can be more than 2 metres below the surface.

Marking:

  • 2 black buoys at 1 end
  • 1 yellow buoy at the other end
  • floating red buoys at intervals of no more than 50 metres if the net is more than 50 metres long.

Setting:

  • The net must only be set from the water’s edge.
  • The net must float when set.
  • The operator must be within 50 metres of the net at all times.
  • The net must not be set within 200 metres of any other net.

Mesh nets specifications: Lake George

Maximum length: 75 metres.

Minimum length: 70 mm.

Marking:

  • 2 black buoys at 1 end
  • 1 yellow buoy at the other end.

Setting: The net must be attended by the registered owner between 1.5 hours after sunrise and 1.5 hours before sunset the same day. The net does not need to be attended outside of these times.

Lake George is occasionally closed to all types of fishing. Phone Fishwatch on 1800 065 522 for the latest information on closures.

Mussel dredge

A mussel dredge can only be used by hand.

Maximum width: 1 metre.

Maximum depth of net: 1 metre.

Rock lobster pots in northern zone

Maximum width: 1.5 metres

Maximum height: 1.2 metres

Maximum number permitted: 2

Marking:

  • 1 red buoy that is 4 litres in volume
  • a current registration tag.

Mouth of the pot: must be at the top.

Escape gaps:

  • there must be 2 on opposite sides of the pot
  • must have the top no more than 11 cm from the base of the pot.
  • must be at least 28 cm wide and 5.7 cm high.

Sea lion exclusion device

Sea lion exclusion devices prevent Australian sea lions from entering lobster pots. They are mandatory for pots set in water less than 100 metres deep.

Devices are made of a metal rod that:

  • is fastened to the centre point of the base of the pot
  • stands vertically
  • extends up to be level with the base of the pot neck or higher.

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Rock lobster pots in southern zone

All rock lobster pots must be registered before they can be used. Learn more about registering lobster pots (link).

Lobster pots are only for personal use.

Specifications

Maximum width: 1.5 metres.

Maximum height: 1.2 metres

Maximum number of pots: 2

Marking:

  • 1 red buoy that is 4 litres in volume
  • a current registration tag.

Mouth of the pot: must be at the top.

Escape gaps:

  • there must be 2 escape gaps on opposite sides of the pot
  • the tops of the escape gaps must be no more than 11 cm from the base of the pot.
  • must be a minimum 15 cm wide and 5.5 cm high
  • OR if there are no escape gaps, the pot must be covered in a mesh that will allow a cylindrical rod 5 cm in diameter to easily pass through if there are no escape gaps.

Rock lobster potTag

Rod and handline

Each person can use 1 of the following combinations of rods and handlines:

  • up to 2 rods
  • up to 2 handlines
  • 1 of each.

Each line can have 1 of the following:

  • up to 3 hooks attached
  • up to 5 hooks joined eye to shank or threaded together.

Each person can use 1 teaserline that is baited without hooks.

Shrimp trap

Specifications:

Maximum dimension: 40 cm

Maximum height: 20 cm

Minimum mesh hole size: 5 mm

Maximum number permitted: 1 per person 

Marking:

  • 1 white buoy if trap is now set from the shore
  • 1 tag with the name and address of the owner.

Shrimp trap

Yabby pot

Specifications:

Maximum dimensions: 1 metre

Maximum funnel diameter: 7.5 cm

Maximum number permitted: 3 per person

Structure: No more than 2 fixed entrance funnels allowed

Marking:

  • 1 white buoy if pot is not set from the shore
  • 1 tag with the name and address of the owner.

Yabbie pots

Page Last Reviewed: 18 Feb 2015
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