Fishing limits

The numbers of fish that live in our waters are limited and the popularity of recreational fishing in South Australia has meant that more people want a share of our fish stocks. To ensure the long term health of our fish stocks, it is critical that enough fish of each species remain in the water to reproduce and replace the numbers removed each year. Go to the Fishing limits explained page for more information.

Use the menu below to find:

  • size
  • bag
  • boat
  • possession

limits that apply to marine and freshwater fish, molluscs, and crustaceans caught in South Australian waters.

Any species that:

do not have size or bag limit restrictions. You are encouraged to only take what you need for personal use.

Recreational fishers are not allowed to sell or trade their catch.

Fish - which includes crabs and sharks - that are subject to size limits cannot be filleted at sea. They can be scaled and gutted. Go to the fishing limits explained page for more information about mutilation of fish at sea.

Fishing limit information is also available via the SA Recreational Fishing Guide app or 24-hour Fishwatch hotline on 1800 065 522 . Fishers can also SMS a fish name to 0427 767 995 and receive an immediate text response.

Go

More information

Abalone

Blacklip Abalone
Blacklip Abalone
Greenlip Abalone
Greenlip Abalone

Limits

  • Minimum size measured across its widest point:
    • Greenlip Abalone in the Western zone: 14.5 cm.
    • All other species in all other waters: 13 cm.
  • Personal daily bag limit: 5 - the limit is a combined total of both species.
  • Daily boat limit:
    • For 2 or more people: a combined total of 10 Abalone.
    • For 1 person: a combined total of 5 Abalone.

Closed areas

Taking of Abalone is prohibited in all:

Handling Abalone

The diver must:

  • carry a suitable measuring device
  • measure abalone as soon as it has been removed from the surface it was attached to
  • returned immediately if it is undersized
  • bring the abalone above the high water mark before removing the meat.

More information

Albacore

Albacore

  • No minimum size
  • Personal daily bag limit: 2
  • Daily boat limit when 3 or more people on board: 6

Australian Herring - Tommy Ruff

Australian Herring - Tommy Rough

Limits

  • No minimum size
  • Personal daily bag limit: 40
  • Daily boat limit when 3 or more people on board: 120

Similarities with juvenile Salmon (Salmon Trout)

Australian Herring (Tommy Ruff) look very similar to juvenile Salmon (Salmon Trout). Make sure you know the difference to make sure undersize Salmon are returned to the water.

Tommy v salmon

Black Cowrie

Black Cowrie

  • No minimum legal length.
  • Personal daily bag limit: 1

Bloodworm

Bloodworm

Personal daily bag limit: 4 litres

Blue Morwong - Queen Snapper

Blue Morwong - Queen Snapper

  • Minimum size: 38 cm measured from tip of snout to tip of tail
  • Personal daily bag limit: 5
  • Daily boat limit when 3 or more people on board: 15

Blue Swimmer Crab

Blue Swimmer Crab

  • Minimum size: 11 cm measured across the carapace from the base of the largest spines.
  • Personal daily bag limit: 20 – combined limit with Sand Crabs.
  • Daily boat limit when 3 or more people on board: 60 – combined limit with Sand Crabs.
  • Restrictions: Females with external eggs are totally protected and must be returned to the water immediately.
  • Baiting: When using hoop nets or drop nets in marine waters (including from a jetty or boat) you:
    • can use fish or fish based products in hoop nets or drop nets
    • cannot use any type of meat, chicken or other poultry in hoop nets or drop nets. See the bait and berley guidelines for more information.

More information

Bream (all species)

Bream

  • Minimum size: 30 cm from tip of snout to tip of tail
  • Personal daily bag limit: 10
  • Daily boat limit when 3 or more people on board: 30

Closed season

  • 21 September 2019 to 30 November 2019 inclusive in the Lakes and Coorong.
  • 1 September to 30 November inclusive in the Onkaparinga River upstream of the Main South Road Bridge at Noarlunga. See closure information

Catfish - Hyrtl's & Silver Tandan

Catfish - Hyrtl's & Silver Tandan

  • No minimum size
  • Personal daily bag limit: 10
  • Daily boat limit when 3 or more people on board: 30

Restrictions: Hyrtl’s catfish and Silver Tandan catfish are not permitted to be taken from Cooper Creek in Lake Eyre Basin.

Congolli

Congolli

  • No size limits
  • Personal daily bag limit: 2
  • Daily boat limit when 3 or more people on board: 6

Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish

  • No minimum size
  • Personal daily bag limits: Either 15 Cuttlefish or a combined total of 15 Squid and Cuttlefish
  • Daily boat limit when 3 or more people on board: Either 45 Cuttlefish or a combined total of 45 Cuttlefish and Squid

Closures

Go to closure information

Flathead (all species)

Flathead

  • Minimum size: 30 cm measured from the tip of snout to tip of tail.
  • Personal daily bag limit: 10
  • Daily boat limit when 3 or more people on board: 30

Flounder

Flounder

  • No size limits.
  • Personal daily bag limit: 20
  • Daily boat limit when 3 or more people are on board: 60

Giant Crab

Giant Crab

  • Minimum size: 15 cm measured from the top to bottom of the carapace.
  • No bag or boat limit.
  • Restrictions: Females with external eggs are totally protected and must be returned to the water immediately.

Golden Perch - Callop

Golden Perch

  • Minimum size: 33 cm from tip of snout to tip of tail.
  • Personal daily bag limit: 5
  • Daily boat limit when 3 or more people on board: 15

Different limits apply to fishing in certain reservoirs, see information on