Juvenile Snapper
Juvenile Snapper
Female Snapper
Female Snapper
Male Snapper
Male Snapper

You cannot fish for Snapper in the South East waters of South Australia without a Recreational Snapper tag. All Snapper tags have been allocated for the 2020 season.

Additionally, catch and release fishing that targets Snapper is prohibited for all recreational fishers, in all South Australian waters, at all times.

Unintentionally caught Snapper must be immediately returned to the water using a release weight.

For more information about handling and releasing unintentionally caught or undersized Snapper, download the South Australian recreational fishing - Snapper rules (PDF 698.3 KB) brochure.

These rules are in place until 31 January 2023 as part of the Snapper management measures that were introduced across the commercial, recreational and charter boat fishing sectors to achieve long term improvement and return the Snapper fishery to sustainable stock levels.

Snapper fishing for tag holders

Snapper tag holders can only target Snapper in South East waters from 1 February to 31 October 2020.

Tag holders must follow the Snapper tagging and reporting rules.

Snapper size limit for tag holders

A minimum legal size of 38 cm applies to Snapper caught by tag holders.

Map of South East waters

The Snapper closure map shows where tag holders can fish for Snapper in South East waters during the open season.

A map showing Snapper fishing closures in South Australia. A total Snapper fishing closure is in place in West Coast / Spencer Gulf / Gulf St Vincent waters until 11:59 pm on 31 January 2023. A seasonal closure is also in place in South East waters every year from 12:01 am on 1 November to 11.59 pm on 31 January.
Download the Snapper closure map (PDF 347.9 KB

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Page Last Reviewed: 10 Feb 2020
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