Fishing

The Entrance is famous for its fishing, both in the ocean beaches and lakes.  Whether you fish for sport or leisure, there are many locations where you can drop a line in and try your luck in our waterways.

The Entrance area is known for many fish species.  Fish the beaches for mulloway, tailor, flathead, whiting, bream and salmon or try the estuary for flathead, whiting, bream, luderick and mullet.  Prawns and crabs are also popular catches in Tuggerah Lakes.

By fishing safely and responsibly you will be sure to enjoy your fishing adventure while protecting our beautiful waterways and birdlife.

Fishing Regulations

When fishing in NSW waters, both fresh and salt water, you are required by law to carry a NSW fishing licence.  This applies when line fishing (rod or hand line); spear fishing; bait collecting or when collecting invertebrates using methods such as hand gathering, digging, pumping, trapping and prawn netting.  This also applies when in possession of fishing gear in, on or adjacent to waters.

NSW recreational fishing licences are available for 3 days $7.00, 1 month $14.00, 1 year $35.00 or 3 years $85.00.  You can purchase a licence by calling 1300 369 365, online at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au, Kmart stores or from our Visitor Information Centre located in Marine Parade at The Entrance.

Recreational fishing licences issued by other states, territories or countries are not valid for fishing in NSW waters.  All visitors must pay the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee.

Licence exemptions:             

  • Persons under the age of 18.
  • An adult assisting persons under the age of 18 to take fish using a single rod per child or to take prawns using a single dip or scoop net per child.
  • A person fishing in a private dam with a surface area of two hectares or less.
  • An Indigenous Australian.

The holder of:  

  • A current Pensioner Concession Card issued by Centrelink.
  • A current Pensioner Concession Card issued by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
  • A Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Treatment Card endorsed “Totally and Permanently Incapacitated”.
  • A Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Treatment Card endorsed “Extreme Disablement Adjustment”.
  • A letter from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs stating that you receive a disability pension of 70% or higher, or an intermediate pension.

These exemptions only apply to the primary card holder.  Recreational fishers must have these cards in their possession to be exempt. Please note that seniors cards, health care cards and repatriation health cards do not exempt you from paying the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee.

Responsible Fishing

Fishing regulations apply to help maintain healthy and sustainable fish levels for current and future generations. Minimum size limits allow fish to reach maturity and complete their breeding cycle, while bag limits help to ensure everyone gets a fair share of the resource and a species is not overfished.
Protected and threatened species, if caught please return these species to the water.
Birds and other aquatic animals can be injured by accidental hooking and may become entangled in unattended lines or discarded fishing tackle.

So when you are fishing please:

  • Fish away from bird feeding and nesting areas.
  • Avoid using unattended lines.
  • Avoid using stainless steel hooks which take years to break down in the environment.
  • Collect and dispose of any discarded fishing line and rubbish responsibly.
  • Cut discarded fishing line into small pieces to avoid entanglement in case birds and other animals scavenge rubbish bins.
  • DON’T leave ANYTHING behind.  Even plastic bags can prove fatal to our wildlife.

For rescue advice or if you see injured wildlife contact: 

Australian Seabird Rescue – 0438 862 676
Wildlife ARC  - (02) 4325 0666
WIRES – 1300 094 737
National Parks and Wildlife Service (injured whales, dolphins & seals) – 131 555.

Information is supplied courtesy of NSW Department of Primary Industries.  For further information on rules and regulations, size and bag limits, threatened species, please visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au