Long weekend is last chance

Catching brown trout, like this one, ends in rivers after this weekend.

Catching brown trout, like this one, ends in rivers after this weekend.

ANGLERS can fish for trout in NSW streams this long weekend.

But come Tuesday the season closes for the winter months, just like Victoria.

There is a difference with the closed season in NSW because it extends for an additional month compared to the Victorian closure.

The season opens in Victoria on September 5, but remains closed in NSW until October 4.

Department of Primary Industries senior inland fisheries manager Cameron Westaway said the closure allows brown and rainbow trout to breed uninterrupted during their annual spawning run.

“Anglers can continue fishing for trout during the annual closure without breaking the rules at any of the trout dams within NSW,” he said.

“Popular winter fishing spots include Lakes Jindabyne and Eucumbene near Jindabyne and Adaminaby, Oberon Dam near Oberon, Tantangara Reservoir near Kiandra, Talbingo Dam near Talbingo and Lake Hume.

“DPI, in conjunction with local acclimatisation societies, has been stocking trout dams and rivers in NSW for many years.

“During the 2013-14 season, around 2.7 million trout and salmon were stocked in NSW waterways.”

DPI director of fisheries compliance Glenn Tritton said it was an offence to fish in trout rivers and streams during the closed season for any species of fish.

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