Get hooked but don't get booked

Recreational anglers are advised to follow the rules this holiday season and ensure they hold a valid NSW Recreational Fishing Fee Receipt. 

“Fishing is an integral part of an Australian summer for many people but it’s important to remember that if you’re trying your luck on the water during the break, you had better make sure you’ve got your fishing receipt in your pocket too,” NSW Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson said.

“The NSW Recreational Fishing Fee Receipt is required for all types of fishing activity in NSW including angling, netting for prawns, spear fishing and shellfish gathering, and must be carried at all times.

“Summer holidays are usually one of the busiest times on the water for our fisheries officers and seasonal fishers can sometimes forget that they need a receipt to fish in NSW.

“But a $200 on-the-spot fine applies for fishing without a valid fishing receipt, unless exempt, and a $75 fine will apply if fishers do not have the receipt in their immediate possession.”

Hodgkinson said money raised from the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee is placed into two trusts and spent on projects to improve recreational fishing in NSW. 

The types of fees available include $7 for three days, $14 for one month, $35 for one year or $85 for three years. 

NSW Recreational Fishing Fees can be paid at more than 1000 outlets including bait and tackle shops, online at or by calling 1300 369 365.

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