Licence-free weekend for freshwater fishers

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On this year's Father's Day weekend, people can fish for free with Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly declaring a licence-free period.

The period will be on August 31 and September 1, the same weekend as TroutFest.

The TroutFest will run on Saturday August 31 from 10am to 1.30pm, and will provide the community the opportunity to hand-release a few thousand trout into the waterway.

Recfishwest will also be offering up freshwater tackle and rigging information, casting demonstrations, as well as fly casting lessons and demonstrations, a kids fishing clinic and casting challenge at the event.

Although it's a licence-free weekend for freshwater fishing, people are still required to adhere to the bag limit of four and the minimum size limit of 300mm for rainbow and brown trout.

Minister Kelly said next weekend will be the perfect opportunity for those wanting to try out freshwater fishing. 

"As spring arrives, more and more Western Australians will want to catch the sun and wet a line to grab their bag limit of trout," he said. 

"There will be plenty of opportunity to hook a great fish, with the Government and Recfishwest stocking around 700,000 rainbow and brown trout into popular freshwater angling dams and waterways this year."

For more details on South-west freshwater angling, go to to see the current guide.

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