Marron season starts Friday

THE four-week season marron fishing started at noon on Friday .

Thousands of people are expected to go recreational marron fishing during the season.

Fisheries Minister Ken Baston said about 14,000 people had sought licences to fish for marron at the Murray, Deep, Gardner, Warren, Donnelly, Blackwood, Capel, Collie, Preston, Moore and Hutt rivers.

Marron fishing with snare nets is also permitted at Waroona, Logue Brook, Margaret River, Big Brook, Drakesbrook, Glen Mervyn, Wellington dams and Harvey River and dam.

For those fishing at Harvey Dam, Waroona Dam and the Hutt River, fishers can take five marron a day over the size of 90 millimetres within 500 metres of the waterline.

In all other open water, the daily bag limit is eight marron over the size of 80mm (from noon one day until noon the next day).

Mr Baston said recreational fishers made special trips to these places to enjoy the annual getaway experience to fish for WA’s popular freshwater crayfish.

Fishers should contact the FishWatch number on 1800 815 507 if they see marron impacted by low water levels and water quality or to report illegal marron fishing activities.

Fisheries and marine officers will be on patrol before and during the season to ensure people catching marron are sticking to the rules – especially in regard to using the correct fishing gear. Marron can only be caught using specific drop nets, scoop net, or bushman’s pole snare. All other fishing gear, including any type of trap, is illegal.

Visit http://www.fish.wa.gov.au.