When fishing in NSW waters, both freshwater and saltwater, you must carry your recreational fishing licence or a receipt showing your payment of the recreational fishing fee, at all times. This includes when spear fishing, hand lining, hand gathering, trapping, bait collecting and prawn netting, or when in possession of fishing gear in, on or near these waters.
You can apply for a recreational fishing licence online.
Once you have your licence, you can access it digitally using your mobile phone or tablet device. You'll need to have a MyServiceNSW Account and the latest version of the Service NSW app. You can then link your MyServiceNSW Account to the Department of Primary Industries.
Fishing fee exemptions: people who meet certain criteria are exempt from paying. If you are exempt, you must carry your pensioner/concession card while fishing and produce it if requested by an authorised officer.Apply online