When fishing in NSW waters, both freshwater and saltwater, you'll need to carry a receipt showing your payment of the Recreational Fishing Fee. This applies 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.Apply online
Apply for a Recreational Fishing Licence
You must pay the NSW recreational fishing fee to fish in fresh and saltwater in NSW, unless you're:
- under the age of 18 years
- an adult helping a person under the age of 18 to take a fish using a single rod or to take prawns using a single dip or scoop net
- a person fishing in a private dam with a surface area of 2 hectares or less
- an Aboriginal person, or
- the holder of any of the following:
- a current Pensioner Concession Card issued by Centrelink
- a current Pensioner Concession Card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs
- Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs Gold Treatment Card endorsed 'Totally and Permanently Incapacitated'
- Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs Gold Treatment Card endorsed 'Extreme Disablement Adjustment', or
- a letter from the Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs stating that you receive a disability pension of 70% or higher, or an intermediate pension.
Seniors Cards, Health Care Cards and Repatriation Health Cards will not exempt you from paying the fishing fee.
To make sure that you have all the information and documentation you need to complete this transaction, please visit Department of Primary IndustriesApply online