Marron fishers out in force

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Sportsmarine Bunbury’s Rory Grobb has the scoop on the latest marron gear ahead of the 2019 season.
Camera IconSportsmarine Bunbury’s Rory Grobb has the scoop on the latest marron gear ahead of the 2019 season. Credit: Justin Fris

The 2019 marron season kicks off at noon today, with stringent conditions in place for those keen to try their luck.

No equipment is to be set prior to the opening and all intending anglers must be licensed and carry it with them at all times.

Areas in which marron are caught are defined by either trophy — where the marron able to be caught are bigger — or other open-water areas.

There are several ways to catch marron including drop nets, snares and a scoop net. Both daily limit (eight in non-trophy and five in trophy water) and season possession (16) limits also apply.

Anglers are only permitted to use a snare in trophy waters in a bid to ensure stocks remain replenished.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development aquatic resource management director Nathan Harrison outlined the importance of adhering to guidelines.

“During the four-week season, large numbers of marron fishers are expected to flock to popular camping locations on the major South West freshwater rivers and irrigation dams including the Wellington Dam, the Blackwood River, Moore River and Harvey Dam.”

For more information, visit: http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/Documents/recreational_fishing/licences/rec_licence_marron.pdf.

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