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Pelican Waters QLD Boating and Fishing
Bait
The use of fish and crustaceans such as spangled perch, redclaw (redclaw crayfish), freshwater prawn (shrimp) and yabbies (blueclaw crayfish) as bait (dead or alive) is prohibited outside their natural environment or range.

This is to prevent species from becoming established in foreign habitats and causing environmental damage. Any fish caught to be used as bait must comply with all recreational fishing regulations (such as size and bag limits, and closed seasons).

No-take species cannot be used as bait.

Any fish that are not native to the area (non-indigenous and noxious) must not be put back in the water even as bait.

Contact Fisheries Queensland for more detailed information about the river basins in which particular species can be used as bait.

Natural ranges for some commonly used live bait species

Redclaw or redclaw crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus) are native to the Gulf of Carpentaria Drainage Division and some river basins in the far northern portion of the East Coast Drainage Division. Redclaw can be used as bait only in these areas.

Freshwater prawn or shrimp (Macrobrachium australiensis) are found throughout Queensland and can be used as bait in all areas of the state.

Yabby or blueclaw crayfish (Cherax destructor) are found naturally in the Murray–Darling, Lake Eyre and Bulloo–Bancannia drainage divisions, and some river basins in the East Coast Drainage Division. Yabbies can be used as bait only in these areas.

Contact Fisheries Queensland for more detailed information about the river basins in which particular species can be used as bait.

Catch local bait


The easiest way to prevent movement of fish species is to catch your bait at the location where you are fishing.

But remember, any noxious or non-indigenous fish are not to be put back into the water or used as bait, even if caught at that location.

 

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