BASS IS BACK: Anglers will hit the water from this weekend for Australian bass.
BASS IS BACK: Anglers will hit the water from this weekend for Australian bass. Contributed

Australian bass back for another season

RECREATIONAL anglers will be hitting the water this weekend as the annual closed season for Australian bass comes to an end.

Australian bass are off limits in Queensland tidal waters from June 1 to August 31, 2018, to protect the species during its breeding cycle.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol technical support officer David Kahler encourages anglers to try their luck this weekend in their favourite spots this weekend.

"Fishers can return to their favourite tidal fishing spot to catch Australian bass from this Saturday, September 1,” Kahler said.

"It's important to remember that size and possession limits apply. The minimum size for Australian bass is 30 centimetres and the possession limit is two per person at any one time.”

Kahler said the annual closed season was vital to protect this migratory fish species during a vulnerable time when they head downstream to spawn in brackish waters each year.

"The closed season for Australian bass is an important measure to allow stocks to replenish and ensure there are sustainable fisheries for current and future generations of Queensland anglers to enjoy,” he said.

For more information about Australian bass and other closed seasons that apply to fishing in Queensland, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au.