Redfin perch is listed as a reportable species on Schedule 1 of the Biosecurity Regulations, 2017. As such, it is illegal to release (except immediately at the place of capture, which is not recommended) or move, buy or sell or be in possession of live redfin perches. Failure to comply can result in severe penalties. Red-finned bass, also known as yellow perch, is a medium-sized freshwater fish native to northern Europe. First introduced to Australia for fishing in the 1860s, redfin perch are now widespread in the coldest parts of NSW, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, southeastern South Australia and southwestern Western Australia. It is illegal to be in possession of LIVE red pole. It is illegal to be in possession of a live red perch in New South Wales (e.g. in a bucket, aquariums, care net, living well, etc.) and you can be fined. Anglers can only own red bass, for example on the ice in an esky. One of the greatest threats to native goldfish is their potential to spread the epizootic viral disease of hematopoietic necrosis (HEN). This disease, which was first isolated in 1985 and is unique to Australia, can lead to the mass death of young redfin perches during the summer months. Listen to the Australian Lure Fishing podcast with Alan from FishingMad on how to catch the redtail with a bait? Other common names: Redfin, English perch, Eurasian perch. The list does not prevent anglers from catching and catching redfin bass.

There is no size or pocket limit for redfin bass in New South Wales. On July 1, the New South Wales government enacted the new Biosafety Act 2015 (the Act). Under this new legislation, Redfin Bass will be declared a reportable species in New South Wales, Schedule 1 of the Biosecurity Regulations, 2017 (the Regulations). Part 2 of the regulation makes it illegal to possess, buy, sell or move this pest in New South Wales. Severe penalties apply for non-compliance NSW DPI has considered a number of options for targeted control and/or red efferon control to limit the impact on endangered species. As with all nuisance fish in open water, it currently appears to be very difficult to eradicate redfin bass populations or prevent natural spread to new areas. Read our detailed guide on the best bait to catch reds. These predatory fish are not too picky and will try most bait. The right options are soft plastics, spinners, blades and hard bodies.

A good starting point could be a colored soft plastic curly tail on a 1/8 – 1/12 template head. Pour the plastic and let it run on the floor. Redfin often hits a bait when swimming down. Wait a few seconds, then lift and recover and stop again for the plastic to touch the ground. Alternatively, a slow and steady rolling keeps the bait close to the bottom. If you`re targeting reddies for soft plastics and baits, we recommend a lightweight spinning rod that`s 1-3 or 2-4 pounds that`s about 7 feet long. Coupled with a lightweight reel size 1000-2500, wound with a line and guide of 4 pounds or 6 pounds. Bait fishing uses a rod of 2-4 or 3-5 kilos about 7 feet long. Coupled to a roller of size 2500-3000. Then a paternoster platform with a small lead at the bottom and some bushworms. In 2006, the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) discovered populations of red perch in parts of the upper catchment areas of Lachlan, Abercrombie and Wollondilly. These areas, previously free of red perch, are home to some of the last known populations of native Macquarie perch and southern dwarf perch in New South Wales.

In 2008, red efferne was also discovered in Oberon Dam in the upper Macquarie watershed. If you catch a red, it should be shipped immediately humanely and used or disposed of appropriately. It is not a criminal offence to immediately release a redtail if the fisherman wishes, but it is preferable that it not be released alive. It is not a crime to be in possession of a dead red pole captured to take home. No – Redfin bass are a reportable species in New South Wales and are therefore illegal to possess or store them in New South Wales. See Fish Storage for details on stocking licences in New South Wales.

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