The Murray Cod fishery is open for catch and release from 1 January to 31 July each year and it is illegal to lift any size Murray Cod out of the water in South Australia during this time.
Whilst the Murray Cod are somewhat elusive, the same cannot be said for Carp! Dubbed ‘rabbits of the river’, the introduced carp has gained the dubious honour of being Australia’s most abundant and despised large fresh water fish. Carp are accused of a multitude of problems that plague our inland river systems, from the decline of native fish to degrading habitats. They are also largely responsible for the river being muddy!
For something a little more novel, why not take the kids yabbying? Yabbies are abundant from October to April. You can purchase nets cheaply at most outdoor/fishing retailers.
If you really want to go wild with your fishing adventure, then you can't beat fishing straight off the beach at the Coorong. You'll need a 4 x wheel drive, and you can cross at Salt Creek. The Salt Creek Roadhouse has all the fishing gear you will need. And don't forget your BBQ so you can enjoy your catch.
For more information regarding the regulations for recreational fishing in South Australia, visit http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing/recreational_fishing