NICE ONE: Wondunna resident Greg Finney hooked this top barra during last year's season.
NICE ONE: Wondunna resident Greg Finney hooked this top barra during last year's season. ANDREW CHORLEY

Barra is back on the menu but be aware

ONE of Queensland's iconic fish species is now back on the menu.

But with barramundi season now officially open, Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Tony Loader is reminding Fraser Coast anglers to check the size and possession limits that apply to the sought-after catch.

"It's important that fishers refresh their knowledge of the rules and regulations before dropping a line to avoid being fined," Mr Loader said.

"The minimum size limit for barramundi on the east coast and Gulf of Carpentaria is 58 cm, the maximum size limit is 120 cm and the possession limit is five fish per person.

"For those fishing in some of Queensland's stocked freshwaters, one barramundi may be taken if it is greater than 120 cm."

Closed seasons have been in place for barramundi since October 7, 2018 in the Gulf of Carpentaria and on the east coast since November 1.

Mr Loader said annual closures apply to barramundi fishing to ensure the long-term sustainability of the fish species.

"The closed seasons which coincide with spawning periods protect barramundi stocks during this vulnerable time in their life cycle.

"This allows the fish to spawn and replenish to ensure healthy fish stocks for current and future generations of Queenslanders."

If you suspect illegal fishing, whether seen in person or online, report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116. Don't engage with the person, as this can compromise an investigation.

For the full list of these stocked freshwater locations, visit daf.qld. gov.au/fisheries/recreational /rules-regulations/closed- seasons-fresh-waters.

For more information on Queensland's fishing closed seasons, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23 or download the free 'Qld Fishing' app from Apple and Google app stores.