FOR cod's sake - it is time to leave the fish alone.
A spawning season closure applies to Mary River cod and Murray cod from September 1 to November 30.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officer Coby Walker said fishers should be aware that the closed seasons for these species have changed since last year.
"In February, changes were made to the legislation to increase the protection for Mary River cod and Murray cod," Mr Walker said.
"Outside the closed season, Mary River cod is a no take species in all waters except upstream of the walls of Cressbrook, Hinze, Maroon, Moogerah, North Pine, Somerset and Wivenhoe dams, and lakes Dyer (Bill Gunn Dam) and Clarendon.
"It was found that Mary River cod are breeding in the waters within and upstream of these impoundments, so a three month closure has been implemented to protect them during their spawning period.
"For Mary River cod, the closure applies to all Queensland non-tidal waters, including stocked impoundments."
Mr Walker said the closed season for Murray cod applies only to Queensland waters within the Murray Darling Drainage Division.
An exception to this closed season applies to Beardmore, Beehive, Connolly, Cooby, Coolmunda, Glenlyon, Leslie and Storm King dams where the fish are stocked.
"Fish caught during the spawning season puts them and their ability to breed at risk," Mr Walker said.
"For this reason, the closure was expanded to include all areas within their natural distribution.
"If fishing for Murray cod at one of the stocked impoundments where the closure does not apply, a minimum size limit of 60 cm, maximum size limit of 110 cm and a possession limit of 2 applies.
"The annual closed seasons for Mary River cod and Murray cod are an important measure taken to allow these species to reproduce so that there are viable stocks of these fish for future generations to enjoy."
If you suspect illegal fishing, whether you see it in person or online, report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116.
Do not approach the people involved, as this can compromise an investigation.
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